Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated


Launching New Dimensions of Service


AKA-ASCEND_ivy-symTarget I. Educational Enrichment ~ ASCEND is the sorority’s signature youth enrichment program. ASCEND will motivate, engage and assist high school students in reaching their maximum potential. It will focus on Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking and Development Skills.

PrintThe donation of One Million Backpacks will promote the learning process by providing substantial support to students through AKA One Million Backpacks. Members will donate and distribute one million backpacks and related school supplies to students over a four year period.

Support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will be a priority as Alpha Kappa Alpha launches a national campaign, Think HBCU to highlight HBCUs and their contribution to the sorority and society. Through education, engagement and advocacy, HBCUs will be showcased as a critical venue for moving students to and through college.

Target II. Health Promotion ~ These initiatives will promote health awareness in the areas of Alzheimer’s Disease, Stroke and Mental Illness.

A. Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness ~ This promotion 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.

B. Stroke and Heart Disease Awareness ~ This program will remain a focus area. A major stroke prevention awareness campaign will emphasis hypertension management, diet and exercise.

C. Mental Health ~ This program will bring attention to mental illness among diverse populations with low utilization of mental health services.

Target III. Family Strengthening ~ This program will target critical issues facing many families, including lack of food, shelter and financial means. Community based Childhood Hunger Initiatives will be implemented in partnership with local agencies, food banks and community pantries.

A Family Seasonal Wraps program will be offered. A collection of hats, gloves, socks, scarves, coats, sweaters and other seasonal wraps will be donated to families in need.

Fiscal Responsibility Programs will be initiated by working with partner organizations and families to help increase their understanding of budgeting, basic financial planing and benefits of home ownership.

AKA-Environment_ivy-symTarget IV. Environmental Ownership ~ High impact programs will provide healthy environments and improve the quality of life in under served communities.

The AKA Playground Project will ensure children have safe and inviting places to play. Sorority members will restore and renew 1,908 existing community and school playgrounds with the Restore, Refresh and Renew Project.

The Acts of Green Program will promote environmental sustainability by encouraging recycling, litter prevention and waste management through daily green efforts in local communities.

Target V. Global Impact ~ A UNA-USA Global Classrooms Project will prepare today’s youth for an increasingly global and complex society. Partnerships with UNA-USA (United Nations Association) will help to expand an understanding of the UN, its mission and focus.

An Africare partnership 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)
  • 1908 Playgrounds Mobilization Day (May)
  • The Longest Day Alzheimer’s Support Activities(June)
  • Mental Health Awareness Day (July)
  • Childhood Hunger Awareness Day (October)

NOTE: The above information was adapted from the International website of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.