P_R_I_N_C_E_ _W_I_L_L_I_A_M_ _C_O_U_N_T_Y,_ _VA_— _July 4, 2018
The Omega U students and Brothers of Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL) Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., participated in the 47th annual Dale City Independence Day Parade to celebrate the 4th of July. PLL has been supporting the event over the past several years, and this marked the first year the Omega U program and students participated in the parade. The Independence Day Parade brings together various organizations and people to celebrate Independence Day and learn more about Dale City and surrounding communities. The parade had thousands of participants and onlookers for the 47th annual Independence Parade. In addition to Pi Lambda Lambda, the parade included scouting troops, churches, politicians, performing arts groups and other groups from throughout the area.
PLL’s participation continues our continuing outreach in the region and highlights our dedication to our community. Pi Lambda Lambda Basileus (President) thanked all those who came out to support this event while enduring the sweltering heat to support our neighbors of Dale City as we all celebrate the nation’s independence.
During the past two years, the Omega U Program has executed over 100 hours of community service, 300 hours of weekend mentoring events, 280 hours of after school mentoring, and has provided total man-hours valued over $150K to PWC schools since 2016 and more than $500K since 2009. Prince William County School district is the 2nd largest school system in the state of Virginia, and the 4th largest in the Washington Metropolitan Area. Over this period, students of Omega U executed student led INOVA Hospital Blood Drives, Feeding the Homeless, Highway Cleanup, and annual support of the National Public Lands Day at Leesylvania Park in Woodbridge, Virginia. Omega U is open to all youth male youths from 3rd grade to graduating seniors and targets students’ enrollment from low-income single parent families.
The Omega U Program mission is to serve, support, and partner with the Prince William County Public Schools by offering a “Word Class Education” with after school and weekend mentoring initiatives that includes STEM Labs and the Omega U Flight Drone Program, Pre-College Initiative (PCI), Career Readiness workshops, college field trips, and health and sports initiatives.
In 2018, Omega U became a National Society of Black Engineer Jr Chapter serving PWC partnering with Virginia State University, Virginia Tech University, Northern Virginia Community College, and George Mason University. In July 2018, Omega U student scholars from single-parent families will attend a week-long Engineering Camp at Virginia Tech, College of Engineering. Omega U students will attend at no-cost to their family and live on campus for one week while attending engineering, physics, and science classes with hands-on labs to foster a better understanding and increased knowledge in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. To learn more about Omega U, please visit our website at http://www.omegaupwc.com.
Omega U is the youth mentorship program of Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. This program currently serves six elementary, middle, and high schools across Prince William County. Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL) Chapter is a graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., an international nonprofit social and civic service organization that has more than 700 chapters with 100,000 members in 14 countries worldwide.
Since the Chapter’s founding in Dumfries, Va., in January 2004, PLL has supported public and community events across the region, benefiting scholarship, health promotion, youth mentorship, citizenship and social action. Pi Lambda Lambda (PLL) received the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated International Chapter of the Year Award in 2016 and the Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated Chapter of the Year in 2017. This recognition marks the third time since the Chapter’s founding in 2004 that PLL was honored with the most prestigious international honor bestowed by the Fraternity and the fifth time being recognized by the Third District.
Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter serves Prince William County, the cities of Manassas, Manassas Park, and Stafford County.
Story by Eddie A. Stephens, Jr., Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter Editor