International Program

Launching New Dimensions of Service

Launching New Dimensions of Service

2014-2018 Program

Under the leadership of our International President, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, the sorority will embark on “Launching New Dimensions of Service.” The international program of Alpha Kappa Alpha features five target areas, one Signature Program, and Community Service Days.

The Five target areas are:

  1. new-dimensions-logoEducational Enrichment

  2. Health Promotion

  3. Family Strengthening

  4. Environmental Ownership

  5. Global Impact

The signature program is ASCEND.

Target I- Educational Enrichment

Members will engage in the 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 Developmental Skills. Students in the ASCEND℠ Program will have an opportunity to receive academic enrichment and life skills training to support their journey to college or vocational employment. The goal is to mentor 20,000 high school students in the arts, culture, and STEM.
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority 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 the 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 critical venue for moving students to and through college.

Target II – Health Promotion

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will promote health awareness in three areas: Alzheimer’s Disease, Stroke and Mental Illness.

  • The Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregiver Support Program 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. (Partnership with Alzheimer’s National Association)

  • Stroke and Heart Disease Awareness will remain a focus area as Alpha Kappa Alpha launches a major stroke prevention awareness campaign with emphasis on hypertension management, diet and exercise. (Partnership with American Heart Association and American Stroke Association)

  • Mental Health will be highlighted as members bring attention to the mental illness among diverse populations with low utilization of mental health services. (Partnership with National Association on Mental Illness – NAMI)

Target III- Family Strengthening

Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Family Strengthening Programs will target critical issues facing many families, including lack of food, shelter and financial means.

  • Community based Childhood Hunger Initiatives will be launched in partnership with local agencies, food banks and community pantries.
  • The Family Seasonal Wraps℠ Program will be offered as the sorority sponsors a major initiative to collect and donate hats, gloves, socks, scarves, coats, sweaters and other seasonal wraps for families in need.
  • Fiscal Responsibility Programs will be initiated as members 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

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will implement high impact programs to provide healthy environments and improve the quality of life in the underserved communities.

  • 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

Community Impact Days will occur nationwide at set times during the year.

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)

For more information on our International Program, President and Sorority history, please visit:

http://www.aka1908.com