Through the years, Theta Epsilon Omega remains steadfast in its efforts to uphold the creed - to render service to all mankind - by successfully sponsoring meaningful service programs for the Greater New Haven community.
Here are just some of the programs Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter has sponsored over the years, including those that are current under the new program theme, Launching New Dimensions of Service.
A.S.C.E.N.D.SM Youth Enrichment Program
The ASCENDSM Program is the sorority's signature youth enrichment program. Under Target I - Educational Enrichment, the program is designed to motivate, engage and assist high school students in reaching their maximum potential. Young women in the ASCENDSM Program will have the opportunity to participate in meaningful workshops and activities that support Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking and Development Skills. They will also engage in academic enrichment and life skills training to support their journey to college or vocational employment.
Each year, Theta Epsilon Omega gives substantially towards scholarships, book awards, and other educational services through the United Negro College Fund, the Dr. Susan M. Lincoln Nursing Scholarship at Gateway Community College, the Emma Ruff Short Story Contest at James Hillhouse High School, the Ivy AKAdemy at Wexler-Grant Community School, and the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Conference.
Also, each year, Theta Epsilon Omega awards its own four-year scholarship, totaling up to $4,000 per student, to high school graduates. Scholarship applications are available by February of each year. Click here to read more about the chapter's scholarship program.
To further support education, the chapter is involved in the AKA One Million BackpacksSM initiative. Chapter members donate school supplies, such as pens, pencils, erasers, and paper, and fill brand new backpacks that are distributed to children in the community giving them the tools they need to be confident to succeed at school.
Theta Epsilon Omega attributes its first-rate health programs to the numerous chapter members in health services professions. The Health Committee provides various health and emotional wellness programs for the community.
In 2005, Theta Epsilon Omega initiated the TEO-SPIRIT Health Initiative through a three-year Health Disparity Grant in the amount of $75,000 funded by the Connecticut Health Foundation. This initiative explored health disparities among professional women of color and designed programs to address the unique needs of this community. Though the funding ended in 2008, TEO-SPIRIT Health Initiative had a tremendous impact on the members of Theta Epsilon Omega and the Greater New Haven Community.
Through the Healthy Diva Challenge, which was initiated by the TEO-SPIRIT Health Initiative, we lost pounds and inches, gained muscle, changed food choices, walked thousands of miles, lowered blood pressures, and diabetes became more manageable. In addition to our physical health, we addressed our mental health and we are more insightful of the connection between exercise, food and our mental well-being. We documented the positive changes in our attitudes and behaviors regarding health and fitness. We also collaborated with many community and business partners like Balance Fitness Center for Women, Uzima Wellness Center, The New Haven Public Schools, Dixwell-Yale University Learning Center, and Dr. Ian Smith and "The 50 Million Pound Challenge."
In 2007, Theta Epsilon Omega launched Ivy Finance AKAdemy as a strategy to improve the financial literacy and education of the community. Partnerships with various institutions such as People's United Bank and McCarter & English LLC brought subject matter experts to a series of workshops such as Estate Planning, Retirement Planning and Investments, Home Buyer Seminar, and Youth Financial Literacy.
Theta Epsilon Omega is a nonpartisan organization, but individual members have actively participated in politics on all levels of government. Each year, the chapter participates in AKA Day at the Capitol, various letter writing campaigns, a robust voter registration drive campaign, and various voter education workshops.
Theta Epsilon Omega engages in numerous activities to uplift families. On an annual basis, the chapter partners with Easter Seals Goodwill and the New Haven Firebirds in a coat drive to donate warm hats, scarves and gloves to over 600 members of the Greater New Haven community in need. Also, the chapter delivers food and other necessary items during the Easter and Christmas seasons and participates in a National Family Volunteer Day community service project.
We honor and spend time with our seasoned saints at senior residences in New Haven with fun activities such as BINGO. Young men are reached through the former Male Mentoring Program, which featured workshops in basic manners, dining etiquette, how to tie a necktie, and an annual conference, Building and Empowering Powerful Men.
Theta Epsilon Omega Monetary Donations
Here are some of the organizations we proudly support:
The Connecticut Food Bank
American Cancer Society
Wexler-Grant Community School
Children in Placement
Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Emergency Shelter Management Services
Keeping the needs of our community in mind, each year, we carefully plan our program calendar. Yet, we always take time to renew ourselves and re-energize our commitment to our sorority with regular sisterly activities that include an annual Retreat, Sunday worship, walking clubs, book clubs and game nights. We attribute much of our chapter's growth in numbers over the years to our ability to balance serving others and ourselves.