National BLSA & Local Chapter Initiatives


2012 Programming

Community Service Week
Local chapters are asked to plan a week of community service. Chapters should try to integrate the concerns of their communities with at least one of the national or regional initiatives. The National Community Service Week should consist of at least three events and be held during the month of October.

Founder's Day of Service
In honor of our visionary founder, Algernon Johnson ("AJ") Cooper, all chapters should host an event on the last Saturday of October; this can be done in conjunction with the National Community Service Week. The goal is for 100% participation of chapter members and will promote the focus of BLSA in serving the community.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day of Service
The MLK Day of Service provides students with the opportunity to honor the memory and legacy of Dr. King by serving the community. Should a local chapter choose to plan a larger-scale project, the Corporation for National and Community Service provides funding for non-profit groups who are organizing and implementing a King Day service project.

Innocence Project Week
All chapters should host an Innocence Project event in your community to include awareness and/or fundraising events. The goal of this week is to increase awareness and promote volunteerism at local schools and community.

Youth Empowerment | Adopt-a-Class
Chapters are encouraged to partner with high schools in their community throughout the year and adopt classes containing seniors and juniors. Chapters should present lesson plans introducing students to the political process and voter's rights issues to include showing them how to register to vote. The goal is to impact as many students as possible and empower them to vote.

Brandy Jones
Mid-West Region Director of Community Service

(information from NBLSA site @