Community Programs

Target I: Educational Enrichment

ASCEND Program
The ASCEND℠ program is the sorority's signature youth enrichment program. This program is designed to motivate, engage and assist high school students in reaching their maximum potential. ASCEND℠ will focus on Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking and Developmental Skills. Students in the ASCEND℠ Program will have an opportunity to receive academic enrichment and life skills training to support their journey to college or vocational employment.

One Million Backpacks Campaign
In an effort to support children in their educational journey, members of the sorority will donate and distribute one million backpacks and related school supplies to students over the four year period.

Think HBCU
As part of our sorority's national campaign, we support our Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Our THINK HBCU℠ program highlights their contribution to the sorority and society. Through education, engagement and advocacy, we will showcase HBCUs as a critical venue for moving students to and through college.

Target II: Health Promotion

The health promotion and awareness initiative focus areas are Alzheimer's Disease, Stroke and Mental Illness.
  • The Alzheimer's Disease and Caregiver Support Program generates 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 concentrating on a major stroke prevention awareness campaign with emphasis on hypertension management, diet and exercise.
  • Mental Health is also highlighted as our members bring attention to mental illness among diverse populations with low utilization of mental health services.

Target III: Family Strengthening

The Family Strengthening Programs targets critical issues facing many families, including lack of food, shelter and financial means.
  • Community based Childhood Hunger Initiatives partners with local agencies, food banks and community pantries.
  • The Family Seasonal Wraps℠ Program offers 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 allows members to 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

High impact programs are implemented to provide a healthy environments and improve the quality of life in under served communities.
The AKA1908 Playground Project℠ ensures 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 Acts of Green Project℠ members promote environmental sustainability by encouraging recycling, litter prevention and waste management through daily green efforts in local communities.

Target V: Global Impact

The UNA-USA Global Classrooms Project prepares today's youth for an increasingly global and complex society and to expand understanding of the UN, its mission and focus.