Bigger and Better Business
Bigger and Better Business became the first national program of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. It was first introduced to the fraternity at the 10th anniversary Conclave held in Philadelphia, PA, in December 1924.
Currently, our chapter implements this program by supporting minority-owned businesses at every opportunity we have.
Nationally, our fraternity advances economic opportunities for our community through initiatives such as Project SEED (Sigma Economic Empowerment Development), an IRS partnership and the PBS Federal Credit Union.
Phi Beta Sigma has from its very beginning concerned itself with improving the general well-being of minority groups. In 1934, a well-defined program of Social Action was formulated and put into action.
Our chapter puts this program into action through the following projects:
Voter Education Programs
Domestic Violence Forums
National Anti-Hazing Day
Lend-a-Hand Foundation backpack and toy drives
Richmond Literacy Day
The founders of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., were all educators in their own right. The genesis of the Education program lies in the traditional emphasis that the fraternity placed on education.
Our chapter’s education projects include:
Sigma Wellness Golf Tournament
Volunteering at the Oakland Invitational Relays
Andrew McCarter Memorial Scholarship
Hansberry Theater and African American Shakespeare Company
UNCF Walk for Education
Sigma Beta Club
In 1950 Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity became the first Greek organization to develop a youth auxiliary group. Under the direction of Dr. Parlette L. Moore the Sigma Beta Club was founded. Brother Moore was concerned about our changing needs in our communities and recognized the important role that Sigma men could play in the lives of our youth.
The Sigma Beta Clubs’ four major principles of focus are on Culture, Athletics, Social and Educational needs. The Sigma Beta Club offers a unique opportunity to develop values, leadership skills and social/cultural awareness in our youth during their developmental years. Sigma Beta Club programs are geared to meet the needs of its members, but at the same time provide them with a well-rounded outlook that is needed to cope with today’s society. Phi Beta Sigma is confident that investing in our youth today will produce the effective leaders of tomorrow.
Currently, our chapter’s Sigma Beta Club is based at Anna Yates Elementary School in Emeryville. We work with young men ages 8 to 18.
Here is a brief look into how our Sigma Beta Club changes young men’s lives: