Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. greatly values education and is focused on three key areas of enrichment.

ascend akaASCEND℠, our FREE signature youth enrichment program is designed to motivate, engage, and assist high school students in reaching their maximum potential in their journey to college or vocational employment.

ASCEND focuses on the following key areas:

Developmental Skills

Students in the ASCEND program have an opportunity to receive academic enrichment and life skills training to support their journey to college or vocational employment. Students spend a minimum of 3 hours per month participating in ASCEND activities.

students prepared to transition from high school to college, vocational and technical schools, or work by 2018

We invite students grades 9 – 12 to apply for the ASCEND program. Contact us at for application information. There are 4 cycles of the program. Applications are accepted for each year based on the following schedule:

Cycle Program Dates Application Deadline
1 January 2015 – June 2015 December 27, 2014
2 September 2015 – June 2016 September 4, 2015
3 September 2016 – June 2017 September 4, 2016
4 September 2017 – June 2018 October 31, 2017
aka one million backpacks

In keeping with its intense focus on promoting the learning process, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will provide backpacks filled with school supplies throughout the academic school year to encourage positive learning experiences.

backpacks with school supplies to be distributed to students by 2018

Through education, engagement and advocacy, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will showcase Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) as the critical venue that they are for moving students to and through college and graduating the majority of college educated African Americans in many professions. Our goals are to:
  • Increase enrollment in HBCU Alumni Associations
  • Increase the number of scholarships awarded to students attending HBCUs
  • Provide HBCU awareness opportunities for high school students deciding which college to attend
  • Encourage HBCU alumni to make financial contributions to their alma mater
HBCUs in the United States