EYL Program gives back to the community during the holidays

The Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) Program of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Delta Omega Omega Chapter rang the bell for the Salvation Army’s red kettle campaign on Nov. 23 and most recently held a Christmas party for youth at the local Salvation Army.

The young ladies collected monetary donations and gift items to be distributed at the very special event. To make it a memorable occasion and lots of fun, they held a wrapping session to prepare the gifts for delivery. The Christmas party included an abundance of food, games for enjoyment, and gifts for each child at the Salvation Army, compliments of the EYL program. The program concluded with all students repeating a group affirmation to stay positive and to always believe in themselves.

The Emerging Young Leaders Program is one of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s signature programs targeting girls between grades six through eight. The program initiative encourages leadership development, civic engagement, enhanced academic preparation and character building. It is believed that positive youth development is a powerful influence on adolescent behavior. It protects young people from many risky behaviors and promotes positive attitudes and actions.

The Christmas party allowed the young ladies of the EYL program to learn that community service can be both fun and rewarding.

EYL members attending the activity were Samaria Jackson, Reagan Adams, Destiny Lindsey, Alyssa Alley, Tymonica Creggett, Atlantis Alexander, Kimari Currie, Pashu’ar Grissom, Jayla Foots, Infinity Washington, Elise Darton, Kayla Foots, Jael Gates, Jaidan Woods-Keith, Reunna Jones, and Priscilla Foreman.

The co-chairmen for the Emerging Young Leaders Program are Monique Benford, Kelli Dixon, Marguerite Flannigan and Erin Pilcher. Toni McCastle serves as chapter program chairwoman and Terri L. Jackson is the chapter president.

For more information, contact Ivy Leaf Reporter Mattie P. Collins at kencol1@msn.com.