ascend_logoASCEND℠, Alpha Kappa Alpha’s  FREE signature youth enrichment program is designed to motivate, engage, and assist high school students in reaching their maximum potential in their journey to college or vocational employment.

Students in the ASCEND program have an opportunity to receive academic enrichment and life skills training to support their journey to college or vocational employment. Students spend a minimum of 3 hours per month participating in ASCEND activities.

We invite students 9 – 12 to apply for the ASCEND program. There are 4 cycles of the program. Applications are accepted for each year based on the following schedule:

To apply for the ASCEND program, mail all of the following documents together:
1) The completed application
2) GPA verification from your guidance counselor
3) Letter of reference from a teacher, counselor, or school administrator

Complete applications should be mailed to the following address:

Beta Alpha Omega Chapter
c/o ASCEND program
P.O. Box 2069
Newark, NJ 07114

If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact the Beta Alpha Omega Chapter ASCEND program co-chairpersons:  Ms. Devvon Crawford at

Download application here -> ASCEND-Application-1