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AKA AKAdemy Showcase/Awards Program

Celebrating an EMPIRE State of Mind

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – May 12, 2015. The Youth Development Foundation of the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will hold its annual AKA AKAdemy Showcase/Awards Program at the St. Petersburg Colliseum on Sunday, May 24, 2015.

The AKA AKAdemy is the signature program of the Youth Development Foundation and provides youth development services to over 250 youth (Exquisite Gems and Pathfinders) age 11-17 in South Pinellas County. The AKAdemy Awards/Showcase is the culmination of a year filled with program activities focused on education and career development, college/career planning and various community service projects. The showcase allows the youth to end the year on a fun note and celebrate with creativity, talent and fashion. Program participants will be acknowledged for their commitment to academic excellence, leadership and character. The highlight of the program is the presentation of scholarships and the AKAdemy graduation ceremony.

Program highlights:

Presentation of community donations

Acknowledgement of honor students and scholars

Award of high school merit and book scholarships

Presentation of the Class of 2015

Gem and Pathfinder step show(s)

The AKA AKAdemy is a youth development program funded by the Pinellas County Juvenile Welfare Board and the Youth Development Foundation. The Youth Development Foundation - AKA AKAdemy receives over $109,000 annually from the Pinellas County Juvenile Welfare Board. The program offers education and youth development activities in support of college and career readiness for youth age 11-17.  The program is administered by the ladies of Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha in collaboration with the men of the Eta Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.  For more information regarding the AKA AKAdemy please visit the website at www.zuochapter.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




Perry Park to Be Upgraded on May 16

WHO:  St. Petersburg Housing Authority (SPHA)

WHAT: Perry Park Playground Beautification 

WHEN:  Saturday, May 16, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE:  The playground area of Clearview Park Apartments, 3200 37th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713

WHY:  The ladies of the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) will join together with community members to upgrade the playground area at Perry Park.  The local chapter plans to add new mulch to the playground and to plant pink roses in memory of former SPHA Commissioner Lorraine Perry, for whom the park is named. SPHA staff, Clearview Park residents, and members of the Perry family will help with the landscaping efforts.

The sorority has dedicated the month of May to the beautification of local parks and playgrounds, as part of their national program initiative known as the “1908 Playgrounds Project.” Through the service of their 265,000 members in 986 local chapters, AKA’s goal is to restore, refresh, and renew a total of 1,908 playgrounds during the four year administration of their International President, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, which ends in 2018. Locally, the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter plans to upgrade three to five playgrounds, including Perry Park. The chapter is donating all landscaping materials to SPHA.

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA): Founded on January 15, 1908, at Howard University, AKA is the first Greek-letter organization established for college-educated African-American women in the United States. The sorority connects thousands of college-trained women who give of themselves to support community service projects and scholarship programs. Celebrating 60 years of local service, the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter was established in St. Petersburg on December 15, 1955. For more information, please visit the chapter’s website at www.zuochapter.org

About St. Petersburg Housing Authority (SPHA): Founded in 1937, SPHA is one of the oldest housing authorities in the nation and is continually rated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as a “High Performing” agency. SPHA provides housing assistance to qualifying low-income families within its service area, which includes the City of St. Petersburg and extends in a 10-mile radius outside of city limits. More information about SPHA’s programs and services can be found at www.stpeteha.org.


Contact: Audra Butler, SPHA Communications Department, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.