Alpha Phi Omega is a co-educational National Service Fraternity with active chapters at more than 350 universities and colleges nationwide. The purpose of the fraternity is to assemble college students in a national service fraternity in the fellowship of principles derived from the Scout Oath and Law of the Boy Scouts of America; to develop leadership, to promote friendship and to provide service to humanity; and to further freedom that is our national, educational and intellectual heritage. The Fraternity was founded on the principles of the Boy Scouts of America. Scouting affiliation is not a requirement to join the Fraternity; however, many chapter service programs include activities with Scouting and other youth services organizations.
Membership in Alpha Phi Omega is open to all enrolled students and is as diverse as the college population itself. Currently there are approximately 19,000 active chapter members with over 365,000 living alumni. Alpha Phi Omega is the single most representative undergraduate intercollegiate organization in the United States of America. Each chapter, operating under the National Bylaws and Standard Chapter Articles of Association, recruits its own membership, selects its leadership and develops its service program. University or college approval is required for each chapter to be in good standing with the National Fraternity. Nationally, Alpha Phi Omega is governed by a biennial convention composed of student delegates from each chapter. Voting delegates at each convention consider legislation; elect a volunteer National Board of Directors and set fees and priorities. The National Office in Independence, Missouri, provides supplies and other resources and coordinates national educational programs, such as leadership development workshops, service exchanges and national programs.
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