Message from the Pledge Parents
– Theresa Nguyen & Steven Chu
Alpha Omega Pledge Parents
Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed National Service Fraternity, inspired by the Boy Scouts of America. This organization was created to support active leadership, personal growth, tolerance, and service to the community through principles of Leadership, Friendship, and Service. The Chi chapter of Alpha Phi Omega carries on this tradition, building friends and leaders at UCLA and completing over 1500 hours of community service per term.
Alpha Phi Omega accepts people of different majors, genders (co-ed), interests, ages, ethnicities, leadership levels, years, community service background, etc. A person, however, has to be enrolled at UCLA as an undergraduate to join our chapter.
Alpha Phi Omega is a co-ed National Service Fraternity. As it a fraternity, it has greater commitment from its members and stronger community, fostering Leadership and Friendship as we all do Service together. Our Fraternity works to develop members to grow into leaders with many opportunities and positions that will enrich their experience, as well as foster Brotherhood amongst its members which will forge life-lasting friendships. It is not merely an organization, it is a family.
As each quarter begins, Alpha Phi Omega gets ready to initiate a new pledge class. We have a Rush Week which includes an informational meeting providing details about our process and week worth of events to meet the members of Chi Chapter. Then, there is a pledge process where pledges learn about the history of APO and the standards that are expected of members. Pledges participate in various service projects and must fulfill pledge requirements.
We would love APO to be, but that is something that each individual must decide themselves. As people have academics, jobs, and other extracurricular activities to attend to, it may not be for everyone. The pledging process is rather time-consuming and it may prove difficult to balance in your schedule. There is no obligation to join if one feels that it is not the right time or the right organization for them.
The pledging process is about a quarter long which is intended to build campus and community leaders through service. Each pledge will be involved in various services & activities, learning our chapter’s values, meeting our brothers, and developing leadership skills.
Involvement in another Greek fraternity or sorority does not conflict with potential membership Alpha Phi Omega. Members of social fraternities and sororities are welcome as well as anyone else to seek membership into our organization.
Hazing is against the Alpha Phi Omega and University policy. Hazing refers to any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm. We do not tolerate or allow such actions.