home arrow METRO arrow AKA forum boosts Emerging Leaders

Login Form






Lost Password?
No account yet? Register
DIGITAL EDITION
AKA forum boosts Emerging Leaders PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff Report   
Tuesday, 16 April 2013

aka-013_web.pngMIAMI — The Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA) hosted a civic engagement and leadership breakfast forum featuring several local female politicians for its Emerging Young Leaders (EYL).

More than 50 students from the Carol City Middle School EYL Club and the Citywide EYL Club, as well as parents and sorority members, attended the forum, which consisted of a lively and animated discussion of the importance of community involvement, education, mentoring and values, at the Carrie P. Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center at Miami-Dade College. 

The AKAs’ Emerging Young Leaders is an initiative to develop sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade girls in the areas of education, character building, leadership and civic engagement. 

Panelists included state Rep. Cynthia A. Stafford (D-109), state Rep. Barbara Watson (D-107), Opa-locka Commissioner Dorothy Johnson and Velma Palmer, former vice mayor of South Miami, who shared their experiences and life stories and encouraged the 24 EYLs to stay focused on academic and personal development while being committed to serve their community.

“It was evident that the girls were empowered from the interaction with us, as well as the responses from their questions,” Palmer said. Watson added that “It was a great experience to interact with these young ladies and to encourage them to understand that education is the key. I was pleased to see how they truly embraced the concept of completing high school and becoming members of a productive society.”

The March 16 forum, also a celebration of Women’s History Month, was one of many activities in which the EYLs have participated this school year. 

“We have provided our Emerging Young Leaders with workshops on careers, FCAT preparation, healthy relationships, teen dating violence awareness, and personal grooming,” said Deborah Varnadore-Simmons, chairperson of the chapter’s Citywide EYL Club. “Also, they have performed valuable community service by collecting supplies for military families and presenting a Christmas program for senior citizens.”

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is the nation’s oldest Greek-letter organization established by African-American college-trained women.  Founded on the campus of Howard University, the sorority has provided community service for 105 years to promote education, social justice, economic empowerment, the arts, and health and wellness and to combat global poverty.

The organization is comprised of 265,000 women in 973 chapters nationally and internationally who work to cultivate scholastic achievement and improve the lives of women, girls and all mankind.

The local Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter has served the Miami-Dade community for 73 years. The Emerging Young Leaders is the signature program of the current sorority administration, and its goal is to positively impact the lives of at least 10,000 middle school girls by 2014.

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
This content has been locked. You can no longer post any comments.

busy
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 April 2013 )
 
< Prev   Next >
 
The machine rises in ‘Transcendence’The machine rises in ‘Transcendence’
For many, many, many years, we have heard that if we are not careful machines will take over.  We saw it in the Terminato...
Read more...
A tribute to Soul TrainA tribute to Soul Train
Matthew Weaver recalled growing up in New York and making sure to watch Soul Train every Saturday morning, mesmerized by ...
Read more...
Sean Combs to receive  honorary doctorateSean Combs to receive honorary doctorate
WASHINGTON — Entertainer and entrepreneur Sean Combs will deliver Howard University’s 146th commencement speech May 10 in...
Read more...
Salvant is female singer of the yearSalvant is female singer of the year
NEW YORK — Miami’s own Cécile McLorin Salvant won multiple awards in the 2014 Jazz Awards presented by the Jazz Journalis...
Read more...

The most influential African American weekly newspaper in South Florida

Beatty Media LLC