TURNER STATION — A sorority took over Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center this week as it became the chosen venue for the Alpha Kappa Alpha Upsilon Epsilon Omega Chapter (AKAUEO) to host The Level Up Experience Conference, #Cap Kickoff Session, and Free Community Shred Day for the first time.
Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. was founded in 1908 at Howard University. The Upsilon Epsilon Omega Baltimore County Chapter was established in June of 1994.
“We are celebrating 25 years of service to the Baltimore County community,” AKAUEO president Ronicsa Chambers said
The Level Up Experience Conference allows women to not only learn about health and wellness, but to “walk away with something they can do that day," Roslyn Kelly, AKAUEO women’s healthcare and wellness coordinator said.
“Instead of just giving out information, we wanted to host an event where people could walk away with information they can utilize as soon as they walk out the door."
“We know, as women, we do the most and we can’t pour from an empty cup, so we wanted to provide women with real concrete information that they can use,” Chambers said.
After doing research, AKAUEO was able to pinpoint specific health struggles that affect the Baltimore County community so they could bring in professionals for a “more impactful event.”
At the event, there were cooking demonstrations, lessons on how to understand nutrition facts, financial guidance, methods on protecting loved ones from sexual assault and domestic violence, and physician education forums.
Instead of taking her annual birthday trip with her mother, Dr. Katina Miles of Skin Oasis Dermatology choose to attended the conference to educate attendees on hair loss “because its an epidemic in the African-American community.
“I just want to talk about it to prevent it and if you suffer from hair loss, how to attack it and how to treat it. A lot of times, African-American women will just go to hairdresser and ignore it and the hair loss becomes more severe. I wanted to teach, if you’re noticing hair loss, to get it treated immediately,” Miles said.
Experiencing hair loss herself, Miles knows how “emotional and devastating it is.”
“I don’t want people to go through what I’ve been through,” she said.
Baltimore County students that are in their senior or junior year of high school, who are college-bound or thinking about attending college, were given the opportunity to fill out college applications and obtain financial aid guidance at the #Cap Kickoff.
The AKAUEO operate out of two high schools, one in eastern Baltimore County and one in western Baltimore County, for college prep and assistance.
“We operate out of Perry Hall High School, and Owings Mills High School, it used to be Randallstown High School but that recently changed,” Chambers said.
Morgan State University, Bowie State University, and CCBC representatives were at the event assisting high schoolers with the college admission process.
The Free Community Shred Day allows community members to bring any unwanted documents to be shred on site, to ensure personal information is actually destroyed.
AKAUEO choose Turner Station because “a lot of time Turner's gets overlooked and we wanted to make sure that we are present here.“
“We specifically choose this location because it’s an awesome facility and because they were very welcoming. We knew we would have an impact,” Chamber said.