Exemplifying Excellence through Sustainable Service
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 advance our mission with excellence and highlight our commitment to sustainable service in five target areas:
HBCU for Life: A Call to Action
Women's Healthcare and Wellness
Building Your Economic Legacy
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will expand its community presence as a result of these initiatives, which include International Community Impact Days and our signature enrichment program, College Admissions Process℠ (referred to as #CAP℠).
Target 1: HBCU for Life: A Call to Action
Members will focus on education with an emphasis on historically black colleges and universities by promoting and marketing HBCUs as a sustainability measure. Through the AKA HBCU Endowment Intitiative with EAF, there will be an endowed scholarship at each HBCU. The signature program #CAP℠ will assist students through the college application process.
Target 2: Women's Healthcare and Wellness
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will raise awareness to critical health challenges among African American women. Primarily focusing on breast cancer awareness and prevention, heart health, nutrition and wellness, and care for the caregivers. Alpha Kappa Alpha will own a digital AKA Mobile Breast Cancer Screening Unit that will travel to various locations and provide mammogram screening. We will remain focused on heart health through fitness and physical activity.
Target 3: Building Your Economic Legacy
Alpha Kappa Alpha will place emphasis on financial planning, asset accumulation, and wealth building including savings and investments, managing debt, and improving credit. Operation AKA Assist will focus on programs that meet the need of various communities directing attention to the homeless.
Target 4: The Arts!
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority 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. There will be a salute and celebration of black African-American artists from the Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts Movement.
Target 5: Global Impact
Sorority members will implement programs designed to enhance Alpha Kappa Alpha's global footprint. We will continue to partner with organizations like Soles 4 Souls and Lions Club International to support that effort. Our pillowcase project efforts will now expand to reach boys by providing clothing to Haiti. Refugees in America Assistance Program (RAAP) will help support refugees of color here in the United States through literacy classes, educational training, and other transitional support.
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
Pink Goes Red for Heart Health Day
International Day of Prayer
Breast Cancer Awareness Day
AKA Caregivers' Day of Observance
National Global Impact Day
Since its inception, in 1949, the Gamma Xi Omega Chapter has annually sponsored a Youth Leadership Program. This program has influenced the lives of many young ladies as they prepare themselves to enter society and has helped them to become confident and successful women in a global marketplace. In addition to focusing on higher order thinking and life skills, the program provides focus in the area of self-awareness, personal productivity, and success in higher education.