From its inception, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has long demonstrated an interest in serving the needs of the community. Spanning the Sorority's nearly forty-one-year partnership with the March of Dimes to its relationship with the Human Genome Project, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority has been at the forefront of anticipating the ever-changing needs of society. Since 1920, our national service programs have evolved to meet the critical societal needs of the time. Zeta Phi Beta Sorority has identified some key areas of concern as part of our programmatic thrust, and all of our efforts will be consolidated under the banner of Z-HOPE: Zetas Helping Other People Excel ™.
As an International Service Initiative, ZHOPE is designed to provide culturally appropriate informational activities, foster collaborative partnerships between community organizations, and facilitate community service and mentorship opportunities. Z-HOPE programs focus on women, men, youth, senior citizens, and international women.
Z-HOPE is an outreach service program that has six primary objectives, corresponding measures of success and a mechanism for chapter recognition. The primary objectives are:
• To provide culturally appropriate informational activities according to the Z-HOPE program format
• To foster collaborative partnerships between community organizations with shared goals
• To promote the opportunities for expansion in Stork's Nest programs
• To facilitate community service and mentorship opportunities for members of the organization
• To provide an equitable chapter recognition program for community services rendered
The Adopt-A-School program is an effective, grassroots partnership between education and the Sorority throughout the nation. The successful partnership program proves that volunteers and our school systems can work cooperatively to make a positive impact in our community. The purpose of the program is to utilize the vast amounts of resources and talents of the Sorority to strengthen, enhance and enrich the quality of education in our school systems. Adopt-A-School is the commitment of time, energy, and expertise of a member(s) to an individual school.
The Nation’s Report Card™ informs the public about the academic achievement of elementary and secondary students in the United States. Report cards communicate the findings of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), a continuing and nationally representative measure of achievement in various subjects over time. When comparing 2004 to 2008, average mathematics scores were higher in 2008 for White students at age 9. There were no significant changes in scores for 9, 13, 17 year old Black and Hispanic students or for 13 and 17 year old White students; suggesting advancements in closing the scoring gaps of Black and White 17 year olds were not made between 2004 - 2008. In comparison to 2004, average reading scores were higher in 2008 for White students at all three ages, for Black students at ages 9 and 13, and for Hispanic students at age 9. While Black students have made gains in the past 30 years, they are still scoring lower than their White counterparts across the board.
We need to encourage our students to engage in rigorous academic programs, advanced courses and find ways to peak their desire and curiosity about mathematics. Achievement gap refers to the observed and persistent disparity on a number of educational measures between the performance of groups of students, especially groups defined by gender, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
- improve academic performance by enriching the curriculum experience
- have a heighten motivation for learning to increase graduation rate
- increase class grades while decreasing tardiness and absenteeism
- increase standardized test scores through tutoring and test preparation workshops
- increase parent and family involvement t by enhancing engagement
Elder Care & Elder Abuse Awareness Initiative
Our population is aging; more women are at work; baby boomers are working past retirement; others are re-entering the workforce in their 50s, 60s, 70s and many adults with disabilities are seeking ways to enhance their personal and financial independence. Medical advances, better health habits and behaviors are extending our lives; hospital stays are shorter; families are smaller and our society is more mobile.
The Problem: fewer family members at home to help needy relatives who want to remain at home and in the community and little to no advance planning as to how this can be accomplished.
The Need: a long-term health care system that provides a wide spectrum of care settings, multiple agencies and providers within our health care spectrum that do not collaborate or coordinate services for seniors or disabled adults, rendering the system of long-term support and services fragmented, duplicative and complex.
Z-HOPE Care Initiative includes:
Community and Agency Awareness (committed to consumer person-centered values and principles)
- Highlight common processes and shared responsibilities;
- Embrace efforts to resolve service challenges;
- Support opportunities for comprehensive, coordinated service delivery;
- Support options counseling, benefits counseling, referral support
Education and Readiness
- Public awareness, education and outreach (flyers, public forums, TV and radio shows);
- Ensure consumer involvement in protection against elders abuse, fraud and neglect;
- Assistance in advance planning and better preparation for "the eldercare journey."
- Sponsor legal and financial workshops and seminars to educate seniors on strategies for planning for long-term care.
Nationwide, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. sponsors over 175 Stork's Nests. Last year, the Stork's Nest program served over 28,000 women.
The Stork's Nest Program is designed to promote prenatal care participation and healthy behaviors during the pregnancy through two components - incentives and education. Stork's Nest clients "earn" points toward incentives, such as maternity or baby care items, through a variety of positive, health-promoting activities such as attending prenatal care appointments, participating in prenatal education classes, keeping appointments for well-baby visits. The Stork's Nest prenatal education sessions provide information, educational materials, and a variety of other resources and referrals that help clients take good care of themselves and their babies.
Stork's Nest Program Objectives:
- To provide incentives for expectant mothers to obtain early and regular prenatal care.
- To provide clothing and nursery items for pregnant women who use community health services.
- To provide educational opportunities for pregnant women to help them make informed choices and decisions relating to parenting, nutrition, and health.
- To provide information and referral to community resources to enhance the physical and emotional well-being of mothers and their families.