The founder’s 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 places on Education. During the 1945 Conclave in St. Louis, Missouri, the fraternity underwent a constitution restructuring after World War II, and this lead to the birth of the Education as a National Program.

The National Program of Education focuses on programming and services to graduate and undergraduates in the fraternity. Programs such as scholarships, lectures, college fairs, mentoring, and tutoring enhance this program on local, regional and national levels.

Today, the Phi Beta Sigma Education program consists of two minor initatives

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity is partnering with A National Center for Policy Analysis Project and Debate Central to avail our debaters with the most up to date resources. This partnership will allow debaters to review articles, research debate tactics and properly prepare for an informed intelligent dialogue. This year’s contest will be in the Cross Examination Format. A two member team from each region will represent and debate the above topic. Prepare thoroughly and good luck. Please follow the steps below which will guide you to key information on the debate.

Step 1:

Refer to the following website for

Step 2:

Click the Research Topics Link (You should see the topic under the Cross Examination Section)

Step 3:

Review the Research Topic Link for a variety of resources which can be implemented in your debate. Especially take note of the Glossary Terms which will strengthen your vocabulary on Sub-Saharan Africa.

Step 4.

Click on the Learn Debate Link and scroll down to Understand Cross Examination Debate

Step 5.

Click on Understand Cross Examination Debate and then scroll down to Outline of CX Debate

Step 6.

Click on Outline of CX Debate and review the debate outline structure. The debate will encompass 60 minutes. Teams must prepare for both the affirmative and negative.

Step 7.

Once you have reviewed the debate format return to the Understand Cross Examination Debate Page and click on The Code of the Debater: Introduction to the Way of Reason . This should be extremely supportive in understanding the intricacies of debating.

Step 8.

Your team preparation for the debates should include use of resources on the Debate Central website; however, you may use others as well. Be sure to also review the Evidence Link to gain valuable insight and details.

Participants must adhere to the following rules for the topic presented:

  1. Each participant will have seven minutes to address the given topic
  2. No props are allowed
  3. Each participant must present a perspective supported with relevant reasons and/or examples
  4. Participants must demonstrate a knowledge of current issues to validate perspectives
  5. Participants must be able to organize thoughts in a cohesive and fluid manner.

Needs more ideas for your education?

The following ideas may be useful to chapters in the state. Peruse this list of activities that were compiled during the leadership conference and let us see if chapters all over the state can complete at least two education activities:

  • Scholarships
  • Mentoring program
  • Adopt-a-school
  • Tutorial
  • Inner City Daycare (Project Start)
  • Sponsor a recreation team
  • Black College Expo
  • Study Hall (Study With A Sigma)
  • Juvenile Detention Center (Tutoring)
  • Establishing Sigma Beta Club (Re-establishing)
  • Career Day
  • Financing Your Education (Workshop)
  • Read to school age children
  • Education on Wellness
  • African Male Initiative Program
  • New Student Mentoring
  • College Survival Seminar
  • AIM Academy
  • Back to School Prayer Service
  • Step for Success
  • Test Prep Forums
  • Elementary School Volunteer
  • Donate educational materials
  • Sponsor Post High School Studies

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