On October 15, 2023, the Alpha Esquires partnered with the Black Surfers Collective to participate in our very first Pan African Beach Day – An Intro to Surfing. An amazing time was had. Some of the boys had rarely frequented the beach and surely had never been on a surfboard. One of the missions of Alpha Esquires Inc. is to provide our mentees with experiences outside of their normal routine. Surfing was definitely an unique adventure which left each mentee eagerly awaiting their next lesson.
On September 23, 2023, we had our first workshop of the season, “The Definition of Manhood” facilitated by Taquan Stewart Phd. What an event! The classroom was packed and the energy was high. Dr Stewart had the boys participate in a fire writing session which resulted in them defining how they believed a man should behave. Through a series of poems and videos, the Esquires walked away with tools they could use daily. It was wonderful to see them work together to achieve a common goal.
On September 9, 2023, we had our 2023/2024 Alpha Esquires Kickoff! Twenty Eight Esquires were in attendance and five new Esquires applied on the spot. It was a great day of interaction with the Esquires, parents, and mentors, which concluded with the Esquires advising what career paths they would like to take, what they wanted to gain from the program, and compiling a list of fun activities they would like to do. The Kickoff was a grand success.