Since 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated has implemented programs of service impacting countless lives.
The 2014-2018 International Program will focus on Launching New Dimensions of Service.
Signature Program Initiatives
Target I: Educational Enrichment
- Sorority's signature youth enrichment program, ASCEND with efforts designed to motivate, engage and assist high school students in reaching their maximum potential. ASCEND will focus on Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking and Developing Skills. Program will have an opportunity to receive academic enrichment and life skills training to support their journey to college or vocational employment.
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will promote the learning process by providing substantial support to students through AKA One Million Backpacks. Drives will be held to collect and distribute one million backpacks and related school supplies to students over the four year period.
- Think HBCU highlights HBCUs and their contribution to the sorority and society. Through education, engagement and advocacy, HBCUs will be showcased as critical venue for moving students to and through college.
Target II: Health Promotion
These initiatives focus on three health awareness areas: Alzheimer's Disease, Stroke and Mental Illness.
- Alzheimer's Disease and Caregiver Support Program - This initiative 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.
- Stroke and Heart Disease Awareness - This initiative will remain a focus area as Alpha Kappa Alpha launches a major stroke prevention awareness campaign with emphasis on hypertension management, diet and exercise.
- Mental Health - This initiative will bring attention to the mental illness among diverse populations with low utilizations of mental health services.
Target III. Family Strengthening
The goal for this initiative is target critical issues facing many families including lack of food, shelter and financial means.
- Childhood Hunger - This initiative will be launched in partnership with local agencies, food banks and community pantries.
- Family Seasonal Wraps - This initiative will generate donations and collections of hats, gloves, socks, scarves, coats, sweaters and other seasonal wraps for families in need.
- Fiscal Responsibility Programs - This initiative will 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
This initiative will implement high impact programs to provide healthy environments and improve the quality of life in the underserved communities.
- AKA 1908 Playground Project- This initiative is to ensure children have safe and inviting places to play. Sorority members will restore and renew 1,908 existing community and school playground with its Restore, Refresh and Renew Project.
- Acts of Green Program - This initiative will promote environmental sustainability by encouraging recycling, litter prevention and waste management through daily green efforts in local communities.
Target V. Global Impact
These initiatives will address UNA-USA (United Nations Association) Global Classrooms Project to prepare today's youth for an increasingly global and complex society.
- Africare - this initiative will implement youth hunger initiatives on the continent of Africa.
- Community Impact Days - Alpha Kappa Alpha will 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 (February)
* 1908 Playgrounds Mobilization Day (May)
* The Longest Day Alzheimer's Support Activities (June)
* Mental Health Awareness (July)
* Childhood Hunger Awareness Day (October)
Launching New Dimensions Of Service