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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated

2014-2018 International Program Initiatives

Target I: Educational Enrichment

ASCEND is the sorority’s international youth enrichment program designed to motivate, engage and assist high school students in reaching their maximum potential. ASCEND will focus on Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking and Developmental Skills. Students in the ASCEND Program will have an opportunity to receive academic enrichment and life skills training to support their journey to college or vocational employment.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated will promote the learning process by providing substantial support to students through AKA One Million Backpacks. Members will donate and distribute one million backpacks and related school supplies to students over the four-year period.

Support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will be a priority as Alpha Kappa Alpha launches a national campaign, Think HBCU to highlight HBCUs and their contribution to the sorority and society. Through education, engagement and advocacy, HBCUs will be showcased as critical venue for moving students to and through college.

Target II: Health Promotion

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated will promote health awareness in three areas: Alzheimer’s Disease, Stroke and Mental Illness.

The Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregiver Support Program will generate awareness and support for Alzheimer’s programming and research. Alzheimer’s disease is one of the fastest growing health challenges among African Americans.

Stroke and Heart Disease Awareness will remain a focus area as Alpha Kappa Alpha launches a major stroke prevention awareness campaign with emphasis on hypertension management, diet and exercise.

Mental Health will be highlighted as members bring attention to the mental illness among diverse populations with low utilization of mental health services.

Target III: Family Strengthening

Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Family Strengthening Programs will target critical issues facing many families, including lack of food, shelter and financial means.

Community based Childhood Hunger Initiatives will be launched in partnership with local agencies, food banks and community pantries.

The Family Seasonal Wraps Program will be offered as the sorority sponsors a major initiative to collect and donate hats, gloves, socks, scarves, coats, sweaters and other seasonal wraps for families in need.

Fiscal Responsibility Programs will be initiated as members work with partner organizations and families to help increase their understanding of budgeting, basic financial planning and benefits of home ownership.

Target IV: Environmental Ownership

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated will implement high impact programs to provide healthy environments and improve the quality of life in the underserved communities.

The AKA 1908 Playground Project will be launched to ensure children have safe and inviting places to play. Sorority members will restore and renew 1,908 existing community and school playgrounds with its Restore, Refresh and Renew Project.

Through its Acts of Green Program members will promote environmental sustainability by encouraging recycling, litter prevention and waste management through daily green efforts in local communities.

Target V: Global Impact

Sorority members will implement the UNA-USA Global Classrooms Project to prepare today’s youth for an increasingly global and complex society. Alpha Kappa Alpha members will work in partnership with the UNA-USA (United Nations Association) to expand understanding of the UN, its mission and focus. A biennial Intergenerational Model U.N. Conference will be convened.

Through its renewed Africare partnership, Alpha Kappa Alpha Chapters will implement youth hunger initiatives on the continent of Africa.

Community Impact Days

Alpha Kappa Alpha members will implement International Community Service Days annually to highlight the organization’s collective impact in program target areas:

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January)
– Pink Goes Red for Heart Health Day (February)
– 1908 Playgrounds Mobilization Day (May)
– The Longest Day™ Alzheimer’s Support Activities (June)
– Mental Health Awareness Day (July)
– Childhood Hunger Awareness Day (October)

THE PSI PHI OMEGA LOCAL PROGRAMMATIC FOCUS

Alarming statistics have shown that family structures within the East Baltimore City communities are at high risk, leaving the children of East Baltimore City vulnerable to the negative impact of the lack of a sound foundation, proper resources and guidance.  Many of these children are at risk for teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, juvenile convictions, drug abuse, and academic failure.

There is a significant need to positively influence the youth in East Baltimore City.  To that end, Psi Phi Omega Chapter will serve as a key resource to address the issues that continue to deteriorate the crucial, yet fundamental, family frame.  We will furnish caregivers and children of East Baltimore City with the tools essential to empower themselves, and to ultimately restore the family unit.

Using the national program initiatives of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated as a foundation, Psi Phi Omega Chapter will create and implement targeted, special needs service programs.  The programs are designed to specifically address the risks plaguing the youth and families in the East Baltimore community. The goal is to reverse generations of socio-economic decline and empower disadvantaged citizens.

THE PSI PHI OMEGA EAST BALTIMORE CITY A.S.C.E.N.D PROGRAM 

Program Partner: National Academy Foundation High School

The chapter’s local implementation of the sorority’s international youth enrichment program for high school students.