National Programs & Initiatives
Z-HOPE (Zetas Helping Other People Excel) is the National Service Initiative for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. The purpose of Z-HOPE is to create an interactive holistic multidisciplinary outreach program designed to enhance, cultivate and empower participants to develop health promoting lifestyle choices across the lifespan. Z-HOPE promotes community collaboration whereby Zeta chapters are encouraged to collaborate with existing community organizations and resources to provide optimal quality programs that provide maximum impact. Program areas are designed for specific population groups (Women, youth, seniors, etc.) and address the whole person (mind, body, and spirit).
ELDER CARE INITIATIVE
Elder Care Initiative strives to provide education and awareness about preparing for your senior years. The African American community is least prepared when it comes to retirement, estate planning and understanding the legal and financial preparation needed to care for parents, grandparents and ultimately, for our own long term care. It is a comprehensive program that also focuses on elder abuse awareness, financial peace, supporting the caregiver and volunteering at senior care facilities.
Stork’s Nest is a 40-year-old partnership between Zeta Phi Beta and March of Dimes. Stork’s Nest is a community-based, prenatal, health promotion program for low-income pregnant women. The program is designed to promote prenatal care participation and healthy behaviors during 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; attending prenatal care appointments, participating in prenatal education classes, keeping appointments for well-baby visits,, etc. Thousands of women are serviced at Stork’s Nest all over the country every year.
MARCH OF DIMES - PREMATURITY AWARENESS SUNDAYS
Prematurity Awareness Sundays occur every year in the month of November.
More than 300 churches across the country are sites for distributing information on prematurity awareness, causes of prematurity and the importance of seeking prenatal care in an effort to decrease infant mortality and decrease the number of low birth weight babies. In 2012 more than 80,000 people were reached.
ADOPT A SCHOOL PROGRAM
Adopt-A-School allows members of Zeta Phi Beta to identify low performing schools and provide assistance in a number of ways to enhance the educational experience, increase test scores and grades. Members purchase supplies and/or equipment, provide volunteer hours, assist with parent engagement programs and work with administrators to identify needs that may be specific to that particular school.
WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COLOR
TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER
Triple Negative Breast Cancer -While triple negative breast cancer can be found in any ethnicity, breast cancers found in African American women are more likely to be triple negative. This form of breast cancer is more aggressive and often labeled more difficult to treat. It has also been found to occur disproportionately in young African American women. Zeta chapters have begun adding information about triple negative breast cancer to existing projects and programs on breast cancer to build awareness and support efforts of health care professionals and organizations recommending earlier breast health testing.
Source: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. National Website