Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority AKAdemy Career Day
St. Petersburg, FL--The ladies of the Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in conjunction with the men of the Eta Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity presented the AKAdemy Career Day on Saturday, January 7, at Pinellas Technical College (PTC). Career Day encompassed one hundred and fifty Bay Area middle and high school youths and focused on college/career planning for both traditional college careers and technical school/careers.
Guest speakers for Career Day were Pinellas County Commissioner, Ken Welch, and Gibbs High Principal, Reuben Hepburn who spoke to the Career Day attendees about the importance of education, planning for the future, and the relevance of HBCU’s. Commissioner Welch, who received his master’s degree from FAMU, exhorted the youth to “focus and prepare for your future.” Principal Hepburn, who received his bachelor’s degree from FAMU, encouraged the youth to “find your purpose.” AKAdemy Alumna, India Pressley-Boyd, shared her experiences of college life with the students. Graduating from the FAMU School of Nursing in May, Ms. Pressley-Boyd challenged the students to do their best.
AKAdemy Director, Manitia Moultrie participated in an open chat with the students about setting goals and mapping out their career path. The students were asked to visualize their life at ages 20, 30, and 40. Ms. Moultrie said that she “was happy to hear them share their goals and noted that many of them have well thought out plans and ideas on how to achieve their goals and dreams.” Nicole Johnson, Education Chair, facilitated a workshop designed to help students explore career choices and HBCU opportunities, and the students took part in a tour of PTC and its many career paths. The students appreciated the words of wisdom from the guest speakers and looked forward to charting the paths for their future.
The AKA AKAdemy is a youth development program funded by the Pinellas County Juvenile Welfare Board and the Youth Development Foundation. 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 Sorority, Inc. in collaboration with the men of Eta Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
AKA South Atlantic Regional Conference Set for April 15 -19 in Orlando, Florida
Sorority members expected to deliver more than $4.5 million dollars to local community
Orlando, FL-- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. today announced it will hold its 62nd South Atlantic Regional Conference April 15-19, 2015 in Orlando, Florida at the Rosen Shingle Creek. Nearly 5,000 members from Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are expected to attend, delivering an economic impact of more than $4.5 million dollars to the I-4 Corridor and the Central Florida community.
During the conference, members will focus on five key program target areas that address educational enrichment, family strengthening, health awareness, environmental ownership and global impact issues. Members will also collect and distribute back packs in support of the sorority's 1 million backpack initiative. Other special activities are also planned for family members, guests and the community including a HBCU college fair at Walt Disney World Resort®.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the oldest Greek-letter organization established in America by black women and was founded on January 15, 1908, at Howard University. Led by International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, the organization connects thousands of college-trained women who give of themselves to support community service projects and scholarship programs.
Hostess chapters for the South Atlantic Regional Conference, consist of eleven graduate chapters and three undergraduate chapters from the Space Coast to Ft. Myers. The South Atlantic Region is noted as the largest of the 10 regions in the sorority
The region, under the leadership of Regional Director Sharon Brown Harriott of Columbia, South Carolina, is comprised of 165 graduate and undergraduate chapters and 10,000 members. With a membership internationally of over 265,000 women, the sorority has more than 986 chapters in the United States, the Caribbean, Canada, Germany, Japan, Korea and Africa. Special recognition will be given to members who have served the sorority for twenty-five (25), fifty (50) and seventy-five (75) years.
For more information, visit www.AKASouthAtlanticRegion.org.
About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated is the oldest Greek-letter organization established in America by black women and was founded on Jan. 15, 1908, at Howard University. Led by International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, the organization connects thousands of college-trained women who give of themselves to support community service projects and scholarship programs.