Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service
Under the leadership of Supreme Basileus, Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover, Kappa Chapter is committed to “Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service.” To foster this theme, there are five national signature programs:
Target I: HBCU for Life: A Call to Action Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated are engaged in the signature program #CAP .
This program is designed to put focus on historically black colleges and universities. Members are to promote and market HBCU's, as well as encourage students to attend these colleges and universities to upkeep sustainability measures. Through partnership with the EAF, Alpha Kappa Alpha plans to implement an AKA HBCU Endowment Initiative. Doing such, an endowment scholarship will be established at accredited four-year HBCU's. Alpha Kappa Alpha intends to stamp a brand of financial support on all HBCU campuses to encourage students to stay in school and receive college degrees. The focus of #CAP is to assist students whilst they are completing college applications and enrollment process through the provision of guidance and support. Through #CAP, members will partner with local high schools and youth groups to help students complete college applications, prepare for SAT and ACT, find scholarships and other financial aid, writing personal statements, and compile portfolios for their college admission results. Alpha Kappa Alpha intends to utilize #CAP to improve the lives of young black students by increasing their potential for success.
Target II: Women's Healthcare and Wellness There are critical health issues impacting African-American women that Alpha Kappa Alpha continues to strive to raise awareness for. Alpha Kappa Alpha intends to have a primary focus in breast cancer awareness and prevention, heart health, nutrition and wellness, and care for the caregivers. Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention focus will be encouraging women to regularly receive mammograms for early prevention in order to increase the survival rate of women diagnosed with breast cancer. A digital AKA Mobile Breast Cancer Screening Unit will travel to locations all over and provide screenings. Members will be partnering with local clinics, rural health centers, as well as hospitals to help keep emphasis on the need for African-American women to receive regular mammograms. Heart Health will be enhanced and remain a focus by members through commitment to healthy hearts through fitness activities and walking. The formation of walking clubs and community based walking initiatives will be encourage by members. Nutrition and Wellness will be structured nutrition initiatives, where members will partner with local nutritionists and dieticians to emphasize healthy lifestyles. This will include prenatal, childhood, adult, and senior nutrition programs. Care for Caregivers encourages members to place emphasis on taking care of those who take care of others, emphasizing caregivers to practice preventative healthcare, as well as self-care behavior. Such course of action eliminates any vulnerability and risks that are associated with the stress of caregiving.
Target III: 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. Personal Financial Planning and Asset Accumulation will encourage Financial Freedom Legacy Workshops to be conducted in partnership with local certified financial planners. Workshops will share information on saving, investing, and even retirement planning. Members will train community residents on ways to perform financial assessments to achieve their financial goals. Credit Repair and Monitoring will focus on the many ways to repair and improve credit scores. This includes how to check for inaccurate or outdated information in credit reports, and how to protect against both identity theft and unauthorized credit history use. Entrepreneurship and the Black Dollar 365 will highlight as well as 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. Operation AKA Assist is an initiative that will focus on implementing programs to assist those in need in various communities by directing attention to the plight of the homeless, including homeless children, and homeless veterans. Members will partner with or adopt a shelter, a transitional home or an organization that provides assistance to these needy populations
Target IV: The Arts! 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. Salute to the Harlem Renaissance will celebrate the contributions of African-American artists during the Harlem Renaissance through student research and chapter sponsorship of student talent showcases. This initiative will correlate with HBCUs and African-American culture and will include colleges with art collections. Salute to the Blacks Movement will focus on student research and celebration of African-American artists during the Black Arts Movement. Members will 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.
Target V: Global Impact Alpha Kappa Alpha will engage in programming designed to enhance the international footprint of the sorority. National Global Impact Day Members will engage in a community service project that has an international impact and will partner with organizations that make a difference worldwide. Global Assistance Activities Members will engage in global partnerships that provide assistance to the underserved in international areas populated with people of color. These partnerships include the following:
Soles 4 Souls Members will collect gently-worn shoes and transport the shoes to specified locations. Soles 4 Souls, a non-profit organization, will process and ship shoes to destinations around the world populated with people of color.
Lions Club International Members will 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.
Pillowcase Project Members will continue to 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.
Refugees in American Assistance Program (RAAP) Members will 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.