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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, DC in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American, college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 290,000 members in over 1000 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, Bahamas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Germany, South Korea, Bermuda, Japan, Canada and the continent of South Africa. Led by International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, Alpha Kappa Alpha is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-lettered organization for African-American women.”
International Program Initiatives
Launching New Dimensions of Service℠
Since 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated has implemented programs of service impacting countless lives. The 2014-2018 International Program will focus on Launching New Dimensions of Service℠.
Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, through its over 290,000 college-trained members and over 1000 chapters, will have an opportunity to address community needs with programs in five target areas:
The 2014 to 2018 Programs focus on Launching New Dimensions of Service ℠ which has five targets as outlined below.
Target I-Educational Enrichment
ASCEND-The ASCEND is the signature program of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. for high school males and females which focuses on Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking and Development Skills. The program is designed to motivate, engage and assist high school students in reaching their maximum potential; providing them with academic enrichment and life skills training leading to meaningful employment and careers. The high school students engage in team building, enrichment workshops, career exploration, college exploration, civic engagement, with an emphasis on STEM/SMART and Model UN mini simulations.
One Million Backpacks
Donating and distributing 1 million backpacks and related school supplies to students of all ages from 2014-2018.
Support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities through contributions and highlighting HBCU’s and their contribution to society.
Target II-Health Promotion
Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregiver Support-community outreach by generating awareness and support for Alzheimer’s programming and research.
Stroke and Heart Disease Awareness-stroke awareness campaign with special emphasis on hypertension management, diet and exercise.
Mental Health-Bringing attention to mental illness among diverse populations through education, awareness and advocacy.
Target III-Family Strengthening
Childhood Hunger Initiatives-Millions of children live in households that lack resources to obtain enough nutritious food on a regular basis. Children who do not receive proper nutrition struggle with concentrating, perform at lower levels academically. Children who receive meals in school may suffer when school is not is session (weekends, vacation, etc…). Family Seasonal Wraps-Donate and collect hats, gloves, scarfs, socks, umbrellas, etc... Fiscal Responsibility-Goal is to educate families on financial literacy, home ownership and entrepreneurship by partnering with financial institutions to implement specific behaviors designed to increase overall family savings and to decrease debt.
Target IV-Environmental Ownership
AKA 1908 Playground Project-Sorority members will restore, refresh and renew 1908 existing community playgrounds, gardens and recreational spaces through its Restore, Refresh and Renew Project. Acts of Green Program-we promote environmental sustainability by encouraging daily recycling, litter prevention and waste management through daily green efforts to promote good stewardship of natural resources.
Target V-Global Impact
UNA-USA (United Nations Association)-designed to prepare today’s youth for an increasingly global and complex society with the ASCEND Program. Africare partnership-address and implement children and teen-focused hunger initiatives in Africa.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has national partnerships with Africare, Alzheimer’s Association, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the United Nations Association of the USA.