2014-2018 International Programs

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International Program

Launching New Dimensions of Service


2014-2018 Program(http://www.aka1908.com)

Rho Upsilon Omega chapter is excited about our new 2014-2018 Program “Launching New Dimensions of Service” under the leadership of our International President, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson. The international program addresses needs of the community in five target areas, six community impact service days, and a signature enrichment program, ASCEND.

The Five Targets are as Follows:

  1. Educational Enrichment

  2. Health Promotion

  3. Family Strengthening

  4. Environmental Ownership

  5. Global Impact

 Target I- Educational Enrichment

  • ASCEND emphasis on Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking and Development Skills.                                 

  • One Million Backpacks members will donate and distribute one million backpacks and related school supplies to students over the four year period.                                                     

  • Think HBCU highlights the importance of HBCUs and their contribution to the sorority and society.                                   

Target II - Health Promotion

  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregiver Support Program

    • Partnership with National Alzheimer’s Association.

  • Stroke and Heart Disease Awareness

    • Continued partnership with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association

    • Continue Pink Goes Red for Heart Health Day

  • Mental Health

    • Fight stigma of mental illness through partnership with NAMI

Target III - Family Strengthening

This target addresses critical issues facing many families, including lack of food, shelter, and financial means.

  • Childhood Hunger Initiatives – to stop childhood hunger

  • Family Seasonal Wraps Program hats, jackets, scarves, gloves, and coat donations

  • Fiscal Responsibility Programs – to help families with budgeting and financial planning.

Target IV- Environmental Ownership

  • AKA 1908 Playground Project will be 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.

  • Acts of Green Program 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 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 will implement youth hunger initiatives on the continent of Africa.


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:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January)

  • Pink Goes Red for Heart Health Day (February)

  • AKA1908 Playgrounds Mobilization Day (May)

  • The Longest Day™ Alzheimer’s Support Activities (June)

  • Mental Health Awareness Day (July)

  • Childhood Hunger Awareness Day (October)

 Alpha Kappa Alpha has five strategic program partnerships:

  • National Alzheimer’s Association

  • Africare

  • NAMI
  • American Heart/Stroke Association