Community Service PROGRAMS
Since 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated has implemented programs of service impacting countless lives. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated through its 300,000 members and 1,018 chapters, will have an opportunity to address community needs with programs in five target areas:
HBCU FOR LIFE: A CALL TO ACTION
Alpha Kappa Alpha will continue its focus on education with an emphasis on historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Chapters will promote and market historically black colleges and universities and encourage students to attend HBCUs as a sustainability measure. The sorority will implement an AKA HBCU Endowment Initiative in partnership with EAF, in which an endowed scholarship will be established at each accredited four-year HBCU.
Signature Program: #CAP
Alpha Kappa Alpha will assist students as they seek admission to college by providing guidance and support in completing the application and enrollment process through the 2018-2022 Signature Program, #CAP. The program is a step-by-step approach to facilitate college admission from researching various institutions and submitting applications through completion of the enrollment process. Chapters will assist students in completing college applications, preparing for the ACT and SAT, writing compelling personal statements, identifying scholarships and other financial aid, and compiling a portfolio to track college admission results.
WOMEN’S HEALTHCARE AND WELLNESS
Alpha Kappa Alpha will continue to raise community awareness of critical health issues impacting African-American women. The primary focuses will be breast cancer awareness and prevention, heart health, nutrition and wellness, and care for the caregivers.
- Partner with local clinics, rural health centers, and hospitals to emphasize the need for African-American women to receive regular mammograms.
- Form walking clubs and to invite the community to join the walking initiatives.
- Partner with local nutritionists and dietitians to design healthy eating plans and safe diets for longer, healthier living.
- Emphasize the need for caregivers to practice preventive healthcare as well as self-care behavior to eliminate the vulnerabilities and risks associated with the stress of caregiving.
BUILDING YOUR ECONOMIC LEGACY
Alpha Kappa Alpha will emphasize financial planning, asset accumulation, and wealth building including savings and investments, managing debt, and improving credit.
- Conduct workshops in partnership with local certified financial planners who will share information on saving, investing, and retirement planning.
- Train community residents on ways to perform financial assessments to achieve their financial goals.
- Focus on ways to repair credit and improve credit scores including how to check for inaccurate or outdated information in credit reports, and how to protect against both identity theft and unauthorized credit history use.
- Highlight and promote successful African-American owned businesses with an aim toward spawning new entrepreneurial ventures in our communities by encouraging intentional support and leveraging the power of the black dollar 365 days a year.
Alpha Kappa Alpha will expose students to arts enrichment and culture by focusing on visual and performing arts and by showcasing talent through the exploration of writers, entertainers and various other artists.
- Celebrate the contributions of African-American artists during the Harlem Renaissance through student research and chapter sponsorship of student talent showcases.
- Champion activities that express the movement message and highlight members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority who served as leaders and participants. Activities will include art events, poetry slams, dancing, painting, and performing arts.
Alpha Kappa Alpha will engage in programming designed to enhance the international footprint of the sorority.
- Engage in a community service project that has an international impact and will partner with organizations that make a difference worldwide.
- Partner with Soles 4 Souls to collect gently-worn shoes and transport the shoes to specified locations.
- Participate in an eyeglass initiative designed to prevent blindness, help restore eyesight, and improve eye health and eye care for millions of people around the world by donating used eyeglasses in partnership with local Lions Clubs.
- Use pillowcases to make dresses for little girls and will expand the sorority’s efforts to include shirts for little boys. The pillowcase dresses and shirts will be sent to Haiti to provide clothing for children in need.
- Focus on refugees of color in the United States by partnering with organizations engaged in support activities that assist refugees and their families to integrate into American life. This includes literacy classes, educational training, and other necessary transitional support.
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:
- AKA International Day of Prayer Observance (August)
- National HBCU Week (September)
- AKA HBCU Day Observance (September)
- Breast Cancer Awareness Day (October)
- AKA Caregivers’ Day Observance (November)
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Founders’ Day (January)