Alpha Kappa Alpha’s Signature Youth Program: ASCEND


Alpha Kappa Alpha, Iota Lambda Omega Chapter’s signature youth program, ASCEND, focuses on Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking, and Development Skills. Eligible program participants include high school male and female students (grades 9-12) residing in Howard County with emphasis on academic, life, career and character-building skills. The ultimate goal is to motivate, engage and assist these students in reaching their maximum potential.

ASCEND enrichment experiences emphasize exposing participants to SMART careers (Science, Math, And Related Technologies,) college preparation and vocational and professional career opportunities. Students will be assigned mentors, participate in social activities and field trips and lead their own civic and service learning activities. Although some program details are still being confirmed, ASCEND program meetings will be held monthly.

High school aged students interested in participating in the ASCEND program must complete an ASCEND application by Saturday, January 24, 2015, along with a signed parental/guardian permission form. Program participants must also attend an information launch session on Saturday, January 31, 2015. Time and location will be sent directly to program participants. ASCEND applications are available by request; please send an email to for details.