basket raffle / pancake breakfast!    Jan 6, 2018  at 9:00 AM  

basket raffle / pancake breakfast!

Jan 6, 2018  at 9:00 AM  

  Come visit us at our new home  this Saturday , January 6th for our annual basket raffle. Doors open at 9:00 AM. Hot pancake breakfast ! $ 12 pp

Come visit us at our new home  this Saturday , January 6th for our annual basket raffle. Doors open at 9:00 AM. Hot pancake breakfast ! $ 12 pp

 DEC 2016- The kids from the DC had a great time at the SU basketball game this weekend! Steve Webster from Flaum Management hosted us in the Flaum luxury box. Pizza,wings, cookies were enjoyed by all! A BIG thank you to David and Ilene Flaum for graciously donating the great seats and food for the kids of the DC. It was day that they will not forget! 

NEWS AND EVENTS

 August 2016-Mr. Malloy of the Syracuse Chiefs showed some of the young men from the DC what working in operations and sales in the sports industry  is like. Thank you for a great day learning and the hospitality! 

August 2016-Mr. Malloy of the Syracuse Chiefs showed some of the young men from the DC what working in operations and sales in the sports industry  is like. Thank you for a great day learning and the hospitality! 

  ALL WELCOME--PLEASE STOP BY AND SEE OUR CENTER IN ACTION!

ALL WELCOME--PLEASE STOP BY AND SEE OUR CENTER IN ACTION!

 Bettie Graham received the  Sojourner Truth Award  at the 26 th  Annual Tribute to The African American Woman on March 4, 2016.  The Annual Tribute to The African American Woman, held at Syracuse University's Maxwell School auditorium, recognizes women each year for their hard work and dedication, both on the Syracuse campus and in the Syracuse Community.               NANBPWC, Inc. (sponsor of award) was founded by seven courageous visionaries who sought to: promote and protect the interests of business and professional women, to serve as advisors for young people seeking to enter business and the professions, to improve the quality of life in our local and global communities and to foster good fellowship.             

Bettie Graham received the Sojourner Truth Award at the 26th Annual Tribute to The African American Woman on March 4, 2016. The Annual Tribute to The African American Woman, held at Syracuse University's Maxwell School auditorium, recognizes women each year for their hard work and dedication, both on the Syracuse campus and in the Syracuse Community. 
            NANBPWC, Inc. (sponsor of award) was founded by seven courageous visionaries who sought to: promote and protect the interests of business and professional women, to serve as advisors for young people seeking to enter business and the professions, to improve the quality of life in our local and global communities and to foster good fellowship.
            

 DREA & JANISSA AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY'S MAXWELL SCHOOL--WAITING FOR MRS. GRAHAM TO RECEIVE HER SOJOURNER TRUTH AWARD!

DREA & JANISSA AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY'S MAXWELL SCHOOL--WAITING FOR MRS. GRAHAM TO RECEIVE HER SOJOURNER TRUTH AWARD!

  DECEMBER 2015: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION'S ROCHESTER, NY OFFICE DONATED MUCH-NEEDED SUPPLIES TO THE DETERMINATION CENTER...THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY & KINDNESS, ROCKWELL EMPLOYEES!!

DECEMBER 2015: ROCKWELL AUTOMATION'S ROCHESTER, NY OFFICE DONATED MUCH-NEEDED SUPPLIES TO THE DETERMINATION CENTER...THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY & KINDNESS, ROCKWELL EMPLOYEES!!

  DECEMBER 2015: MRS. GRAHAM & THE DETERMINATION CENTER KIDS GIVING THANKS TO ROCKWELL AUTOMATION!

DECEMBER 2015: MRS. GRAHAM & THE DETERMINATION CENTER KIDS GIVING THANKS TO ROCKWELL AUTOMATION!

  DECEMBER 2015: SYRACUSE COMMON COUNCILORS KHALID BEY (LEFT) AND HELEN HUDSON (RIGHT) WITH BETTIE GRAHAM (CENTER) AT OUR HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH, MR. BEY AND MS. HUDSON, FOR STOPPING BY!

DECEMBER 2015: SYRACUSE COMMON COUNCILORS KHALID BEY (LEFT) AND HELEN HUDSON (RIGHT) WITH BETTIE GRAHAM (CENTER) AT OUR HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH, MR. BEY AND MS. HUDSON, FOR STOPPING BY!

  DECEMBER 2015: LUCKY WINNERS OF OUR BASKET RAFFLE...

DECEMBER 2015: LUCKY WINNERS OF OUR BASKET RAFFLE...

  DECEMBER 2015: OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER WAS A BIG SUCCESS. THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS AND TO EVERYONE WHO STOPPED BY TO ENJOY A DELICIOUS BREAKFAST!

DECEMBER 2015: OUR ANNUAL HOLIDAY FUNDRAISER WAS A BIG SUCCESS. THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR SPONSORS AND TO EVERYONE WHO STOPPED BY TO ENJOY A DELICIOUS BREAKFAST!

  DECEMBER 2015: MRS. GRAHAM PREPARES FOR HER HOLIDAY SPEECH

DECEMBER 2015: MRS. GRAHAM PREPARES FOR HER HOLIDAY SPEECH

  NOVEMBER 2015: COOPERATIVE EXTENSION HEALTHY COOKING CLASS

NOVEMBER 2015: COOPERATIVE EXTENSION HEALTHY COOKING CLASS

  OCTOBER 2015: PARENTS VISITED FOR OUR HALLOWEEN FASHION SHOW...

OCTOBER 2015: PARENTS VISITED FOR OUR HALLOWEEN FASHION SHOW...

  DECEMBER 2015: COOKING WITH MRS.         CHERRY THUN

DECEMBER 2015: COOKING WITH MRS.         CHERRY THUN

OCTOBER 2015: HALLOWEEN FUN AT THE DETERMINATION CENTER!

                                                               FACE PAINTING!

                           

                                FACE PAINTING!

  10/26/15: G.R.E.A.T. (GANG RESISTANCE, EDUCATION, AND TRAINING): A 5-WEEK EVIDENCE-BASED FAMILY STENGTHENING PROGRAM THAT ENGAGES PARENTS AND CHILDREN (AGES 10-14) IN ORDER TO FOSTER POSITIVE FAMILY FUNCTIONING. THANK YOU, SYRACUSE POLICE DEPARTMENT!

10/26/15: G.R.E.A.T. (GANG RESISTANCE, EDUCATION, AND TRAINING): A 5-WEEK EVIDENCE-BASED FAMILY STENGTHENING PROGRAM THAT ENGAGES PARENTS AND CHILDREN (AGES 10-14) IN ORDER TO FOSTER POSITIVE FAMILY FUNCTIONING. THANK YOU, SYRACUSE POLICE DEPARTMENT!

  9/4/15: A HUGE SHOUT-OUT TO BYRNE DAIRY! THEY SO GENEROUSLY SUPPLIED THE ICE CREAM FOR OUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL ICE CREAM SOCIAL!!

9/4/15: A HUGE SHOUT-OUT TO BYRNE DAIRY! THEY SO GENEROUSLY SUPPLIED THE ICE CREAM FOR OUR BACK-TO-SCHOOL ICE CREAM SOCIAL!!

  MANY THANKS TO OUR 9/16/15 GOLF TOURNAMENT HOLE SPONSORS: SKANEATELES JEWELRY, INKIND|CSR, BIG M DERUYTER, AND EMPOWER FEDERAL CREDIT UNION!

MANY THANKS TO OUR 9/16/15 GOLF TOURNAMENT HOLE SPONSORS: SKANEATELES JEWELRY, INKIND|CSR, BIG M DERUYTER, AND EMPOWER FEDERAL CREDIT UNION!

  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2015: A PICTURE-PERFECT DAY FOR OUR ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT. HERE, THE GOLFERS ARE POISED TO TAKE TO THE GREENS. MANY, MANY THANKS TO OUR BOARD PRESIDENT, GREGG COOPER, FOR ORGANIZING AND EXECUTING THIS EVENT!

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2015: A PICTURE-PERFECT DAY FOR OUR ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT. HERE, THE GOLFERS ARE POISED TO TAKE TO THE GREENS. MANY, MANY THANKS TO OUR BOARD PRESIDENT, GREGG COOPER, FOR ORGANIZING AND EXECUTING THIS EVENT!

 Every week , we get bread donated from the great people from Freihofers Bakery Outlet. Thanks to Rosella Vanderhaden for helping us take care of our kids !

Every week , we get bread donated from the great people from Freihofers Bakery Outlet. Thanks to Rosella Vanderhaden for helping us take care of our kids !

 Oct 2016- A big thank you to Tops in Manlius and manager Joe Rizzo for your on-going food donations and helping with our Halloween party!

Oct 2016- A big thank you to Tops in Manlius and manager Joe Rizzo for your on-going food donations and helping with our Halloween party!

 JULY 2016- The Pancake House at Sylvan Beach treated 40 kids from the DC to an awesome breakfast during our beach trip! 

JULY 2016- The Pancake House at Sylvan Beach treated 40 kids from the DC to an awesome breakfast during our beach trip! 

 Having a great time creating with the Legos that our kind friend Robin Ledversis sent from CT. 

Having a great time creating with the Legos that our kind friend Robin Ledversis sent from CT. 

 August 2016-Volunteers hosted on a great pool party!

August 2016-Volunteers hosted on a great pool party!

 MARCH 2016 : SOJOURNER TRUTH AWARD RECIPIENTS --SURROUNDED BY THE SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NEGRO BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S CLUBS, INC. CONGRATULATIONS TO BETTIE & THANK YOU TO ALL THE WOMEN PICTURED ABOVE WHO HELPED ORGANIZE A VERY SPECIAL EVENING CEREMONY!

MARCH 2016: SOJOURNER TRUTH AWARD RECIPIENTS--SURROUNDED BY THE SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NEGRO BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S CLUBS, INC. CONGRATULATIONS TO BETTIE & THANK YOU TO ALL THE WOMEN PICTURED ABOVE WHO HELPED ORGANIZE A VERY SPECIAL EVENING CEREMONY!

  OCTOBER 2015: FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR BETTIE GRAHAM IS A RECIPIENT OF THE PRESTIGIOUS  WOMEN OF DISTINCTION  AWARD, GIVEN BY THE THETA XI CHAPTER OF PHI BETA SIGMA FRATERNITY, INC. AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY. CONGRATULATIONS, MRS. GRAHAM!!

OCTOBER 2015: FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR BETTIE GRAHAM IS A RECIPIENT OF THE PRESTIGIOUS WOMEN OF DISTINCTION AWARD, GIVEN BY THE THETA XI CHAPTER OF PHI BETA SIGMA FRATERNITY, INC. AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY. CONGRATULATIONS, MRS. GRAHAM!!

                    AND THE AWARD GOES TO...MRS. BETTIE GRAHAM!

                  AND THE AWARD GOES TO...MRS. BETTIE GRAHAM!

  MRS. GRAHAM, FLANKED BY FELLOW AWARD RECIPIENTS: ACTRESS VIVICA FOX, AUTHOR ZANE, AND WNBA STAR SKYLAR DIGGINS.

MRS. GRAHAM, FLANKED BY FELLOW AWARD RECIPIENTS: ACTRESS VIVICA FOX, AUTHOR ZANE, AND WNBA STAR SKYLAR DIGGINS.

  LET'S GET THIS ON THE WALL AT THE DETERMINATION CENTER! WAY TO GO, MRS. GRAHAM! YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL.

LET'S GET THIS ON THE WALL AT THE DETERMINATION CENTER! WAY TO GO, MRS. GRAHAM! YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION TO ALL.

                                                PUMPKIN DECORATING!

                                              PUMPKIN DECORATING!

  10/15/15 ART CLASS WITH MRS. COOPER! THANK YOU FOR TEACHING US HOW TO MAKE MACRAME!!

10/15/15 ART CLASS WITH MRS. COOPER! THANK YOU FOR TEACHING US HOW TO MAKE MACRAME!!

  10/26/15: G.R.E.A.T : GANG RESISTANCE, EDUCATION, AND TRAINING PROGRAM SPONSORED BY THE SYRACUSE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

10/26/15: G.R.E.A.T : GANG RESISTANCE, EDUCATION, AND TRAINING PROGRAM SPONSORED BY THE SYRACUSE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

  10/26/15: AN EDUCATIONAL (AND FUN!) NIGHT--DETERMINATION CENTER FAMILIES AND THE SYRACUSE POLICE DEPARTMENT!

10/26/15: AN EDUCATIONAL (AND FUN!) NIGHT--DETERMINATION CENTER FAMILIES AND THE SYRACUSE POLICE DEPARTMENT!

        9/4/15: THANK YOU FOR VISITING, REPRESENTATIVE KATKO!

      9/4/15: THANK YOU FOR VISITING, REPRESENTATIVE KATKO!

  9/16/15 GOLF TOURNAMENT: THANKS FOR PLAYING, WES SKINNER, KATHLEEN BAIER, GEORGE BAIER, AND BOB GRAINGER (L TO R)!

9/16/15 GOLF TOURNAMENT: THANKS FOR PLAYING, WES SKINNER, KATHLEEN BAIER, GEORGE BAIER, AND BOB GRAINGER (L TO R)!

  CHARLES AND BETTIE GRAHAM GREET THE GOLFERS AT CAZENOVIA GOLF CLUB ON 9/16/15

CHARLES AND BETTIE GRAHAM GREET THE GOLFERS AT CAZENOVIA GOLF CLUB ON 9/16/15

  AND THE WINNERS ARE...GOFF SNYDER, RILEY HOLMES, MAX COOPER, AND JIM GRIFFIN (L TO R). JIM GRIFFIN HAD A HOLE IN ONE!

AND THE WINNERS ARE...GOFF SNYDER, RILEY HOLMES, MAX COOPER, AND JIM GRIFFIN (L TO R). JIM GRIFFIN HAD A HOLE IN ONE!

  MAY 2015: ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY BROTHERS FROM SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY MAKE A LARGE DONATION TO THE DETERMINATION CENTER. THEIR GENEROSITY IS UNMATCHED!

MAY 2015: ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY BROTHERS FROM SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY MAKE A LARGE DONATION TO THE DETERMINATION CENTER. THEIR GENEROSITY IS UNMATCHED!

   THANK YOU, ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY!!

 THANK YOU, ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY!!

  MAY 2015: SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY'S ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY VISITS THE DETERMINATION CENTER!

MAY 2015: SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY'S ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY VISITS THE DETERMINATION CENTER!

COMMUNITY MATTERS...

This past June, just as funds at The Determination Center were running really, really lowand things were looking quite bleakthe brothers of Syracuse Universitys Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc. presented Bettie Graham, Founder and Director of The Determination Center, with a check for $10,000. The Center, located at 1654 West Onondaga Street in Syracuse, provides a host of after-school activitieshomework help, tutoring, performing arts, music, and morefor upwards of 80 at-risk kids. It is not an overstatement to note that this donation was incredibly impactful for the small nonprofit, allowing Ms. Graham and her staff to keep the doors of The Determination Center open during a summer of escalating violence in the city of Syracuse. Jacob Friesen Grant 16, Alpha Phi Alpha member and broadcast digital journalism major in the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, kindly provided the backstory of the brothersgenerous gift. Interview conducted by board member Nancy Marshall. 

How did you and your fraternity brothers arrive at the decision that The Determination Center should be the beneficiary of your generous gift? Two brothers in the spring of 2014 came in to assist with the programming for the day and saw the importance and impact the program was having. Many brothers believe that the development of the neighborhood is crucial to our success as a community and wanted to help the program continue to strive. Unfortunately, Brothers knew that prior commitments would prevent them from doing all that was needed. In order to help despite our shortcomings, we arrived at the decision to donate.

And, most importantly, why? Our aims as a fraternity are Manly Deeds, Scholarship and Love For All Mankind. Part of the ways to accomplish and reach our aims is to work to uplift our surrounding community. Donating and helping out at The Determination Center is the least we can do to help the people of Syracuse. We know that we cannot uplift the community on our own. So when we see someone who is doing the work necessary to better the neighborhood, we feel obligated to help them in any way we can.

Tell me about your fraternity’s mission. Mission: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. develops leaders, promotes brotherhood and academic excellence, while providing service and advocacy for our communities. Vision: The objectives of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. are to stimulate the ambition of its members; to prepare them for the greatest usefulness in the cause of humanity, freedom, and dignity of the individual; to encourage the highest and noblest form of manhood; and to aid downtrodden humanity in its efforts to achieve higher social, economic, and intellectual status.

As a Syracuse University student, what does community mean to you? Community is more than the physical elements necessary for a space to be called a community. What really makes a community is the people who live there. For me, I am a part of many communities. There is my Atlanta community, more spefically Grant Park, which is my hometown. There is the SU community which comprises of the students that go to SU. Then there is the Syracuse community which encompasses all that live the city of Syracuse. From my time in the city of Syracuse I have noticed a major divide between the city of Syracuse community and the SU community. My Brothers and I work to bridge these groups because many of us come from similar neighborhoods as the ones surrounding SU. The bridge will not be built overnight, but begins with volunteering, donations and commitment to initiatives such as The Determination Center.

In what other student organizations are you involved? I am involved in many different groups on campus including Newhouse Ambassadors, Struggle Bus, NABJ, but I am most proud of my involvement with Project G.R.I.N.D. I am President and Co-Founder of the organization. This summer we are actually running a summer leadership camp with The Determination Center. Please check out our website for more information. http://projectgrindmentorship.weebly.com/

Future plans for Alpha Phi Alpha? The future of the Delta Zeta Chapter will emphasize the relationship the organization has with the community. Members will attend Syracuse City School District Board Meetings, town hall meetings, voter registration canvases, and any other gathering that proves -- in such a turbulent time -- that community development begins with community engagement. The chapter will also move towards grander scholarship and mentorship initiatives to make sure we not only engage the community, but that we also help grow with it. 

  SUMMER 2015: VEGGIES FROM THE DETERMINATION CENTER GARDEN!

SUMMER 2015: VEGGIES FROM THE DETERMINATION CENTER GARDEN!

         SUMMER 2014 FIELD TRIP TO CHITTENANGO FALLS

       SUMMER 2014 FIELD TRIP TO CHITTENANGO FALLS