Since 1972, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority has enjoyed a partnership with the March of Dimes in an effort to encourage women to seek prenatal care within the first trimester of pregnancy, thereby increasing the prevention of birth defects and infant mortality. Nationwide, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. sponsors over 175 Stork's Nests. Last year, the Stork's Nest program served over 28,000 women.
The Stork's Nest Program is designed to promote prenatal care participation and healthy behaviors during the pregnancy through two components - incentives and education. Stork's Nest clients "earn" points toward incentives, such as maternity or baby care items, through a variety of positive, health-promoting activities such as attending prenatal care appointments, participating in prenatal education classes, keeping appointments for well-baby visits. The Stork's Nest prenatal education sessions provide information, educational materials, and a variety of other resources and referrals that help clients take good care of themselves and their babies.
In 1997, Zeta celebrated its 25th anniversary of collaboration with the March of Dimes. The program was updated to include a new national logo, new educational materials and new incentive items for those mothers participating in the program.
Members should contact both of the following sources for additional information to start a Stork's Nest program.
Z-HOPE - Zetas Helping Other People Excel
From the Sorority's inception, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. has long demonstrated an interest in serving the needs of the community. Spanning the Sorority's nearly thirty-year partnership with the March of Dimes to its relationship with the Human Genome Project, Zeta Phi Beta has been at the forefront of anticipating the ever-changing needs of society.
It is within this framework that International Grand Basileus Barbara C. Moore proudly introduces the new International Service Initiative for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.: Z-HOPE: Zetas Helping Other People Excel ™. "Since 1920, our national service programs have evolved to meet the critical societal needs of the time," said International Grand Basileus Moore. "This administration has identified some key areas of concern as part of our programmatic thrust, and all of our efforts will be consolidated under the banner of Z-HOPE."
What are the objectives of Z-HOPE?
Z-HOPE is an outreach service program that has six primary objectives, corresponding measures of success and a mechanism for chapter recognition. The primary objectives are:
- To provide culturally appropriate informational activities according to the Z-HOPE program format
- To foster collaborative partnerships between community organizations with shared goals
- To promote the opportunities for expansion in Stork's Nest programs
- To facilitate community service and mentorship opportunities for members of the organization
- To provide an equitable chapter recognition program for community services rendered
- To provide a standard reporting format to concentrate efforts and demonstrate the organization's impact
Who are the National Z-HOPE committee members?
International Grand Basileus Barbara C. Moore assembled a "dream-team" of the Sorority's leading health providers and educators to design the extremely navigable Z-HOPE service initiative. Committee members include:
Soror Dr. Constance S. Hendricks, Chair
Soror Dr. Lucy Perez, Co-chair
- Z-HOPE for Women Soror Dr. Constance S. Hendricks (Baton Rouge, LA-Mu Zeta)
- Z-HOPE for Youth Soror Dr. Gloria S. McCutcheon (Charleston, SC-Gamma Zeta)
- Z-HOPE for Seniors Soror Theresa Dixon (Detroit, MI-Beta Omicron Zeta)
- Z-HOPE for Men Soror Darneta G. Brown (Knoxville, TN-Nu Zeta)
- Z-HOPE for International Women Soror Mary Singletary (Montclair, NJ-Zeta Delta Zeta)
- Overall Health & Wellness Soror Karen S. Gipson (Chicago, IL-Zeta Tau Zeta)
- Overall Community Partnership Development Soror Ella Nelson (El Paso, TX-Delta Mu Zeta)
ZOL - Zeta Organizational Leadership Program
What is ZOL?
The Zeta Organizational Leadership Program is a future-focused, nationally structured, intense leadership training certification program and a blue print for leadership development and enhancement. It was developed by a think tank of talented members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, who are experts in their respective fields and are from diverse backgrounds. The overarching goal of the ZOL. program is to provide members of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority with the essential knowledge and skills to be exceptional leaders. The target audiences for this program include, but are not limited to:
- Members aspiring to be national elected officers
- Members interested in being appointed regional and/or state directors
- Local chapter officers -- undergraduate and graduate
- Elected regional and state officers
- Advisors to undergraduate chapters
- Sponsors and coordinators of Zeta Amicae Auxiliaries
- Advisors to Youth Affiliates
- Members aspiring to be leaders
What is Leadership Certification?
ZOL Leadership Certification is one of the ZOL program components. It is a method to prepare candidates for national elected office, and appointed regional and state directors (and those interested in serving in this capacity) to assume effective leadership roles through the practice of specific behaviors that enhance leadership performance. Completion of this certification curriculum means the member is expected to perform at a high level of leadership competency and exemplify leadership behaviors.