2018 – 2022 International Program: Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service
Since 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated has implemented programs of service impacting countless lives.
The 2018-2022 International Program focuses on Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service. Phi Tau Omega Chapter will work tirelessly to implement the sorority’s five program targets in the following areas:
Target 1 : HBCU for Life: A Call to Action
Our chapter will continue to promote and market historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) to students and highlight prominent Alpha Kappa Alpha women and other notable individuals who have attended HBCUs. Members will be encouraged to assist in providing financial support to HBCUs through the AKA HBCU Endowment Initiative, an upcoming scholarship effort through EAF.
Through the sorority’s new signature program, #CAPSM, Phi Tau Omega Chapter 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. We aim to accomplish this goal by assisting students with completing college applications, preparing for college entrance exams, writing compelling personal statements, identifying scholarships and other financial aid, and compiling a portfolio to track college admission results.
Target 2: Women’s Healthcare and Wellness
Under Target 2, Phi Tau Omega Chapter will focus on the following:
• Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention will focus specifically on early detection through mammograms to improve the survival rate of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Our chapter will partner with local clinics 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. Our chapter will work to promote the benefits of walking through various community 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 our chapter will partner with local nutritionists and dietitians to design healthy eating plans and safe diets for longer, healthier living.
• Care for the Caregivers
Phi Tau Omega Chapter 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 care-giving.
Target 3: Building Your Economic Legacy
Phi Tau Omega Chapter will focus on the following areas to promote financial fitness:
• Personal Financial Planning and Asset Accumulation
Our chapter will host “Financial Freedom Legacy Workshops” in partnership with local certified financial planners who will share information on saving, investing, and retirement planning and train community residents on ways to perform financial assessments to achieve their financial goals.
• Credit Repair and Monitoring. This initiative will focus on ways to repair credit and improve credit scores including how to check for inaccurate or outdated information in credit reports, and how to protect against both identity theft and unauthorized credit history use.
• Entrepreneurship and the Black Dollar 365. This initiative will highlight and promote successful African-American owned businesses with an aim toward spawning new entrepreneurial ventures in our communities by encouraging intentional support and leveraging the power of the black dollar 365 days a year.
• 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. Phi Tau Omega Chapter will partner with or adopt a shelter, a transitional home or an organization that provides assistance to these needy populations.
Target 4: The Arts!
Phi Tau Omega Chapter 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 celebrate the contributions of African-American artists during the Harlem Renaissance through student research and chapter sponsorship of student talent showcases. This initiative will correlate with HBCUs and African-American culture and will include colleges with art collections.
• Salute to the Black Arts Movement will focus on student research and celebration of African-American artists during the Black Arts Movement. Our chapter will champion activities that express the movement 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.
Target 5: Global Impact
• National Global Impact Day
Phi Tau Omega Chapter 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
Our chapter will engage in global partnerships that provide assistance to the under-served in international areas populated with people of color. These partnerships include the following:
Soles 4 Souls- We will collect gently-worn shoes and transport the shoes to specified locations. Soles 4 Souls, a non-profit organization, will process and ship shoes to destinations around the world populated with people of color.
Lions Club International- We 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- We 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)- We 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, and other necessary transitional support.
For more information, visit our international website: www.aka1908.com.