KNS is “Going for the G.O.L.D!” (Growing, Outstanding, through Leadership, Development.)
By Jason Lewis
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc, Kappa Nu Sigma Chapter, is one of the youngest Greek chapters in the Los Angeles area, and they have been one of the most active.
Chartered on October 13, 2007, in the San Fernando Valley, they have already been named Western Region Alumnae Chapter of the Year, and they have been recognized for their outstanding chapter programs.
Kappa Nu Sigma participates in all of the sorority’s national programs.
The chapter has partnered with Mother’s in Action for Operation Big Book Bag, which ensures that underprivileged students have school supplies. The ladies of the chapter gave a workshop on study habits and the importance of perusing a higher education after high school at the back to school event.
Part of the workshop focused on car seat safety. Buckle up America, which encourages families to wear seatbelts, is one of the sorority’s national programs.
Other national programs that the chapter participates in are the Mwanamugimu Essay contest, which teaches children about African culture and history; Project Weesavers, which teaches children the value of money by showing them how to write a check, and familiarizing them with a bank book; Project Reassurance, where they talk to foster home children about safe sex, teen pregnancy, and STDs; the Hattie McDaniel Cancer Awareness and Health Program, which they do by participating in the Revlon walk for cancer; and the National Marrow Donor Program, where they send in a yearly donation.
The chapter participated in Mother’s in Action Thanks Giving giveaway at Ward Ville, where they helped prepare meals for residents.
Kappa Nu Sigma works a lot, but they also mix in social events.
On March 13, their annual Comedy for Young Scholars event will be held at the Comedy Union on Pico, off of La Brea, and they host Royal Dads, where they recognize fathers on Father’s Day.
The chapter has allowed its members to be active in their community.
“It’s been another vehicle for me to do what I have always done, which is community organizing, advocacy, and addressing the type of social needs that my community needs,” Oteka Macklin said.
The San Fernando Valley was an ideal place to charter this chapter.
“There is a Los Angeles grad chapter, an Inglewood grad chapter, and a Culver City grad chapter,” Macklin said. “The San Fernando Valley was this large area that was not yet touched by our organization. The valley is a really diverse community. We have served a multicultural and multiethnic community. Picking that as a spot to charter a chapter, we defiantly service a number of groups. We’re a young chapter, and we’re still exploring ways to identify pocket areas where there are concentrated members of the African American community.”
Kappa Nu Sigma has 19 members, and the chapter continues to grow. They have put in a lot of work in the community in less than 3 1/2 years. As time goes on this chapter will continue to find ways to service the greater Los Angeles areas.
For more information about Kappa Nu Sigma, and to purchase tickets to their Comedy for Young Scholars events, contact them at (818) 973 2273, www.sgrkns1922.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org