Alpha Phi Omega is a co-educational National Service Fraternity with the active chapters at more than 350 universities and colleges nationwide. The purpose of the fraternity is to assemble college students in a national service fraternity in the fellowship of principles derived from the Scout Oath and Law of the Boy Scouts of America; to develop leadership, to promote friendship and to provide service to humanity; and to further freedom that is our national, educational and intellectual heritage. The Fraternity was founded on the principles of the Boy Scouts of America. Scouting affiliation is not a requirement to join the Fraternity; however, many chapter service programs include activities with Scouting and other youth services organizations.
Membership in Alpha Phi Omega is open to all enrolled students and is as diverse as the college population itself. Currently there are approximately 19,000 active chapter members with over 365,000 living alumni. Alpha Phi Omega is the single most representative undergraduate intercollegiate organization in the United States of America. Each chapter, operating under the National Bylaws and Standard Chapter Articles of Association, recruits its own membership, selects its leadership and develops its service program. University or college approval is required for each chapter to be in good standing with the National Fraternity. Nationally, Alpha Phi Omega is governed by a biennial convention composed of student delegates from each chapter. Voting delegates at each convention consider legislation; elect a volunteer National Board of Directors and set fees and priorities. The National Office in Independence, Missouri, provides supplies and other resources and coordinates national educational programs, such as leadership development workshops, service exchanges and national programs.
Leadership, Friendship, and Service
Alpha Phi Omega offers its members many opportunities for leadership development. At the chapter level, an active brother may become an officer and serve the chapter in that capacity.
At the Sectional, Regional, and National levels, workshops and conferences are held regularly to develop leadership among members. APO LEADS is the official leadership development program of Alpha Phi Omega and offers individuals "A Personal Odyssey of Learning, Leading, and Serving."
After graduation, an APO member may serve in a variety of alumni positions, including chapter advisor, Sectional Chair, Regional Chair or National Committee member.
While offering valuable leadership opportunities, another distinguishing characteristic of Alpha Phi Omega is its many social activities. Chapter activities known as Fellowships are held to promote friendship and include dinners, retreats, and movie nights held through-out the academic year.
Alpha Phi Omega is the only national fraternity with service as its primary mission. Service is broken into the areas of
1) service to the nation,
2) service to the community,
3) service to the campus, and
4) service to the members of the Fraternity.
Service to the nation may include sponsoring a project for Alpha Phi Omega's National Service Week, held in November of each year, or helping with voter registration drives.
Service to the community is probably the biggest area of service for most chapters. Community projects have included organizing neighborhood cleanups, Adopt-a-Highway, firetruck cleaning, and helping with local Red Cross Blood Drives.
Service to the campus is directed specifically to the needs of the college or university campus on which the Alpha Phi Omega chapter resides. Related activities include helping out at university events, assisting and orientating new students, tutoring, and volunteering in campus offices.
Service to the members is performed by actively recruiting and participating in chapter activities, which helps to build unity and friendship among new and old members.