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St. Petersburg AKA Chapter to Host Cluster II Conference Nov. 13-14

St.Petersburg, FL – More than 400 members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will join together for the South Atlantic Region Cluster ll Conference beginning on Friday, Nov. 13 and concluding on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the beautiful Hilton Carillon Hotel in St. Petersburg. 

The purpose of the conference is for members to share in “The Power of The Pearl Connection” by focusing on the sorority’s programmatic thrust, “Launching New Dimensions of Service.” During the conference weekend, members expect to donate hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies to Pinellas County Schools Homeless Education Assistance Team (HEAT) program. The effort is part of a community service project to assist homeless students in pre-K to 12th grade. 

In addition to sisterly fellowship, enriching workshops and recognition of outstanding service, members will also participate in a special Friday night HBCU-themed reception, “Friday Night Live” as part of this two-day event. 

The Cluster, under the dynamic leadership of South Atlantic Regional Director Sharon Brown Harriott and Cluster II Coordinator Donna Douglas, consists of eleven graduate chapters and three undergraduate chapters from areas including Orlando, Lakeland, Tampa, Clearwater, Bradenton and Ft. Myers. This year’s Cluster II Conference planning is hosted by the members of Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter along with conference chairman, Manitia Moultrie and co-chairs Sharon Jackson and Yoluondria Whitehead. 

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. 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. For more information, visit www.AKA1908.org.

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Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Launches Community Assistance Mini-Grant Initiative to Help Small Non-Profit Organizations


St. Petersburg, Florida – September 28, 2015: The Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has launched a new Community Assistance Awards Initiative. The purpose of the awards is to support the development of community service projects and increase civic engagement among youth and families.

The Community Assistance Awards range from $500 to $1,000 and may be awarded to eligible small community service and charitable or non-profit organizations* in the Tampa Bay area.  Only one award will be granted per organization. Recipients will be notified by November 23, 2015.  Funding will be awarded to organizations who successfully implement a program or activity that addresses one of the following program targets:Health

-  Education

-  Poverty

-  Entrepreneurship/Financial Literacy/ Budgeting

-  Social Justice & Human Rights 

-  Literacy

-  The Arts

Applications are available at www.zuochapter.org and must be received or postmarked by October 31, 2015.  Awards will be presented during a public reception at 4 p.m. on December 20, 2015 at the St. Petersburg Hilton Hotel.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Gayle-Kelly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated:  Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908. It is the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African-American college-educated women. Alpha Kappa Alpha is comprised of more than 265,000 members in 986 graduate and undergraduate chapters in the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Bermuda, the Caribbean, Canada, Japan, Germany,SouthKorea and on the continent of Africa. The organization is led by International President Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, is often hailed as “America’s premier Greek-letter organization for African American women.” 

To underscore the sorority’s commitment to the community, the women of Zeta Upsilon Omega Chapter actively participates in and sponsors the Exquisite Gem and Pathfinder Programs, Read-A-Loud Program,MoneySense Financial Literacy Program, Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, College Preparation workshops and provides financial support to a host of community organizations in the Tampa Bay area. 

*Organizations without 501(c)3 status can apply.  Organizations who are members of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and National Panhellenic Conference are not eligible to apply.