ASCEND℠ Chairman: LauWanda Fitz
One Million Backpacks℠ and Think HBCU℠ Chairman: Barbara Kelly
Members will engage in the sorority’s signature youth enrichment program, ASCEND℠. Our FREE signature youth enrichment program is designed to motivate, engage, and assist high school students in reaching their maximum potential. Emphasis will be placed on SMART (science, math, and technology) or STEM related careers. ASCEND℠ focuses on the key areas below:
- Developmental Skills
What are the benefits?
Students in the ASCEND program have an opportunity to receive academic enrichment and life skills training to support their journey to college or vocational employment. Students spend a minimum of 3 hours per month participating in ASCEND activities.
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How can students apply?
The Delta Kappa Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. invites high school male and female students to participate in its signature educational enrichment program.
In keeping with its intense focus on promoting the learning process, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.® will encourage positive learning experiences by providing substantial support to students through AKA One Million Backpacks℠. Members will donate and distribute one million backpacks and related school supplies to students over the four year period.
Support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will be a priority as Alpha Kappa Alpha launches a national campaign, Think HBCU℠ to highlight HBCUs and their contribution to the sorority and society. Through education, engagement and advocacy, HBCUs will be showcased as critical venue for moving students to and through college. Our goals are to:
- Increase enrollment in HBCU Alumni Associations
- Increase the number of scholarships awarded to students attending HBCUs
- Provide HBCU awareness opportunities for high school students deciding which college to attend
- Encourage HBCU alumni to make financial contributions to their alma mater