National Programs and Community Initiatives

Project Reassurance

As the signature international program for Sigma Gamma Rho, Project Reassurance was originally developed to provide health education, support and nurturing for expectant teen mothers and teens who are parents. The project has now evolved to focus more on Healthy Choices, Healthy Living and Healthy Generations (H3) to help reduce teen pregnancy through a comprehensive year round program addressing the factors that lead to teen pregnancy - low self-esteem, diet and economic issues - while also providing support and guidance when it does occur.

Hattie McDaniel Breast Care Awareness

Sigma Gamma Rho is committed to providing education on active support of early detection as well as research for the prevention and cure of breast, prostate, ovarian, colon and other types of cancers.  We highlight this project in various ways in October as we honor our soror and actress, the late Hattie McDaniel, who died from breast cancer.

March for Babies

Sigma Gamma Rho is a national March for Babies team, in support of our partner, the March of Dimes.  We help babies by raising funds which can be used to sponsor research, medical services and support to families with premature births. March for Babies was started as apart of the sororities signature project - Project Reassurance under the H3 - "it's All About Me" component Healthy Generations.   Members of the sorority and it's affiliates  across the country March for Babies in walk-a-thons every year in the spring. 

Operation Big Book Bag

 Operation Big Book Bag was established in 1996 partnership with the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order, Nobles Mystic Shrine, Inc. (Shriners). The goal was to provide access, tools and mentorship for school age children. Access can be provided through many forms such as educational tutorial websites, computers, iPads, laptops, software, flashcards, learning games, and reference materials. Tools can include basic school supplies such as pencils, paper, pens, rulers, calculators, notebooks and student planners to support the students with their coursework. Finally, mentorship includes mentoring and tutoring with students who need just a little more support personally, socially or academically.

Project Cradle Care

Project CRADLE Care seeks to improve pregnancy outcomes in high-risk communities by increasing the number of women of childbearing age who receive adequate prenatal education and prenatal care and who better understand proper infant care and child development. This annual event takes place every third Saturday in January in conjunction with National Birth Defects Awareness Month.

Women's Wellness Initiative

Women’s Wellness Initiative is geared toward creating steps to make long term commitments toward wellness and well-being. We seek to provide relevant information and education on issues such as mental health, domestic and intimate partner abuse, stress management, and much more.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Campaign

Sigma Gamma Rho has partnered with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to support its lifesaving mission of finding cures and saving children. Together, we won't stop until childhood cancer, sickle cell and other deadly diseases are eliminated. In partnering with St. Jude, we are able to assist in providing support so that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food — because all a family should worry about at a time like this, is helping their child to live.  Members, affiliates and friends from across the country are invited to join us in the fight against pediatric cancer and sickle cell disease by raising money through the 2016 St. Jude Walk/ Run to End Childhood Cancer.

Swim 1922

SWIM 1922 is a partnership with Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and USA Swim. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority member and Olympic Gold Medal Winner Maritza McClendon is the National Spokesperson for the partnership. Sigma Gamma Rho in conjunction with USA Swim has provided swim clinics in various cities throughout the USA. Chapters may help promote SWIM 1922 in their local communities by providing Swim Clinics or partnering with a local agency to help provide Swim Lessons.

Youth Symposium

The Sigma Youth Symposium is designed to highlight some of the prevalent concerns that negatively impact our youth: drugs, teen violence, abuse, low self-esteem, suicide, teen pregnancy, etc. Held on the second Saturday of March by Alumnae Chapters nationwide, as a unified effort to support our youth, simultaneous Sigma Youth Symposiums address issues that affect teens today.

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