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Augusta Fraternity Aims to Build Futures in Youth

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For six years, the men of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity have chosen dozens of at-risk boys-- grades 6 thru 8-- to restructure their foundations by mentoring and tutoring. They call the initiative Project BBUILD.

The members of the Alpha Mu Boule hope to leave that message with these young men about their futures. No matter how hopeless, no matter how far, the Boule Brothers are  Uplifting, Influencing, Leading, and Developing youth and BUILDing on their futures.

Dr. Ronald Brown, project director, explains "those who are from single family homes, those where there is not a male presence, those where some of the boys may be having problems academically. We may even identify an A student who may have some problems at home."

Once selected, the boys are tutored in math and literature. Two subjects that Noe Lopez says the project really helped him grasp.

"At project build they teach us better and more strategies," Noe Lopez, a Project BBuild Student shares.

Strategies that Lopez says range far beyond the classroom. Since his parents don't speak much English, the organization has helped him adjust.

Lopez says, "Right now, I 'I've got a mentor and they follow me through high school and they help me and talk to me about stuff."

Stuff like Lopez's dreams of joining the JROTC in high school. Then, going on to the Air Force and becoming a pediatrician; the type of future Project BBUILD's organizers dream for students.

"We have high expectations of these young boys,"Dr. Brown assures.

Expectations that Lopez has begun to polish in his 3 year tenure with Project BUILD. And although he's graduating from the program, he plans to keep the lessons learned with him as he moves forward.

Lopez advises, "you should put studies in front of you, then play next."

Project BBUILD only serves Richmond County public schools at this time. If you'd like to know more about the project, contact the Program Director, Dr. Ronald Brown Sr. by home. The numbers are 706-513-5429 or 706-733-5429.

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