Chapter Programs

Target I: Educational Enrichment

Chairman:  June Nelson

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

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority  promotes 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.

Support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) is also a priority and 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 are showcased as critical venue for moving students to and through college.

Target II: Health Promotion

Chairmen:   Icyphine Jessie and Martha Atwater

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

The Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregiver Support Program  generates 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  remains a focus area as Alpha Kappa Alpha launches a major stroke prevention awareness campaign with emphasis on hypertension management, diet and exercise.

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

Target III: Family Strengthening

Chairman:  Donna George

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

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

The Family Seasonal Wraps℠ Program 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 are 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

Chairman:  Mary Gilliam

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

The AKA 1908 Playground Project℠ are  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 promote environmental sustainability by encouraging recycling, litter prevention and waste management through daily green efforts in local communities.

Target V: Global Impact

Chairman:  Grace Spence

Sorority members 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 implement youth hunger initiatives on the continent of Africa.

Community Impact Days

Alpha Kappa Alpha members 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)