AKArama Foundation is dedicated to implementing the International programs Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. These programs are designed to enhance the social, economic, and educational well-being of the local, national, and international communities.

The program theme for 2022-2026 is Soaring to Greater Heights of Service and Sisterhood. The International Program includes five program initiatives that are designed to advance the mission of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.  These initiatives will improve the lives of those we serve. We work collaboratively to maximize our outreach on progressive endeavors and consistently produce leaders who will advance our credo of service.

For more information on our Soaring to Greater Heights of Service and Sisterhood, visit here.

Empower Our Families

The AKArama Foundation will take a multi-generational approach to fortify families within our communities by addressing child hunger and promoting positive youth development and leadership, mental well-being, and senior life.

  • Childhood Hunger Initiative Power Pack– (CHIPP) provides weekend and holiday meals for children within local communities
  • Youth Leadership Institute– YLI is a youth-led and highly interactive leadership development program designed to empower and engage youth, ages 11-13.
  • Mental Health Awareness– During Mental Health Awareness month, we will use our collective efforts to fight stigma and raise awareness related to depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Build Our Economic Wealth

AKArama Foundation Inc. will further encourage and equip our members to place key strategies into action to build personal, organizational, and community economic wealth.

  • Supporting Women Entrepreneurs– Supporting Women Entrepreneurs will focus efforts to promote, celebrate, enhance, reach, raise visibility and offer access for greater revenue-generating opportunities.
  • Black Dollar Days– Black Dollar Days will be held during the month of June with a focus on leveraging our collective buying power to funnel revenue to Black-owned businesses and brands.
Economic Wealth
Enhance our Evironment

Enhance our Environment

AKArama Foundation Inc. will employ select strategies to optimize our collective ability and to improve and protect the environment at scale. We will prioritize activities that promote the adoption of more sustainable and responsible practices.

  • Tree Planting– The AKArama Foundation will track and measure the collective environmental impact of our  tree planting effort.
  • Community and Home Gardens- The AKArama Foundation will create community and home gardens to reduce negative environmental impact and promote sustainable agriculture.
  • Waste Reduction– The AKArama Foundation will engage individuals and communities in eco-friendly practices to reduce household waste.
  • Shredding and Electronic Recycling Days– Shredding and Electronics Recycling Day is an annual event to safely dispose of unused electronic devices and securely shred old paper documents resulting in reducing the burden on landfills and natural resources.
Social Justice

Advocate for Social Justice

The AKArama Foundation Inc. equip communities with the tools, knowledge, and support to activate their voices and mobilize self-help to empower communities to help themselves.

  • Voter Education, Registration, and Mobilization- The AKArama Foundation Inc. will provided voter education, registration and mobilization efforts will empower communities to utilize their most powerful tools of community change and advocacy during local, state, and national elections.
  • Public Policy Forms– The AKArama Foundation Inc. will create convenings of non-partisan, open dialogue on policy challenges and the direction of our country.
  • Candidate Forums– The AKArama Foundation Inc. will create non-partisan public events featuring candidates running for office who wish to express their positions on issues.
  • Public Servant Guides– The AKArama Foundation Inc. will provide concise overviews highlighting women of color currently serving in political leadership positions along with information on how to create a pathway for women in politics.

Uplift Our Local Community

AKArama Foundation Inc. will celebrate excellence, promote a focus on service, and stimulate effective culture and showcase best practices—”Local Change, Big Impact, and Global Showcase.”

  • Celebrating Local Community Impact- The AKArama Foundation Inc. will work to make an exceptional impact in their local community.
Uplift our Local Community

AKArama Signature Programs


Student And Family Empowerment (SAFE), Ascending Young Pearls

This signature program is designed to provide support for the students and families in Woodlawn and the surrounding areas.  AKArama Foundation Inc. provides academic, financial, health, and other resources in an effort to strengthen African American families in and around the Woodlawn community. The Ascending Young Pearls (AYP) program mentors 6th – 8th-grade girls and their parents and assists students with developing leadership skills, self-esteem, and health and wellness related activities as well as providing parents with information to assist them with financial and parenting decisions.  The program meets with parents and students once a month.


Legal Clinic

Attorneys from DLA Piper and Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago provide free legal assistance to residents, by appointment and walk-ins. Legal issues exclude criminal cases. A social worker may be available to assist with social issues. Offered 2nd Wednesday of each month, 4-7pm in partnership with Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community, DLA Piper, and Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago.

For more information on our Soaring to Greater Heights of Service and Sisterhood, visit here.