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With a commitment to excellence and a vow to uphold the grand legacy of its founders, Dr. Glenda Glover, of Nashville, Tennessee, became the 30th International President of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Dr. Glover took the helm of the nation's oldest Greek-letter organization established by African-American college women on July 12, 2018 in Houston, TX, following the group's international conference. She will lead the storied organization for four years, 2018-2022, under the theme, "Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service."
"Alpha Kappa Alpha will exemplify excellence as we implement new programs that will continue to propel our mission of Service to All Mankind to greater heights. Our programs will be impactful, measurable and sustainable as we focus on addressing domestic and global issues affecting children, women and families. One of the cornerstones of this administration will be the continued support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as we enhance our international agenda to raise the profiles of these unique institutions of higher education."
Dr. Glover will lead the prestigious 110-year old organization, of nearly 300,000 members and over 1000 chapters located throughout the world, with a platform comprised of five program targets, a signature program and seven international community service days designed to advance Alpha Kappa Alpha and underscore the organization's commitment to service.
Westchester County Chapter
Supreme in Service to ALL Mankind
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. • Zeta Nu Omega • P.O. Box 1159 New Rochelle, NY 10802
Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service
Alpha Kappa Alpha will continue its focus on education with an emphasis on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Chapters will promote and market Historically Black Colleges and Universities and encourage students to attend HBCUs as a sustainability measure. Activities will include researching and publishing information regarding prominent Alpha Kappa Alpha women and other notable individuals who attended HBCUs.
Recognizing that HBCU funding is one of the primary obstacles that threaten the long-term growth and survival of HBCUs, members will be encouraged to financially support HBCUs. Alpha Kappa Alpha 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. The goal is to stamp the Alpha Kappa Alpha brand of financial support on each HBCU campus to help students remain in school, complete their course of study, and receive their college degrees.
Signature Program Initiatives
I. HBCU for Life: A Call to Action
II. Women's Healthcare and Wellness
Alpha Kappa Alpha will continue to raise community awareness of critical health issues impacting African American women. The primary focuses will be breast cancer awareness and prevention, heart health, nutrition and wellness, and care for the caregivers.
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. Chapters will partner with local clinics, rural health centers, and hospitals to emphasize the need for African American women to receive regular mammograms.
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. The focus will be on structured nutrition initiatives, and chapters will partner with local nutritionists and dietitians 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.
Alpha Kappa Alpha will emphasize financial planning, asset accumulation, and wealth building including savings and investment, managing debt, and improving credit. The focus will be on:
• Personal Financial Planning and Asset Accumulation.
• Credit Repair and Monitoring.
• Entrepreneurship and The Black Dollar 365.
• Operation AKA Assist. This initiative 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, transitional home, or organization that provides assistance to these needy populations.
III. Building Your Economic Legacy
IV. The Arts!
V. Global Impact
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 be launched to celebrate the contributions of African American artists during the Harlem Renaissance through student research and chapter sponsorship of student talent showcases. This initiative will be correlated with HBCUs and African American culture and will include colleges with art collections.
The Salute to the Black Arts Movement will be unveiled and will focus on student research and celebration of African American artists during the Black Arts Movement. Chapters will champion activities that express the movement's message and highlight members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority who served as leaders and participants. Activities will include art events, poetry slams, dancing, painting and performing arts.
National Global Impact Day. Chapters will engage in a community service project that has an international impact and will partner with organizations that make a difference worldwide.
Global Assistance Activities. 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. Chapters will collect gently-worn shoes and transport the shoes to specified locations. Soles 4 Souls, a non-profit organization, will process and ship the shoes to destinations around the world that are populated with people of color.
• Lions Club International. Chapters will participate in an eyeglass initiative designed to prevent blindness, help restore eyesight, and improve eye health and eye care for millions of people around the world by donating used eyeglasses in partnership with local Lions Clubs.
• Pillowcase Project. Chapters will continue to use pillowcases to make dresses for little girls and will expand the sorority's efforts to include shirts for little boys. The pillowcase dresses and shirts will be sent to Haiti to provide clothing for children in need.
Refugees in America Assistance Program (RAAP). Chapters will focus on refugees of color in the United States by partnering with organizations engaged in support activities that assist refugees and their families to integrate into American life. This includes literacy classes, educational training
Alpha Kappa Alpha’s legacy is not only reflected in the history and achievements of the Sorority as a whole, but it is also a culmination of the labor and love exemplified by its individual chapters. For more than half a century, Zeta Nu Omega has diligently served the Westchester County community through a series of programs that have strengthened families and enhanced academic performance.
Adolescents Karing About People (AKAP) - Adolescents Karing About People is a volunteer service program for Westchester County High School students. This program has been in operation for over 30 years. Chapter members serve as mentors to the student volunteers by providing supervision, training and encouragement.
Ivy AKAdemy - Ivy AKAdemy is an academic enrichment program for students in grades 4-6 at Grimes Elementary School in Mt. Vernon. The children focus on African American history to enhance their reading comprehension and writing skills, and creativity is stimulated by having the children produce plays and scrapbooks depicting what they’ve learned.
Youth Aging Out of Foster Care - Our aim is to bring attention to the issue of aging out of foster care and the need for a smooth transition out of the foster care system. Our young people deserve opportunities to succeed in life as productive members of our society and they deserve our support.
Zeta Nu Omega’s Signature Programs
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Community Impact Days
•Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, Founders Day (January)
•AKA Reactivation Day (January)
•Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (January)
•Pink Goes Red for Heart Health Day (February)
•AKA Global Impact Day (April)
•AKA International Day of Prayer (August)
•National HBCU Week (September)
•AKA HBCU Day (September)
•Breast Cancer Awareness Day (September)
•AKA Caregivers' Day (November)
Signature Program: #CAP
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 2018-2022 Signature Program, #CAP, which is short for College Admissions Process.
Too many African American high school students lack the basic support needed to navigate through the college admissions process. Through #CAP, chapters will partner with local high schools and youth groups to bridge the gap between high school and college by demystifying the college application and enrollment process. This educational initiative will extend to all colleges and universities, both HBCUs and non-HBCUs.
#CAP is a step-by-step approach to facilitate college admissions from researching various institutions and submitting applications through completion of the enrollment process. 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 admissions results.
Through #CAP, Alpha Kappa Alpha will improve the trajectory of the lives of talented young people by increasing their potential for success and laying the foundation for positive, productive and fulfilling lives. .