Twenty six years after the founding of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, 14 women from 9 different communities in Essex and Union counties came together to form Beta Alpha Omega Chapter. Chartered in Newark, New Jersey on January 30, 1934, she became the first chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha in our state. In 1947, Beta Alpha Omega sponsored Gamma Zeta Chapter which was the first undergraduate chapter chartered in New Jersey.
For 80 years, the women of Beta Alpha Omega chapter have worked together in sisterly love to fulfill the goals of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Dedicated to community service, the chapter has been awarding scholarships for the last 50 years. Since 2003, it has provided more than $152,000 in scholarships to 118 college-bound women from high schools in Newark, Irvington and Hillside.
BAΩ has implemented economic literacy programs like Economic Success For Pupils and Kid$ in Bi$ and participated annually in the Breast Cancer Walk. In 2009, we celebrated our 75th Anniversary by publishing our chapter’s history in a book entitled Our Calling To Fulfill, The Journey Continues.
Striving to fulfill the Global Leadership Through Timeless Service program initiatives, Beta Alpha Omega has formed a partnership with the Polaris Project which is fighting to bring an end to human trafficking.
We have worked with battered women, supported local health fairs, donated to Heifer International and established the Stride Right: Walking & Running Club. We are conducting the Emerging Young Leaders Initiative at the Hillside Middle School.