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Established in 1997, this nationally recognized program enables African-American male high school students to achieve and maintain a 3.0 grade point average or higher. The program promotes character growth, leadership skills and critical thinking, while encouraging its members to become full citizens of the school and the community. These students are required to develop relationships with Howard County middle school students and complete a minimum of 21 hours of service learning annually.  Please visit the Alpha Achiever Program website for additional information (

In addition, the Harambee Conference provides the opportunity for Alpha Achiever student representatives from all twelve Howard County public high schools to convene around a theme of uplifting themselves and their community.   Past conference themes have included:

  • “Profits With A Purpose - Social Entrepreneurship”

  • “Black Mental Health Matters”

  • “Careers: Your Passion, Your Talent & Your Preparation”

  • “Black Lives Matter - The Next Steps”

  • “The Black Tax: The Cost of Being Black in America”

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