Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc is the oldest African American sorority in America and Cylia Lowe is a proud member.
Alpha Kappa Alpha, however, also gives back to the communities. The sorority is sponsoring the Epsilon Omega chapter of the Emerging Young Leaders program.
Lowe is a member of the regional program for the sorority and has the charge for overseeing the area programs.
One such program is being held at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, a charter middle school. The program meets Mondays and Wednesdays at the school located on W. Franklin Street in Balitmore.
This year round after school program has been in existence since 2010 and is a fairly new initiative for the AKA sorority.
Fifteen young ladies participate in various activities, which have included workshops on bullying, cyberbullying, and peer pressure as well as an emphasis upon the arts.
The goal of this particular program is cultivate the young mind. It is an exciting opportunity to see the young women grow and develop and to have role models who resemble themselves, according to Lowe.
Additional activities have included a trip to the Maryland Heritage Women's Center, community service at the My Sister's Place shelter, a canned food drive, and a Going Green initiative in which the ladies were taught how to create green cleaning products at home and to reduce their carbon footprints.
The entire sorority lends its talents to service the young ladies toward self-development.
The Epsilon Omega chapter is currently seeking grant opportunities to assist in funding its programs.
For further information, contact Ms. Lowe at 410-367-6750 or Tonja Ringgold at www.epsilonomega.org.
The school's website is www.blsyw.org.