MAKING HISTORY: THE EMERGING YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAM
By Diane Pajaud
It’s a first for the Delta Iota Omega Chapter: the first group of EYLs – the 2011-2012 academic year; the first graduating class – seven young ladies who make up the class of 2012; and the first graduation day – August 26, 2012, themed “Growing Leaders, Not Just Graduates: Girls Working Today to Shape Their Destiny for Tomorrow.”
Emerging Young Leaders (EYL) is the 2010-2014 signature program of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated® and was created by current International President Carolyn House Stewart under her presidential theme, “Global Leadership Through Timeless Service.”
The objective of the EYL program is to help alleviate problems concerning young women leaders and girls, as they improve social stature and help maintain progressive interest in college life and prepare to be of “service to all mankind,” which is the sorority’s mission.
Based in Pensacola, Florida, the sorority’s Delta Iota Omega Chapter launched its EYL program during the summer of 2011, under the leadership of past President Dr. Angela McCorvey. Sorority member Dr. Joyce Hopson served as program chair and initiated program activities. Nearly 30 girls, ranging from sixth to eighth grades, along with their parents and mentors, met at Pensacola State College for an interest meeting on
June 28, 2011.
“I really love being in this group for so many reasons,” said Kendall Boyce a 2014 EYL participant.