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For the second consecutive year, Alpha Institute welcomed barbering, styling and music professionals led by the Los Angeles-based Trade-Works Foundation ( In addition to student workshops and presentations with Alpha students and staff, the experience included the donation of the tools of the trade including Ipads for use in music class and professional kits for the barbering students. Trade-Works expanded the relationship this year to include music internships with the industry’s most active employers. (more…)

Since its founding, Alpha has relied on campus-based self-help activities to underwrite training for at-risk youth. Alpha’s wood prodcuts for the home or office are known for quality and customization.  For bespoke items please contact us anytime. Click here for our catalog online and we ship worldwide. All items, like the ice cream scoop, cheese board, corkscrew set and salad tongs below, are made from fine woods including Blue Mahoe, the national tree, which is sourced from our property in Mandeville.  (more…)

From his role in Jamaica’s first smash hit, Millie Small’s “My Boy Lollipop”, to his eclectic contributions to Jamaican jazz and reggae, 85-year old Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin is the elder statesman of Jamaican music. Challenging him for the position might be 86-year old Edward ‘Tan Tan’ Thornton, a graduate of the Alpha Boys School whose training at Alpha launched an amazingly varied work experiences–from performing with Eric Deans Orchestra as a teenager to a Beatles recording session as a young man and now with Rockabilly Punk outfit Kitty, Daisy & Lewis. Pop Up Music JA is pleased to partner with some of Jamaica’s most influential musicians on this, its debut release. Click here to purchase. (more…)