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Alpha Beta Omega (ΑBO)

World Leaders Society

Who Are We?

Alpha Beta Omega (ΑBO) is a unique and rewarding leadership development program for GRCC students. The purpose of ΑBO is to provide its members with a positive social network of students who have goals of becoming responsible community leaders.

Vision

The full and true realization of moral, intellectual, social, and economic advancement for all ΑBO members.

Mission

ΑBO is a society dedicated to providing young scholars with relational, educational, and cultural experiences that will instill the leadership qualities necessary to effectively serve our local, national, and global community.

What We Believe

The five core principles of ΑBO are Fellowship, Scholarship, Ownership, Leadership and Citizenship.

1. Fellowship

As a society of young scholars, we will function in the spirit of love, respect, and empowerment when communicating with one another.

2. Scholarship

As a society of scholars, we are devoted and united in a shared pursuit towards obtaining the knowledge base and skill set necessary to function as relevant thinkers, culture shapers, and world leaders.

3. Ownership

As a society of young scholars, it is our purpose, duty, and responsibility to ensure the collective advancement of the human race.

4. Leadership

As a society of young scholars, we influence and direct our families, our culture, our country, and our world in a positive and prosperous direction.

5. Citizenship

As a society of scholars, we will use our intelligence, charisma, and wisdom to passionately and relentlessly solve the world issues that challenge our generation.

The ΑBO Motto

Knowledge is power. We are power.

Today we choose to answer our calling.

Our fate is blessed. Our destiny is sacred.

We are a people of passion, principal, and purpose.

We were created with every ability necessary to perform our purpose.

Nothing outside of us can defeat us.

Knowledge is power. We are power.

3-Year Academic Performance Summary

The ABO data below represents a 3-year, semester-by-semester breakdown of the program's successful course completion data.

Successful Course Completion Equals C- or Higher

TABLE 1: Successful Course Completion (C- or Higher), 2012-2015

Fall Cohort ABO Students All African American Male Students
2012 71% 51%
2013 73% 54%
2014 84%

57%

2015 82% 61%

Grade Point Average  

TABLE 2: GPA Comparison, 2012-2015

Fall Cohort ABO Students All African American Male Students
2012 2.77 1.85
2013 2.34 1.77
2014 2.54 1.98
2015 2.66 2.01

Student Persistence

TABLE 3: Student Persistence Comparison, 2012-2015

Persistence Measure by Semester ABO Students Black Male Students All GRCC Students
Fall to winter (part-time students) 79% 63% 66%
Fall to winter (full-time students) 88% 77% 83%
Fall to fall (part-time students) 52% 34% 41%
Fall to fall (full-time students) 75% 38% 50%

Transfer and Graduation

Since its inception, a total of 26 ABO students have graduated from GRCC. A total of four of these graduates have completed their Bachelors degree from a 4-year University. Two of these students are now in graduate school.

Since its inception, a total of 28 ABO students have transferred to 4-year Universities.

Program Components

ABO Mentors help ABO students design and develop personalized:

  1. College Learning Strategies
  2. Career Development Pathways
  3. Life Success Strategies

ABO students have the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through:

  1. Staff and Faculty Mentoring
  2. Internship Opportunities
  3. Research Fellowships
  4. Job Shadowing
  5. Community Mentoring
  6. Employment Preparation Job Placement
  7. Peer Mentoring
  8. Weekly Group Meetings
  9. Volunteer Opportunities

ABO students have daily access to:

  1. 1-on-1 Tutoring
  2. Study Tables
  3. Math and Writing Groups

ABO Student Testimonials

ABO has influenced me by….

“Giving me a sense of comfort. It is also a very enthusiastic environment.”

“Opening my mind to so many things in life.”

“Helping me develop a better understanding on how to treat myself and others.”

“Keeping me motivated to keep going and not give up on life.”

“Influencing me to be a better person in and out of school.”

“Helping me learn more about myself.”

“Helping me stay focused and I can always get all the help I need if I need it.”

“Helping me be accountable academically and has introduced me to a lot of cool people.”

“Motivating me to tap more into my potential as a young man and a student.”

“Providing me helpful tool to allow me to succeed.”

“Giving me tools and positive male figures.”

“Giving me an outlet to express myself as well as be around like minded people who want something out of life.”

GRCC Staff and Faculty Testimonials

“I have seen the ABO program directly impact student's confidence, desire to learn, accomplishments, professionalism, maturity and critical thinking in a most remarkable way.”

Mansfield Matthewson - C.P.M., Director of Purchasing

 

“Since it's inception, the Men of ABO have effectively raised expectations of African American men on campus by providing peer accountability and an expectation of academic excellence and leadership.”  

Raynard Ross - Associate Dean of Student Success and Retention