Ivy Rosettes Mentoring Program
Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter members are immensely proud of the "Ivy Rosettes," a motivational and enrichment focused mentoring program, exclusively designed for girls enrolled in senior high school. Participants of "Ivy Rosettes" must be presented by an active chapter member. In order for participants to benefit from the full four-year program, their participation in the entire chronological program progression, from freshman year to senior year is strongly recommended. Waivers may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
For approximately five decades, participants in the "Ivy Rosettes" program have been both direct and indirect beneficiaries of a curriculum which offers a vast cross-section of educational, cultural, social, humanitarian and altruistic activities, classes, workshops, special community projects and much more. An introduction to etiquette and other social amenities are also regular features of the curriculum. Throughout the implementation of this unique program, individual participants' academic and educational successes are encouraged and celebrated. Most notably, the program introduces opportunities for participants to explore college or other post-high school interests as well as opportunities to earn community service credits.
The annual culminating event for the "Ivy Rosettes" is a premiere social showcase, "Elegance in Pink and White." During this stellar black-tie event, freshmen, sophomore and junior level participants are introduced to a gracious and admiring audience of family, friends and community leaders. The crowning celebration, designed for the seniors, who are exclusively designated Les' Perles, (French for "The Pearl''), is an elegant, formal presentation, with a beautiful, vintage curtsy, from each participant.
With genuine gratitude for the support of a caring community, Gamma Zeta Omega Chapter members publicly share appreciation during this event by awarding numerous annual chapter scholarships to eligible participants.
Emerging Young Ladies (EYL) is a program for 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade girls who have potential for becoming leaders within their local communities. This program positively influences the lives of participants by providing leadership development, civic engagement, academic preparation, character building, and community service. The overall goal of EYL is to provide the tools to help develop life-long skills in the areas of advocacy, leadership, community service, financial literacy, science, technology, engineering, math, environmental sustainability, the arts and higher education.
Meetings are scheduled monthly and during the meetings, the girls are engaged in topics such as building self-esteem and study skills. During that time, workshops are also held for their parents. Thanks to the Women Involved In Service To Humanity (W.I.S.H.) Foundation, the Emerging Young Ladies participate in several activities and service projects annually.
The Ivy AKAdemy is a youth development program focused on social justice and the arts for young people ages Kindergarten to 12th grade. The AKAdemy sponsors the “Serious Matter Movie Series” which sponsors tickets to historically and culturally-relevant films at local theaters. The Ivy AKAdemy’s uses the foundational principles of KWANZAA - Umoja (Unity) To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race; Kujichagulia (Self- Determination); Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility); Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics); Nia (Purpose); Kuumba (Creativity); and Imani (Faith) as the pillars of its character development programming.