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Since 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated has implemented programs of service impacting countless lives. The 2015-2018 International Program will focus on Launching New Dimensions of Service.  Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, through is 265,000 members and 986 chapters will have an opportunity to address community needs with programs in five target areas:  Educational Enrichment, Health Promotion, Family Strengthening, Environmental Ownership, and Global Impact.  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will expand its community presence as a result of these initiatives, which include International Community Impact Days and our signature enrichment program, ASCEND.

Signature Program Initiatives
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Target I: Educational Enrichment ~ Members will engage in the sorority's signature youth enrichment program, ASCENDsm with efforts designed to motivate, engage and assist high school students in reaching their maximum potential. ASCENDsm will focus on Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking, and Development Skills.  Students in the ASCENDsm Program will have an opportunity to receive academic enrichment and life skills training to support their journey to college and vocational employment. 

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will promote the learning process by providing substantial support to students through  AKA One Million Backpackssm. Members will donate and distribute 1,000,000 backpacks and related school supplies to students over the next four years.

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

Target II: Health Promotion ~ Alpha Kappa Alpha will promote health awareness in three areas: Alzheimer's Disease, Stroke and Mental Illness.

        A. Alzheimer's Disease and Caregiver Support Program ~ This health 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.

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

       C. Mental Health ~ This will be highlighted as members bring attention to 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 Wrapssm 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: Environmenal Ownership ~ Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will implement high impact programs to provide healthy environments and improve the quality of life in under-served communities.  The AKA 1908 Playground Projectsm
will be launched to ensure children have a 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 Projectsm.   Through its Acts of Green Programsm 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 Nationals Association) to expand understanding of the UN, its mission and focus.  The biennal Intergenerational Model UN Conference will be convened.  Through its renewed Africare partnership, Alpha Kappa Alpha Chapters will implement youth hunger initiatives on the continent of Africa.

Rho Tau Omega Chapter 2015-2018 Graduate Program Monthly Initiatives

Target 1: Kick Off for ASCEND - January 6, 2015
Target III: Distribution of hats, gloves, socks, scarves, and coats - January 19, 2015

Community Impact Day - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Target 1: African American Read-In, ASCEND participants invited to participate - February 1, 2015

Target II: "Pink Goes Red for a Day" - February 6, 2015

Target III: Distribute remaining iems if available at African American Read-In - February 1, 2015

Community Impact Day - Pink Goes Red for Heart Health Day - February 6, 2015

Target I: ASCEND program - March 25, 2015

Target III: Collect gowns for JROTC Ball and April based on date of event - March 28, 2015

Target I: Workshop: Self-Awareness, Poise, Etiquette, Public Speaking - April 30, 2015

Target III: Tutoring at Mariam Boyd Elementary, Adopt a Family (Stock the Pantry - Easter) April 13-30, 2015

Community Impact Day AKA/NAMI - April 11, 2015

Target I: ASCEND Workshop - May 21, 2015

Target III: Economic Workshop (Partner with Warren Family Institute) TBD

Target IV: 1908 Playgrounds Mobilzation Day - May 16, 2015

Community Impact Day - 1908 Playgrounds Mobilization Day - May 16, 2015

Target I: Awards Celebration for Participants - Kime 18, 2015

Target II: Conduct Drive for Alzheimer Disease - TBD

Target III: Assist with Proctoring in the school if needed; Provide sessions to families; Collect School Supplies - June 1-5, 2015

Community Impact Day - The Longest Day Alzheimer's Support Activities - June 21, 2015


Sisterly Retreat - August 15, 2015

Target III: Distribute back-to-school supplies - August 24, 2015

Target III: Provide school uniforms for Adopted Family - September 8, 2015

Target III: Focus on Safety & connect with ASCEND activities; Bag sweet potatoes to give away - October 24, 2015

Target III: Stock the Pantry for Adopted Family (Thanksgiving) - November 25, 2015

Target III: Work with DSSF & Cooperative Extension Services for limited resources families to provide shoe boxes and/or gifts - December 19, 2015

End of Year Reports - Due December 31, 2015

Target Chairpersons for 2015

2015 Executive, Standing, and SASP Committees

2015 Officers

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