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Emerging Young Leaders

The Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) Program is the 2010 – 2014 signature program of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. This program will help 8th grade girls in Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Manchester, or Windsor middle schools develop their skills and talents necessary to become leaders at their respective school, within their local communities, and other venues. The program is designed to extend the sorority’s vision of cultivating and encouraging high scholastic achievement among females. The mission of the Emerging Young Leaders Program is to help alleviate problems concerning women and girls as they improve social stature, and help maintain a progressive interest in college life as they prepare “to be of service to all mankind”.

The Emerging Young Leaders program is broken into four learning modules called AKAdemies:

  1. Character Building
  2. Educational Enrichment
  3. Leadership Development
  4. Civic Engagement

These AKAdemies are designed to follow the academic calendar to assist with developing the participant's leadership skills, as well as preparing them for the transition into high school. The increasing demands of the twenty-first century mandate our youth to be better leaders at a younger age making smart choices with positive consequences.

Program trainers and mentors will be the multi-faceted women of the Epsilon Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and with chapters all over the world, the uniformity in program structure for Emerging Young Leaders will look the same whether in Connecticut or Germany – all promoting a universal training program for leadership development among girls.

Program Criteria

  • Applicant must be a female student in the 8th grade for the 2012-2013 school year.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in one of the middle schools in Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Manchester, or Windsor.
  • Applicant must submit a completed counselor/teacher recommendation form.
  • Applicant must maintain a C+ grade point average, or its equivalent, and must show marked effort, improvement or success each grade period.
  • Applicant must submit a typed personal statement (minimum of 500 words), which articulates why she deserves to be in the Emerging Young Leaders Program.
  • Applicant must agree to follow instructions, cooperate and be well behaved while participating in the program.
  • Applicant must submit a completed parental consent and release form.

Program AKAdemies and Meeting Dates

Civic Engagement
October 2012
November 2012

Leadership Development
December 2012
January 2013

Character Building
February 2013
March 2013

Educational Enrichment
April 2013
May 2013

NOTE:  Applications are no longer being accepted. 

EYL Program Contact Information
Blanche Johnson, EYL Chairman
E-Mail: eyl@akahartford.org
Cell: (860) 463-1602


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