The Peace Corps and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated (AKA) signed a memorandum of understanding at Peace Corps Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to increase the number of service opportunities for more Americans. The agreement was signed between Peace Corps Deputy Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet (Returned Peace Corps volunteer, Western Samoa, 1981-1983) and AKA’s International President Carolyn House Stewart.
“This memorandum of understanding is consistent with Alpha Kappa Alpha’s 104 year record of promoting volunteerism and peace,” said International President Stewart.
Under the new partnership, Peace Corps will work with Alpha Kappa Alpha to improve awareness of the Peace Corps and its mission among AKA’s members, staff, and alumna.
“AKA provided me the opportunity to work with sorority members to create a program that provided opportunities for professional women to share their lives, talents and careers with at-risk teen girls as mentors,” said LaVera Butler, a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Uganda, 2008-2010) and AKA member. “When I joined the Peace Corps, serving as an NGO Advisor, I found that I was able to make use of what I learned from designing the AKA mentoring program in my work with my host organization.”