Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Sercvice
2018-2022 International Program Overview
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® is dedicated to implementing programs of service that enhance the social, economic, and educational well-being of the local, national and international communities. Programs remain the heart of AKA. The size and scope of services provided to our communities have grown and significantly improve the quality of life for all who reside within our service areas.
The program theme for 2018-2022 is Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service. The International Program includes five program targets that are designed to advance the mission of Alpha Kappa Alpha with excellence and underscore our commitment to sustainable service.
Target 1: HBCU for Life: A Call to Action
Through this initiative, members will promote, market and financially support HBCUs. The sorority also will implement an endowment initiative (in partnership with the Educational Advancement Foundation) to endow a scholarship at each accredited four-year HBCU.
Target 2: 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. Alpha Kappa Alpha will introduce its own AKA Breast Cancer Mobile Screening Unit, which will provide access to mammograms in targeted communities. In addition, chapters will engage in activities that raise awareness of the risk factors associated with heart health, emphasize the importance of incorporating good nutrition into daily lifestyles and emphasize the need for caregivers to practice preventive healthcare as well as intentional self-care.
Target 3: Building Your Economic Legacy
The sorority will underscore the importance of maintaining personal finances, asset accumulation, and wealth building. Members will be encouraged to support African-American businesses and entrepreneurs in addition to educating the community about the value of supporting African-American businesses through their Black Dollar 365 initiative.
Target 4: The Arts!
Alpha Kappa Alpha will expose students to arts enrichment and culture by focusing on visual and performing arts. With an emphasis on the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement, chapters will champion activities and community events that showcase the artistic talents of middle and high school students while bringing awareness to the critical role that the Harlem Renaissance and Black Arts movement played in the development of African-American art and culture.
Target 5: Global Impact
Alpha Kappa Alpha will continue the sorority’s focus on Global Assistance Activities. Chapters will make an international impact by engaging in global projects that provide assistance to underserved international areas populated with people of color.
The Signature Program is #CAPSM which is the abbreviation for College Admissions Process. It is designed to assist students in their efforts to enter college by providing a hands-on approach that includes all the steps from researching various colleges to actually completing the application process.
In addition to the program targets, the Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service administration is pleased to continue Community Impact Days. Chapters will engage in simultaneous activities that will benefit the community and continue our commitment to lifelong service.
A significant feature of this programmatic thrust is the launch of AKA UniversitySM! This exciting new platform will serve as the umbrella under which education, training, and leadership development will emerge so that members can enhance their personal development and provide more impactful service to the community.