Originally designed to promote the study of Negro life and history.Achievement Week is observed in November of each year and isdesigned to seek out and give due recognition to those individualsat the local and international levels who have made a noteworthycontribution toward improving the quality of life for blackAmericans. A High School Essay Contest is to be held in conjunctionwith Achievement Week. This contest is open to all college-boundhigh school seniors. College scholarships are awarded to thewinners, each of whom must submit an essay on a theme/topic chosenby the fraternity. This contest is a phase of the InternationalAchievement Week observance.
The Scholarship Program is intended to promote academic excellenceamong the undergraduate members. Graduate chapters are expected toprovide financial assistance to student members and non-members. Aportion of the fraternity’s international budget is allocated toscholarships through the Charles R. Drew ScholarshipCommission.
SOCIAL ACTION PROGRAMS
All levels of the fraternity are expected to facilitate,participate and coordinate activities that will uplift theircommunities. An international committee will coordinate themultifaceted programs of the various chapters. Some of theactivities under the umbrella of social action include, but are notlimited to: voter registration, education and “getting out thevote”; Assault on Illiteracy; Habitat for Humanity; volunteeringtime to charities and less fortunate individuals; mentoring; andparticipation in fundraisers for charities such as AmericanDiabetes Association, United Way, Sickle Cell Anemia, etc.
TALENT HUNT PROGRAM
This program provides exposure, encouragement and financialassistance to talented young people participating in the PerformingArts. Winners of the competition are awarded recognition for theirtalents. Awards may include college scholarships.
March 12th of each year has been established as Memorial Day.Chapters are expected to conduct an appropriate service to recallthe memory of those members who have entered into OmegaChapter.
RECLAMATION AND RETENTION
A concerted effort at the international, district and local levelsto retain active brothers and return inactive brothers to fullparticipatory status so that they may enjoy the full benefits ofOmega.
COLLEGE ENDOWMENT FUND
Each year the fraternity gives at least $50,000.00 to HistoricallyBlack College Institutions (HBCU) in furtherance of Omega’scommitment to provide philanthropic support. Chapters are assesseddonations based on chapter size.
All levels of the fraternity are expected to facilitate,participate and/or coordinate activities that will uplift theircommunities by promoting good health practices. An internationalcommittee will coordinate and facilitate multifaceted programs ofthe various chapters, districts, etc. It is anticipated that alllocal chapters will execute the health directives at the locallevel. Some of the programs under the umbrella of HealthInitiatives are the Charles Drew Blood Drive (normally held inJune), AIDS/HIV Awareness, and the American Diabetes AssociationPartnership. This does not prevent the local chapters fromperforming additional health initiatives under the umbrella of theHealth Initiatives mandate.
VOTER REGISTRATION, EDUCATION AND MOBILIZATION
All levels of the fraternity are expected to facilitate,participate and/or coordinate activities that will uplift theircommunities through the power of the vote. An internationalcommittee will coordinate and facilitate multifaceted programs ofthe various chapters, districts, etc. It is anticipated that alllocal chapters will execute the directives at the local level. Thisdoes not prevent the local chapters from performing additionalvoter initiatives under the umbrella of the Voter Education,Registration and Mobilization mandate.
Every district and chapter of the fraternity is required tomaintain a Life Membership at Large in the NAACP. In the event thata chapter or district is not a life member of the NAACP, it mustmaintain a yearly membership to be in Good Standing with thefraternity. Furthermore, all members of the fraternity are stronglyencouraged to become members of the NAACP. (Chapters are requiredto administer these programs annually.)