2015 MLK Day of Service - Beta Pi Omega, Gamma Alpha, and Epsilon Phi chapters partnered with the Arkansas Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission, led by Mr. Dushun Scarbrough, Executive Director. The keynote speaker was Eric Braeden, a German-American film and television actor, best known for his role as "Victor Newman" on the award winning day-time series "The Young and The Restless". Mr. Braeden shared his life experience of racism and discrimination both in Germany and in the United States. Chapter members served as volunteers during the event and collected non-perishable items for the Arkansas Foodbank and new and gently used coats for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas for the Family Strengthening Target. A Voter Registration Drive was also held by the Connection Committee.
Launching New Dimensions of Service
Since 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® has implemented programs of service impacting countless lives. The 2014-2018 International Program focuses on Launching New Dimensions of Service℠. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, through its 265,000 members and 986 chapters, address community needs with programs in five target areas:
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority has expanded its community presence as a result of these initiatives, which include International Community Impact Days and our signature enrichment program, A.S.C.E.N.D.℠
Program Chairman: Katrina Owoh, M.B.A.
For more information concerning the overall Launching New Dimensions of Service program, please email LNDSBPO@yahoo.com.
Target I: Educational Enrichment
Members engage in the sorority’s signature youth enrichment program, A.S.C.E.N.D.℠ with efforts designed to motivate, engage and assist high school students in reaching their maximum potential. A.S.C.E.N.D.℠ focuses on Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking and Developmental Skills. Students in the A.S.C.E.N.D.℠ Program have an opportunity to receive academic enrichment and life skills training to support their journey to college or vocational employment.
Currently, Beta Pi Omega chapter has partnered with the Little Rock School District and has students in the 9th – 12th grade participating in the program. In addition, the two sponsored undergraduate chapters, Gamma Alpha chapter at
Philander Smith College and Epsilon Phi chapter at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, partner with Beta Pi Omega chapter on specific modules and age-appropriate activities. They also serve as the primary facilitators for the Model UN portion of the A.S.C.E.N.D.℠ program.
Chairman: Danyell Crutchfield Cummings, Ed.D.
For more information concerning the A.S.C.E.N.D.℠ program, please email ASCENDBPO1937@yahoo.com.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority promotes the learning process by providing substantial support to students through AKA One Million Backpacks℠. Members are donating and distributing one million backpacks and related school supplies to students over the four year period.
Currently, the chapter supports the AKA One Million Backpacks℠ campaign by donating backpacks and school supplies monthly. All donations stay in the Central Arkansas area. A random ticket drawing is held quarterly to encourage chapter member participation.
Chairman: Jennifer Alexander, BS
Co-Chairman: Joy Brooks, BS
For more information concerning AKA One Million Backpacks℠, please email BackpacksBPO@yahoo.com.
Support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) is a priority as Alpha Kappa Alpha launched a national campaign, Think HBCU℠, to highlight HBCUs and their contribution to the sorority and society. Through education, engagement and advocacy, HBCUs are showcased as a critical venue for moving students to and through college.
Beta Pi Omega chapter has several members who attended a HBCU and are actively involved in their Alumni Association. The chapter has focused efforts on increasing the number of active members in their respective local alumni chapters, encouraging members to volunteer at alumni chapter recruitment and scholarship fairs throughout the year, and continuing to provide a one-year scholarship to a high school senior who attends a HBCU.
Chairman: Ashia Muhammad, M.Ed.
Co-Chairman: Yvonne Alexander, B.B.A.
For more information concerning Think HBCU℠, please email HBCUBPO@yahoo.com.
Target II: Health Promotion
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority promotes health awareness in three areas: Alzheimer's Disease, Stroke and Mental Illness. The Alzheimer's Disease and Caregiver Support Program generate awareness and support for Alzheimer's programming and research. Alzheimer's disease is one of the fastest growing health challenges among African Americans.
Stroke and Heart Disease Awareness remains a focus area as Alpha Kappa Alpha has launched a major stroke prevention awareness campaign with emphasis on hypertension management, diet and exercise.
Mental Health is highlighted as members bring attention to the mental illness among diverse populations with low utilization of mental health services.
Beta Pi Omega chapter has partnered with the local American Heart Association
and American Stroke Association, Alzheimer’s Association Arkansas Chapter and National Alliance on Mental Illness. Program activities such as health fairs and mental health awareness forums are held during the year and members participate in the AHA Heart Walk, Alzheimer’s Walk and Go Red for Women Campaign. To encourage healthy living, members participate in the Annual Maintain Don’t Gain Challenge, Zumbathons, and also receive healthy recipes during the holiday season.
Chairman: Abeer Washington, M.D.
Co-Chairman: Mia Wilson, M.B.A.
For more information concerning Health Promotion, please email HealthBPO@yahoo.com.
Target III: Family Strengthening
Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Family Strengthening Programs target critical issues facing many families, including lack of food, shelter and financial means.
Community based Childhood Hunger Initiatives have launched partnerships with local agencies, food banks and community pantries.
The Family Seasonal Wraps℠ Program is 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 has been initiated as members work with partner organizations and families to help increase their understanding of budgeting, basic financial planning and benefits of home ownership.
Beta Pi Omega chapter has partnered with Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church - The Broadway Bridge Project and the Arkansas Foodbank for this program target. Members collect canned food items for school pantries and donate seasonal wraps to the Watershed, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas, and other local agencies. The chapter also hosts Fiscal Responsibility seminars bi-annually.
Chairman: Colea Blann, RN
Co-Chairmen: Shelia Washington, CPA, PMP
Jenia Thurman, RN
For more information concerning Family Strengthening, please email FamilyBPO@yahoo.com.
Target IV: Environmental Ownership
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority implements high impact programs to provide healthy environments and improve the quality of life in the underserved communities.
The AKA 1908 Playground Project℠ has been launched to ensure children have safe and inviting places to play. Sorority members are restoring and renewing 1,908 existing community and school playgrounds with its Restore, Refresh and Renew Project℠.
Through its Acts of Green Program℠ members are promoting environmental sustainability by encouraging recycling, litter prevention and waste management through daily green efforts in local communities.
The Environmental Ownership target provides a forum for Beta Pi Omega chapter to develop and share appropriate conservation and sustainable development
strategies with the communities in the greater Little Rock, Arkansas area. In addition to focusing on energy conservation techniques, this committee also works with local agencies to restore/renew playgrounds in Little Rock and North Little Rock to improve the quality of life in the area.
Chairman: Cecilia Ellington, B.A., CBPP
Co-Chairman: Salisa Harrison, MM, MA
For more information concerning Environmental Ownership, please email EnvironmentalBPO@yahoo.com.
Target V: Global Impact
Sorority members are implementing the UNA-USA Global Classrooms Project to prepare today's youth for an increasingly global and complex society. Alpha Kappa Alpha members are working 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 are implementing youth hunger initiatives on the continent of Africa.
Beta Pi Omega chapter supports the UNA-USA Global Classrooms Project by collaborating with the A.S.C.E.N.D.℠ program and developing the UN modules. The Global Impact committee also donates to Africare in June and November of each year
Chairman: Beverly Lyn-Cook, Ph.D.
Co-Chairman: Nina Stagger, RD/LD
For more information concerning Global Impact, please email IMPACTBPO@yahoo.com.
Community Impact Days
Alpha Kappa Alpha members are implementing 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)
1908 Playgrounds Mobilization Day (May)
The Longest Day™ Alzheimer’s Support Activities (June)
Mental Health Awareness Day (July)
Childhood Hunger Awareness Day (October)