On Friday, November 4, 2011, the brothers of Lambda Theta Phi participated in a high school outreach program on the CSU Long Beach campus. Students from Manuel Arts High School from Los Angeles came by bus to visit this campus. While here, students were given several workshops promoting college life and educating on vital topics that incoming students need to know about. The ultimate goal of the outreach was to encourage them to continue their education and get the excited for the journey that awaits college students. Following the workshops, students were given a lunch break in the CSULB Student Union. Afterwards, rain limited us to remaining indoors so the students were allowed to visit the Games Center in the Student Union. Many different organizations from Long Beach State collaborated in this great event, making this outreach possible. These included Lambda Theta Phi, Sigma Lambda Beta, Zeta Phi Beta, Hermanos Unidos, FUEL, CAMP, EOP and HSI.
On November 3, 2011, Lambda Theta Phi and Iota Phi Theta hosted the 3rd annual Yardshow at CSU Long Beach. The event was open to the public, free of charge and held at the Southwest Terrace from 6:30-9 pm. Fraternities and Sororities from CSU Long Beach were invited to come to the event and socialize with each other and put on performances for the crowd. The organizations in attendance either strolled, stepped, saluted or put on skits for the audience. It was a tremendous event and was an excellent example of how great Greek Unity is at The Beach!
On Friday, October 28, 2011, the Brothers of Lambda Theta Phi, Latin Fraternity Inc. invited 60 high school AVID students from Woodrow Wilson High School from Los Angeles, CA. The purpose of bringing high school students to CSU Long Beach is not only promoting higher education, but also to show students a college campus. Throughout Alpha Iota's 14 years at CSU Long Beach, we found that many students did not get the opportunity to actually step onto a college campus. We feel it is important to grant high school students this opportunity because they then can see themselves continuing higher education on our very campus.
The students arrived at 9 AM and we split them into tour groups leading them from lower campus to upper campus. The students were also given four workshops: Admissions, Financial Aid, CAMP and a Student Panel. The Admissions and Financial Aide workshops were done by Outreach Director of the CAMP program and fellow Brother of Lambda Theta Phi, Gamma Delta Chapter (UC Santa Barbara), Jaime Carias. The student panel consisted of our Brothers going up in front of the class and the students asking whatever they wished to know. Many questions were focused on campus life and why we were doing this outreach for them. Simply put, we told them our goal is to see you on our campus, and motivate more minority students.
We look forward to working Wilson High School again, as well as hosting more high school outreaches just like this in the very near future!