International Programs


Since 1908, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated has implemented programs of service impacting countless lives.


The 2014-2018 International Program will focus on Launching New Dimensions of Service℠. Members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, through its 265,000 members and 986 chapters, will have an opportunity to address community needs with programs in five target areas:


Target I – Educational Enrichment
Target II – Health Promotion
Target III – Family Strengthening
Target IV – Environmental Ownership
Target V – Global Impact

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will expand its community presence as a result of these initiatives, which include International Community Impact Days and our signature enrichment program, ASCEND℠.

Target I ~ Educational Enrichment


  • ASCEND℠ – Members will engage in the sorority’s signature youth enrichment program, ASCEND℠ with efforts designed to motivate, engage, and assist high school students in reaching their maximum potential.
  • One Million Backpacks℠ – Members will donate and distribute one million backpacks and related school supplies to students over the four year period.
  • Think HBCU℠ – Support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will be a priority as Alpha Kappa Alpha launches a national campaign to highlight HBCUs and their contribution to the sorority and society.

Target II ~ Health Promotion


  • The Alzheimer’s Disease and Caregiver Support Program will generate awareness and support for Alzheimer’s programming and research.
  • Stroke and Heart Disease Awareness – Alpha Kappa Alpha will launch a major stroke prevention awareness campaign with emphasis on hypertension management, diet, and exercise.
  • Mental Health will be highlighted as members bring attention to the mental illness among diverse populations with low utilization of mental health services.

Target III ~ Family Strengthening


  • Community based Childhood Hunger Initiatives will be launched in partnership with local agencies, food banks and community pantries.
  • The Family Seasonal Wraps℠ Program will be 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 will be initiated as members work with partner organizations and families to help increase their understanding of budgeting, basic financial planning, and benefits of home ownership.

Target IV ~ Environmental Ownership


  • The AKA 1908 Playground Project℠ will be launched to ensure children have safe and inviting places to play. Sorority members will restore and renew 1,908 existing community and school playgrounds with its Restore, Refresh, and Renew Project℠.
  • Through its Acts of Green Program℠ members will promote environmental sustainability by encouraging recycling, litter prevention, and waste management through daily green efforts in local communities.

Target V ~ Global Impact


  • Alpha Kappa Alpha members will work in partnership with the UNA-USA (United Nations Association) to expand understanding of the UN, its mission, and focus.
  • Through its renewed Africare partnership, Alpha Kappa Alpha Chapters will implement youth hunger initiatives on the continent of Africa.
More information about these initiatives can be found at our international website