Since 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated has implemented programs of service impacting countless lives. The 2018 - 2022 International Program will focus on Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, through its 300,000 members and 1,024 chapters, will have an opportunity to address community needs with programs in five target areas.
international Program Initiatives
I. hbcu FOR LIFE: A CALL TO ACTION
Alpha Kappa Alpha 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.
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 Signature Program, #CAP℠
#CAP℠ is a step-by-step approach to facilitate college admission. 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.
II. Women's Healthcare and Wellness
Alpha Kappa Alpha will continue to raise community awareness of critical health issues impacting African-American women.
Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention will focus specifically on early detection through mammograms to improve the survival rate of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Alpha Kappa Alpha will own a digital AKA Mobile Breast Cancer Screening Unit that will travel to various locations and provide mammogram screening.
Heart Health remains a focus as the sorority enhances its commitment to healthy hearts through fitness activities and walking. Chapters will be encouraged to form walking clubs and to invite the community to join the walking initiatives.
Nutrition and Wellness will emphasize healthy lifestyles including prenatal, childhood, adult, and senior nutrition programs. Chapters will partner with local nutritionists and dieticians to design healthy eating plans and safe diets for longer, healthier living.
Care for the Caregivers places emphasis on taking care of those who take care of others. Chapters will 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.
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 initiative involves Financial
Freedom Legacy Workshops, which will be conducted in partnership with local certified financial planners who will share information on saving, investing, and retirement planning.
The Credit Repair and Monitoring initiative will 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.
The Entrepreneurship and the Black Dollar 365 initiative will 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.
Operation AKA Assist 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. Chapters will partner with or adopt a shelter, a transitional home or an organization that provides assistance to these needy populations.
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 Black Arts Movement will focus on student research and celebration of African-American artists during the Black Arts Movement. Chapters will champion activities that express the movement message and highlight members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority who served as leaders and participants.
V. GLOBAL IMPACT
Alpha Kappa Alpha will engage in programming designed to enhance the international footprint of the sorority.
Chapters 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, Lions Club International, Pillowcase Project, and Refugees in America Assistance Program (RAAP).
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:
August ~ AKA International Day of Prayer Observance
September ~ National HBCU Week
October ~ Breast Cancer Awareness Day
November ~ AKA Caregivers' Day of Observance