Sigma Lambda Omega News & Events
2016 - 2017 ASCEND Program
ASCEND is a comprehensive program with efforts designed to motivate, engage and assist high school students in reaching their maximum potential, specifically targeted for ninth - twelfth graders.
The acronym stands for: Achievement; Self-Awareness; Communication; Engagement; Networking and Developing Skills. Emphasis is placed on Science, Math and Related Technologies, or SMART careers. After completing the program, students will be in better positions to transition to college life as well to the work place. ASCEND activities include cultural and community service engagement and job skill enhancement as well as career exploration and educational preparation. Students also engage in culturally rich activities and dialogue in addition to workshops, seminars and field trips.
ASCEND is FREE - sessions are ongoing and typically held on the first Saturday of each month from 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Meetings are designed for all high school students who reside in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita or Simi Valleys; first come, first served basis.
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News: IVY Babies created and gifted to 70 children!
Summer 2017 – Sigma Lambda Omega hosted our first ever IVY Babies service project for pediatric mental health patients in the San Fernando Valley. The project was inspired by one of the first projects that Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s founders created, making dolls for hospitalized children.
We volunteered to create 70 "IVY Babies" -- colorful stuffed toys -- which were donated to two local organizations for distribution to young patients: The Help Group and the San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Center. Participants helped by machine sewing, stuffing and hand stitching the IVY Babies. Volunteers also created personalized handwritten messages which were attached to each IVY Baby to inspire the youth to be strong and resilient just like the ivy.
*Pictured-SLO Members Michelle Watson, Shanae Sharon, Jasmin Young, Delene Mitchell, SLO President, Tracie Bowdoin, SLO Second Vice President, Tamla Roberts, Jasmine Patterson, Bentley Curtis and Arianne Ousley.
News: Seven Students Receive Scholarships at our Annual Scholarship Tea Fundraiser!
June 2017 - Thank you for assisting Sigma Lambda Omega with celebrating our seven scholarship recipients and helping us raise even more funds to provide future scholarships!
Hundreds of guests gathered at The Castaway Restaurant in Burbank once again to celebrate our seven scholarship recipients for their educational accomplishments. Their achievements include having a cumulative 4.1 GPA or higher and one scholar who was the valedictorian of her graduating class! Two of the scholarship recipients who had participated in our educational enrichment program, the Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) Program, shared with the audience their experiences and the benefits of being part of EYL. The students will now be off to attend local colleges like UCLA, Ivy League universities including Princeton and HBCUs such as Spelman College.
At the afternoon tea, we also fundraised for future scholarships through both live and silent auctions, raffle tickets and event ticket sales. And of course, a tea wouldn't be fun without our traditional "Hat Parade," where guests with the most glamorous and fabulous hats competed to see who had the best hat of the day.
During our twenty-six years of service, we are beyond excited to have provided more than $110,000 in scholarships to students in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Simi Valleys. We are also proud to have made 2017 the first year we gave out a scholarship from our endowed scholarship fund.
We look forward to providing more scholarships to deserving students in the future!
News: Socializing with a Purpose - Mentorship
April 2017 - Sigma Lambda Omega participated in a very successful Sisterly Mentoring and Sisterly Relations activity one sunny Saturday day in April. Our event was held at our sister Nicole's family's ranch, a beautiful outdoor venue in the San Fernando Valley. There was delicious food, important mentoring sessions and fun sisterly relations activities! We were able to learn, connect and fellowship in a relaxed environment. Participants of our ASCEND Youth Enrichment Program℠ - which is Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.’s signature youth enrichment program - participated in adventurous horseback riding on local mountain trails, learned more about ranch operations and had an enjoyable time as well.
News: Mind, Body and Wellness Health Fair a Success!
January 2017 - Sigma Lambda Omega hosted the Mind, Body and Wellness Health Fair for the local San Fernando Valley community on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. The event took place with assistance from the following organizations: Valley Community Healthcare; Association of Black Women Physicians; National Alliance on Mental Illness; Family Rescue Center and Walgreens, which provided free flu vaccinations.
Along with hearing and blood pressure examinations, screenings for diabetes, vision and depression were offered, free of cost. Complimentary lunch, snacks and beverages were also provided to attendees.
SLO members provided ongoing support, enabling the event to flow smoothly.
Knowledgeable SLO volunteers from contributed discussion sessions, including two Chapter members, Dr. Wilsa Charles-Malveaux and Dr. Joy Liani Hallman, who led mental health and self-esteem building through interactive dance workshops.
The health fair was well attended by the community and Chapter President Tracie Bowdoin hopes to continue to provide this community service event annually, with the continued assistance of the Chapter and the Health Committee Chairman Dr. Renee M. Poole.
In the spirit of Dr. Ida Jackson, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated who helped to establish the Mississippi Health Project, it is Sigma Lambda Omega’s ongoing goal to provide encouragement, support and referrals combined with screenings and workshops to help raise awareness concerning well-being and health.
News: Cash for College, a Success!
January 2017 - Sigma Lambda Omega hosted our fourth L.A. Cash for College workshop, in partnership with the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, UNITE-LA and the California Student Aid Commission. SLO members along with community supporters and college financial aid professionals volunteered and assisted students and their families with the completion and submission of the FAFSA, Cal Dream Act, and Chafee Grant online applications while explaining the process regarding the Cal Grant GPA Verification Form and CA Middle Class Scholarship.
Resource information about local colleges as well as scholarships and grant opportunities was provided. Two HBCU representatives and a CA Dream Act expert were also present for inquiries. The Los Angeles. Cash for College Events are the region’s largest financial aid awareness campaign to increase students' and families' understanding of the college financial process and opportunities; especially with those of first generation status.
*Pictured - Scholarship Committee Chairman, Marla-Brandon Stewart and Committee Members, Dr. Renee Poole, SLO President, Tracie Bowdoin and Dr. Joy Liani Hallman
News: Sigma Lambda Omega Supports Hidden Figures
January 2017 - Hidden Figures, the movie depicts three African American female mathematicians who worked for NASA in the 1950s and charted the launch of astronaut, John Glenn into orbit during the race into space. As members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, each graduated a Historically Black College/University(HBCU) - Katherine Johnson - West Virginia State University, Dorothy Vaughn - Hampton University and Mary Jackson - Wilberforce University. The movie is still defying odds at the box office.
*Pictured - ASCEND Chairman, Candice Williams and students as well as Sigma Lambda Omega Chapter members
News: SLO Celebrates 3 Golden Sorority Sisters
January 2017 - Sigma Lambda Omega Chapter is proud to honor our newest addition to the "Golden" list," Cynthia Barnett. To date, we currently have three Chapter members who have been members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated for 50+ years of uninterrupted service to all mankind. Our Golden Sorority Sisters are our jewels!
News: Ongoing Voter Registration and Civic Engagement
Fall 2016 - Sigma Lambda Omega Chapter is committed to implementing effective approaches to increase voter engagement as well as registration, education, mobilization and overall participation. SLO's Voter Connections Committee has been diligently committed to increasing civic engagement in the community. In addition to hosting viewing debate gatherings, volunteering at the polls, and registering hundreds to vote, Sigma Lambda Omega Chapter partners with area organizations. In fall of 2016, SLO members attended a voter registration mock election with local candidates seeking judicial positions and engaged in dialogue just prior to attending and participating in National Voter Registration Day.
Likewise, SLO members utilize social media strategies to enhance voter outreach and annually attend, "AKA Day at the Capitol" to further address relevant issues facing local communities and issues presented in debates. Since the California Assembly Bill 1817, allows students to register prior to age eligibility, Sigma Lambda Omega Chapter recently registered an additional 320 people shortly before the 2016 presidential election. A very special thank you to our Voter Connections Chairman, Dr. Deborah Neal and her committee for continued hard work and dedication.
News: Sigma Lambda Omega Recognized by EAF
Summer 2016 - The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Educational Advancement Foundation, Incorporation recognized the Sigma Lambda Omega Chapter with the "Green Diamond Award" at the 67th Boule in Atlanta, GA in commemoration of SLO's $20,000.00 endowed scholarship fund. Sigma Lambda Omega is proud to have been the sixth out of 1,000+ chapters to endow it's scholarship fund and remains in a small majority of chapters to have realized this goal.
News: Sigma Lambda Omega Receives Distinguished EAF Regional Director's Award
Spring 2016 - Sigma Lambda Omega Chapter's EAF Captain and Committee Chairman, Lisa-Mone' LaMontagne received the Far Western Regional Director's Leadership Award at the EAF Breakfast held at the 87th Fantastic Far Western Regional Conference in
*Pictured - Alpha Kappa Alpha's International President, Dr. Dorothy Buckhanan-Wilson, SLO EAF Captain, Lisa-Mone' LaMontagne and Far Western Regional Director, Dr. Barbara Denson-Trotter.
Event: African-American Heritage Library Exhibit and Dramatic Performance
When: Saturday, February 4, 2017
Where: Northridge Branch Library
9051 Darby Avenue
Northridge, CA 91326
Join Sigma Lambda Omega Chapter as we view the charming library display and watch Actor, Arnold Weiss perform the exciting exploits of the African American Pioneer and Chief of the Crow Nation of Native Americans, James P. Beckwourth.