Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc®
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 Mrs. Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson is "Launching New Dimensions of Service."
For specific information about LNDS 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
Launching New Dimensions of Service (LNDS)
Below are the 5 Target Areas of Launching New Dimension of 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, ASCEND℠.
Signature Program Target
Target I: Educational Enrichment
Kappa Psi Omega has instituted the ASCEND Program in collaboration with the Gamma Gamma Gamma Chapter of Omega Psi Phi
Fraternity, Inc. at Middleton High School in Middleton, WI. We currently meet with youth for a 3 hour session once a month with the women of our chapter and male mentors. We have conducted sessions
on self-esteem, voting rights, and leadership. We also encourage our ASCEND students' participation in the NAACP ACT-SO competition and are organized a Black College Tour in Spring 2017.
As a part of the Sorority's One Million Backpacks effort Kappa Psi Omega Chapter has partnered with the Madison Metropolitan
Chapter of 100 Black Men. In 2014 we packed and distributed more than 1500 backpacks to needy elementary and middle school students. In 2015 we packed and distributed 1710 backpacks to area students.
Our goal for 2016 is 2000 backpacks.
As a part of the Sorority's "Think HBCU" initiative our chapter includes an HBCU awareness day by wearing our HBCU t-shirts
and donating to our various alumni associations. As a part of our ASCEND Program we helped sponsor a Black College Tour for Spring 2017.
Target II: Health Promotion
Kappa Psi Omega participates in the Sorority's Alzheimer's Disease and Caregiver Support Program. In 2015 we planted a small
tree in honor one of our chapter's charter members who is battling Alzheimer's Disease. Each year Chapter members participate in "The Longest Day" doing awareness and support activities for both
sufferers of Alzheimer's and caregivers. The 2016 Longest Day activities include: A 6:00 am prayer line, a sun salutation yoga session, individual activities of line-dancing, group walking, and gift
baskets to caregivers. The Chapter also co-sponsors (along with the University of Wisconsin-Madison) the Solomon Carter Fuller Lecture.
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
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 health and wellness, Kappa Psi Omega sponsors an annual "Walk it Out Health and Wellness Fair." For
the past 2 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
Target III: Family Strengthening
As a part of the family strengthening target Kappa Psi Omega helps to organize a Divine 9 Food Drive to stamp out childhood
hunger. 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 2016
chapter members donated over 300 items including scarves, hats, mittens, gloves, underwear, and socks along with healthy snacks. We will supply Emerson with additional wraps and backpacks for the
upcoming school year.
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 Family Strengthening Target
Target IV: Environmental Ownership
Kappa Psi Omega embraces the Environmental Ownership Target by participating in the AKA 1908 Playground Project. We have
partnered with One City Early Learning Center to design and plan its new playground. The playground is funded by American Family Insurance while Kappa Psi Omega and ASCEND students provide the labor
to clean up the grounds and install the playground equipment and learning center garden.
Kappa Psi Omega also takes seriously the "Acts of Green Program" by sending all of its meeting information electronically
and becoming a paperless chapter. Each May the chapter participates in the UW-Credit Union's Shred-It campaign where we bring sensitive documents to the mobile shredding truck for safe
Target V: Global Impact
Kappa Psi Omega joins with its undergraduate chapter, Epsilon Delta to institute a model UN. We also partner with the Model
UN chapter that is established on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to train high school students for participation in the model UN.
Kappa Psi Omega also participates in the Little Dresses for Africa project. At a recent chapter meeting members brought
their colorful pillowcases and started their dresses. The chapter partners with the Mothers' Board of Mt. Zion Baptist Church for help with finishing the dresses.
Kappa Psi Omega Chapter is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® Central Region. The following is a link to the Central Region webpage: www.akacentral.org
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