Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®
Since its founding in 1908 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc® has been dedicated itself to be of Service to All Mankind. Our current administration under the leadership of Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover is "Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service."
For specific information about about our international programs, please consult our international website at www.AKA1908.org
Below is a description of Kappa Psi Omega's implementation of the International Program Initiatives of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc®.
Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service (EXCELLENCE)
Below are the 5 Target Areas of Exemplifying Excellence Through Sustainable Service
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc® will expand its community presence as a result of these initiatives, which include International Community Impact Days and our signature enrichment program, #CAP.
Signature Program Target Areas
Target I: HBCU 4 Life
Kappa Psi Omega will institute the #CAP Program in collaboration with graduate chapters of Divine 9 organizations and other African American service organizations (e.g. The Links, Inc., 100 Black Men of Madison). Through #CAP we will expose students to the annual HBCU Fair in Madison (currently directed by one of our chapter members), and support the Middleton High School Black College Spring Break Trip.
As a part of the Sorority's "HBCU 4 Life" initiative our chapter includes an HBCU awareness day by wearing our HBCU t-shirts and donating to our various alumni associations.
Target II: Women's Healthcare and Wellness
As a part of the Sorority's Stroke and Heart Disease Awareness Kappa Psi Omega participates in the Go Red for Heart Campaign along with Madison's Black Women's Wellness Foundation. Each September we sponsor a table at the Black Women's Wellness Foundation Fair where we distribute information about each of the Sorority's health initiatives.
Launching New Dimensions of Service has a specific focus on Mental Health. Members of Kappa Psi Omega have partnered with NAMI of Dane County and participate in the NAMI Walk to raise both awareness and funds to combat mental illness and the stigma associated with it.
As an overall focus on women's health and wellness, Kappa Psi Omega sponsors an annual "Walk it Out Health and Wellness Fair." For the past 3 years we have included a mental health and wellness component to "Walk it Out." In this activity we partner with 100 Black Men of Madison who provide a demonstration on healthy cooking and eating.
Target III: Building Your Economic Legacy
As a part of the Building Your Economic Legacy target Kappa Psi Omega helps to organize a Divine 9 Food Drive to stamp out hunger among the economically vulnerable. The drive is a contest among the alumni chapters of the Divine 9 fraternities and sororities. The proceeds of the drive are given to the Mt. Zion Baptist Church's food pantry and serves hungry children in the South Madison area.
Kappa Psi Omega has adopted Emerson Elementary School as the recipients of its seasonal wraps giving. In January chapter members donate items including scarves, hats, mittens, gloves, underwear, and socks along with healthy snacks.
Kappa Psi Omega works with University of Wisconsin-Credit Union to provide workshops on the appropriate use of credit and financial management as a part of its fiscal responsibility aspect of the Building Your Economic Legacy target.
Target IV: The Arts
Kappa Psi Omega embraces the Arts by collaborating with the Madison Metropolitan Chapter of the Links, Inc. in providing tickets to the Overture Center for the Arts annual Christmas program. This program features the Madison Symphony Orchestra with the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Choir.
Kappa Psi Omega also will also provide an opportunity for students participating in the #CAP program to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison's First Wave Hip Hop Arts fall and spring student performances.
Target V: Global Impact
Kappa Psi Omega will once again participate in the Little Dresses for Africa project. At a previous chapter
meeting members brought their colorful pillowcases and started their dresses. The chapter will partner with the Mothers' Board of Mt. Zion Baptist Church for help with finishing the
Community Impact Days