Zeta Phi Beta

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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."

Stork's Nest

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 150 Stork's Nests. Last year, The Stork's Nest program served over 15,000 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.

National Education Foundation

The National Educational Foundation of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc with 501 3 status is created and operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The principle activities and purpose of the trust are to award scholarship grants to worthy students for the pursuit of higher education; to conduct community educational programs which will aid in the educational and vocational improvement in individual and community living standards; to engage in activities which will aid in the educational development of all women; and to engage in any appropriate research related to the purposes of the Foundation scholarship. For information on how to apply for scholarships and grants through Zeta Phi Beta Sorority's National Educational Foundation, please visit www.ZPhiBNEF.org.

Human Genome Project

Begun formally in 1990 as the Human Genome Project is a 13 year effort coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health to (1) identify all of the approximate 30,000 genes in human DNA; (2) Determine the sequences of the 3 billion chemical base pairs that make up human DNA; (3) store this information in databases; (4) improve tools for data analysis; (5) transfer related technologies to all sectors; (6) address the ethical, legal, and social issues (ELSI) that may arise from the project; (7) to train scientists who will be able to use the tools and resources developed through the HGP to improve health (8) provide internships in order to encourage minority students to pursue the sciences, biotechnology, and scientific research.

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