Recap of Events
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Founder's Day - January 15, 2019
More than 30 Sorors joined together to share food, laughs, and fond AKA memories to celebrate AKA Founders' Day.
Sorors both active in Chi Sigma Omega and looking to join a chapter had a wonderful evening of sisterly bonding
MLK Day of Service Drive Food Drive - January 21, 2019
For our annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. International Day of Service, Chi Sigma Omega chapter hosted
and moderated an interactive panel discussion with local community leaders -
Utica Gray, PhD, MSHSA, BA (Chicago Regional Director, Fresh Start Caring for Kids Foundation),
Heather Hathaway Miranda, M.A. (scholar-activist, award-winning international speaker),
David Jackson (Joliet Black Police Officer Association President)
Sheldon Watts (Bolingbrook Village Trustee).
The topics of discussion included police brutality, social justice, domestic violence, and
Dr. Martin Luther King's vision for a nonviolent future. Each panelist provided insight into how
their work correlates with Dr. King's vision. Congressman Bill Foster was in attendance and provided
his own personal connection with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy through the Congressman's father.
In addition, we collected over 3k diapers and over 300 canned goods from the community and Sorors for
donation to local food pantries!
Pink Goes Red - February 1, 2019
Chi Sigma Omega Chapter observed
Pink Goes Red Day
for Heart Health by hosting a heart healthy informative
fitness event at the Eola Community Center in Aurora, Illinois.
The importance of engaging in fitness activities and practicing an active lifestyle to maintain and improve
heart health was among the key messages of the day, and members of the local community and Chi Sigma Omega
got moving in a high energy line dancing fitness class taught by Belynda Head of Lines 'N Motion.
Class participants also had the opportunity to learn more about heart disease, risk factors and
prevention from Chi Sigma Omega member Tamara Smith, MSN, APN, FNP-BC, who provided written materials
regarding heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and related topics to attendees and conducted blood
At the conclusion of the event, gift cards were awarded to the first and last person to register
for the class in appreciation for the community's support!
Teen Summit - March 2, 2019
On Saturday, March 2, 2019, we hosted our annual Teen Summit. The free event was held at the 95th Street
Public Library in Naperville, Illinois. We had more than 30 youth in attendance, grades 7th through 12th.
The morning began with an HBCU college fair. Representatives were on-site from Fisk University,
Virginia Union University, Wiley College, and Kentucky State University. Students were able to speak
with past alums and gain information on admissions.
After the college fair, we transitioned to our summit. This year's theme was the Harlem Renaissance.
Attendees learned about renaissance contributors like journalist Gwendolyn Bennett, novelist Nella Larsen,
and singing trio the Dandridge Sisters, which included famed actress Dorothy Dandridge. To get the youth
fully engaged, there was also a fashion show, spoken word and a session focused on helping our youth
choose the best college majors and careers based on their interests.
While the students were in their workshop, the parents attended a financial literacy program.
We had Violette Hawkins, CFA from Edward Jones on-site discussing how to build an everyday budget
to planning for retirement. Credit repair specialists Cheronda Hester and Cheryl Edwards provided best
practices on maintaining good credit.
The event overall was a success, impacting the community, and lives of our youth!
End of Year Celebration Event Recap - May 31, 2019
In celebration of the accomplishments of participants in Chi Sigma Omega's two teen mentoring
programs - T-Rose and #CAP or College Admissions Process, an end-of-year celebration was held at the
Eola Community Center in Aurora, Illinois. The program participants in attendance received
participation certificates and graduating seniors were presented with gifts.
The event also promoted entrepreneurship, global impact, nutrition and wellness and the arts.
Entrepreneurship. Event attendees had an opportunity to learn about local African-American owned
businesses and their products and services from business owners in attendance who hosted information
tables at the event.
Global Impact. Community members joined the Chapter in dropping off donations of blankets, laundry
detergent, shampoo and other necessities to the Refugee Supply Drive collection area to aid local
Nutrition and Wellness. Event attendees were treated to health-inspired refreshments that included an
Apple Nacho Bar.
The Arts. The event concluded with a Black Arts Walk which showcased displays created by students in
the mentoring programs featuring African-American writers, entertainers and other artists.
Last Updated: June 2019