Greater Service, Greater Progress
Our Signature Programs
Operation Big Bookbag is an International Project in which Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority chapters provide under-served students, schools and after-school programs with bookbags and many other needed school items. This program provides financial relief for families and teachers, while ensuring that children have what they need for school success. Since its charter, the Iota Kappa Sigma Chapter has fundraised for and provided thousands of dollars worth of bookbags and school supplies across Brevard.
Sigma Gamma Rho's signature Youth Symposium is an annual day-conference designed to highlight some of the prevalent concerns that negatively impact youth in order to encourage positive choices. It is held every year in March by Alumnae Chapters. The Iota Kappa Sigma chapter has hosted this event in many locations, including the D.O.C.K., the Turnquest center and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida.
Project Cradle Care is a prenatal education and resource program that seeks to improve pregnancy outcomes in high-risk communities by increasing the number of women of childbearing age who receive adequate prenatal education and care, in order to help ensure a healthy pregnancy and infancy outcomes. This community-based collaboration includes hospitals, managed care organizations and mmunity-based prenatal care providers.
Buds of Spring
The Iota Kappa Sigma Alumnae chapter executes a Buds of Spring "RHOmania." (large event for the purpose of scholarship.) It is a mentoring program that helps high school youth learn cruicial life lessons. It culminates in a celebratory cotillion where scholarships are awarded.
In a partnership with USA Swimming, Sigma Gamma Rho has made groundbreaking efforts to increase swimming skills and decrease drowning rates in the community, particularly with a focus on the African-American community who is disproportionately at risk for drowning accidents. The Brevard County Alumnae Chapter sponsors programs to provide complementary swim lessons to children and adults.
The sorority's signature Golden Alert program seeks to engage the community in civic awareness and action. Some activities that the Brevard County Alumnae chapter has engaged in has been voter registration drives, candidate forums and civic education workshops for youth.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority member Hattie McDaniel, the first African-American woman to win an academy award. was taken too soon due to breast cancer. In October of every year - her birthday month and National Breast Cancer Awareness Month - the sorority honors her by fundraising for breast cancer research and educating about prevention and early detection.
In this program, the sorority executes programs that help to eliminate problems that negatively affect women's health - ex. heart disease, mental health problems, domestic abuse. The Iota Kappa Sigma Alumnae chapter often assists Melbourne's Genesis House in these efforts.
The Heart of Blue and Gold, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The chapter works in partnership with this organization in many of its service projects.