Many are aware that one of our community's most valuable resources is our young people. When entities take time to invest in the lives of young people and preparing them to be mature and responsible adults and agents of positive change in our communities, it is truly something to celebrate and support.
On Saturday evening, March 16th, starting at 7pm at the Twelve Hotel and Residences in Atlantic Station, an opportunity is available for the community to rally around the efforts of a foundation earthed from the first intercollegiate sorority established for women of African-American descent. And that would happen to be the women of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., in the form of the Psi Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., which happens to serve Clayton and Henry Counties.
With their larger organization established on the campus of Howard University in 1908, and with their chapter chartered on December 10, 2005, the chapter has a growing history and record of leadership and service in its aforementioned servicing area. Through its nonprofit, the Southern Crescent Pearls Foundation, Inc, scholarship opportunities along with community enrichment opportunities for young people are its areas of focus.
On the aforementioned evening, the foundation is presenting its third debutante cotillion event. With a theme of "Revealing the Excellence Within – An Enchanted Evening", the event provides the six high school aged women who partake of their social, internet, and professional etiquette-based training an opportunity to formally present themselves to the general public.
Local media icon and fellow member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Rashan Ali is serving as the mistress of ceremonies. Her background of community outreach through her nonprofit Sporty Girls, Inc. and other projects serves as an ideal backdrop to celebrate and promote the social and civic development of the women who are a part of the program.
As part of their social and service requirements, each participant is receiving (at minimum) a $150 book scholarship to assist with their post-high school endeavors. This year's winner is able to earn the distinction of being named Ms. Southern Crescent Pearl 2013.
The event is open to the general public. Tickets for the semi-formal affair are $65 per adult and $30 for children aged 9 and under. All ticket purchases are tax deductible.
Fostering the development of young people is the primary focus on the Southern Crescent Pearls Foundation, Inc. Aligned with the chapter's programs and services aligned with their larger sorority's 105 year standard motto of "By Culture and By Merit", their presence and entrenchment in the greater Clayton and Henry county communities is a steady and consistent presence.
Investment in the community, especially its young people, is certainly something to celebrate. And Saturday, March 16th, is an example and opportunity in doing so, thanks to the Southern Crescent Pearls Foundation, Inc. and its hosts, the Psi Alpha Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.