2022 – 2026 International Programs
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.
Service and sisterhood have been the cornerstone of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® since 1908. With the theme Soaring to Greater Heights of Service and Sisterhood, the 2022-2026 administration seeks to build upon Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s rich legacy of service by galvanizing our sisterhood of more than 120,000 active members to lead on the front lines of change, education, and advocacy.
This administration has six initiatives. Strengthen Our Sisterhood will serve as the administration’s “Foundation Initiative” as we strengthen our bonds to support our service mission.
The remaining five initiatives will serve as the “Program Initiatives” which include:
Empower Our Families
Build Our Economic Wealth
Enhance Our Environment
Advocate for Social Justice
Uplift Our Local Community
These initiatives are designed to improve the lives of those we serve. We will work collaboratively to maximize our outreach on progressive endeavors and consistently produce leaders who will advance our credo of service.
Empower Our FAMILIES
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has a strong history of supporting and servicing families, for we understand a healthy family is the foundation of a healthy community. We will take a multi-generational approach to fortify families within our communities by addressing child hunger and promoting positive youth development and leadership, mental well-being, and senior life.
Build Our ECONOMIC WEALTH
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is launching our most progressive and revolutionary economic initiatives this century. This administration has created institutional-level solutions to combat institutional-level challenges. We will further encourage and equip our members to place key strategies into action to build personal, organizational, and community economic wealth
Enhance Our ENVIRONMENT
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has the power to galvanize our organization of more than 120,000 active members, create a ripple effect, and make a significant impact on our environment. We will employ select strategies to optimize our collective ability and to improve and protect the environment at scale. We will prioritize activities that promote the adoption of more sustainable and responsible practices.
Advocate For SOCIAL JUSTICE
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority always has been at the forefront of social justice to promote fairness and equity. We stand in the gap to empower our communities and act in the best interests of all people through social advocacy and justice.
We will equip communities with the tools, knowledge, and support to activate their voices and mobilize self-help to empower communities to help themselves.
Uplift Our LOCAL COMMUNITY
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority reigns supreme in its mission of “Service to All Mankind.” Given the engagement of more than 1,046 chapters across an international landscape, we have an ongoing history and reputation for making a global impact through local change.
We will celebrate excellence, promote a focus on service, and stimulate effective culture and showcase best practices—”Local Change, Big Impact, and Global Showcase.”
AREAS OF FOCUS
The Soaring to Greater Heights of Service and Sisterhood administration is pleased to announce our Areas of Focus for 2022-2026 starting with our “We Are One” AKA Service Day. This day will be recognized during our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, where all members throughout the world will join together to volunteer and serve the community side-by-side to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through peace and love in keeping with his life and teachings.
Childhood Hunger Initiative Power Pack (CHIPP™)
CHIPP provides weekend and holiday meals for children within local communities and is targeted to be Alpha Kappa Alpha’s most ambitious childhood hunger program to date.
Youth Leadership Institute (YLI)
YLI is a youth-led and highly interactive leadership development program designed to empower and engage youth, ages 11-13.
Mental Health Awareness
During Mental Health Awareness month, we will use our collective efforts to fight stigma and raise awareness related to depression, anxiety, and trauma.
Our Seniors focus on ensuring these members can actively participate in all AKA activities. We also will focus on providing educational programs and workshops to support senior members as they navigate senior life priorities.
Financial Wellness & Planned Giving
Financial wellness and planned giving efforts will assist members with legacy planning supported by expert members and wealth management partners.
Supporting Women Entrepreneurs
Supporting Women Entrepreneurs will focus efforts to promote, celebrate, enhance, reach, raise visibility and offer access for greater revenue-generating opportunities.
Black Dollar Days
Black Dollar Days will be held during the month of June with a focus on leveraging our collective buying power to funnel revenue to Black-owned businesses and brands.
Chapters will track and measure the collective environmental impact of our largest tree planting effort to date.
Community and Home Gardens
Chapters and individuals will create community and home gardens to reduce negative environmental impact and promote sustainable agriculture.
Waste reduction efforts will engage individuals and communities in eco-friendly practices to reduce household waste.
Shredding and Electronics Recycling Day
Shredding and Electronics Recycling Day is an annual event to safely dispose of unused electronic devices and securely shred old paper documents resulting in reducing the burden on landfills and natural resources.
Voter Education, Registration, and Mobilization
Voter education, registration and mobilization efforts will empower communities to utilize their most powerful tools of community change and advocacy during local, state, and national elections.
Public Policy Forums
Public Policy Forums will create convenings of non-partisan, open dialogue on policy challenges and the direction of our country.
Candidate Forums are non-partisan public events featuring candidates running for office who wish to express their positions on issues.
Public Servant’s Guides
Public Servant’s Guides will provide concise overviews highlighting women of color currently serving in political leadership positions along with information on how to create a pathway for women in politics.
Celebrating Local Community Impact
This recognition program celebrates chapters that have made an exceptional impact in their local community.
Chapter Collaboration Recognition Program
This recognition program acknowledges chapters that have collaborated to combine resources and efforts by maximizing the impact in their community.
Local Community Service Grants
This grant opportunity is for notable local community service projects completed by an individual chapter or chapter collaboration.
Breast Cancer Awareness Day (First Monday in October)
Recognizing the breast cancer results in death for African-American women at nearly double the rate of white women, Alpha Kappa Alpha members will observe Breast Cancer Awareness Day during nationally-recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast Cancer Awareness Day aims to raise awareness about the disease and raise funds for research into its causes, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.
The Pink Ice Gala is a major fundraiser for the Gamma Nu Omega Chapter and through the years the gala has helped raise over $750,000 in scholarship funds that have been awarded to deserving students in the Metropolitan Columbia area. Over the years, this renowned gala has become one of the most well attended events in the Midlands. Each year, approximately 3500+ guests and sorority members participate in an extraordinary evening of fun and fellowship.
FASHIONETTA®, a trademark program of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., is a program which exposes our youth to educational, cultural, and social events as well as participation in community service projects.
The proceeds from the FASHIONETTA® are used by Gamma Nu Omega for its community service projects, scholarships, and educational and cultural activities for the contestants.
Gamma Nu Omega’s scholarship initiative began in 1943 with a $25 scholarship award to a female high school graduate. In 1998, Gamma Nu Omega awarded its first scholarship to a male high school graduate. As of 2013, Gamma Nu Omega has awarded more than $430,000 in scholarships to high school graduates and college undergraduates. Funds from scholarships and other community service projects are made possible through the community’s generous support of Gamma Nu Omega’s annual Pink Ice Gala.