In support of our national program to assist youth in identifying and developing leadership potential and skills, Theta Lambda Omega began TLO Teens. Our national program included the developing of and increasing self-awareness, self-esteem, community service and career knowledge among the youth.
The first teen group was established in 1981 with Carrol Thomas as President. It was first known as the TLO Teens. The name was later changed to AKA Teens. The group consisted of eight to twelve girls, ninth through twelfth grades. The Teens first elected president was JoAnn Few and the first vice president was Felicia Adams. Carrie Adams was the first Chairperson; Mai D. Hendricks and Patricia Sylvain were Co-Chairpersons.
AKA Teens have had a wide variety of activities through the years that includes community work and social activities.
Some of those include:
- Charles H. Wright African American Museum
- Focus Hope: Supplementary Food Program
- Focus Hope: Career Training Program
- Orchard Lake Nursing Home
- Gleaners Food Bank
- Homeless Feedings
- Lighthouse of Oakland County Hunger Walk
- Toiletry donations to local churches and organizations
- Angel Tree giving to children with incarcerated parents
- Habitat for Humanity volunteering
- AKA Youth and Financial Literacy seminars on money management
AKA Teen Chairmen through the years
Anna Smith, Carrie Adams, Shirley Spruill, Pauline George, Stephanie Edwards, Darlene Petway, Shawanna Fletcher, Angela L. Davis, Toiann Burns, Pamela Fladger, Ginelle Bates, Carol Ellis and Esterlene Dukes.
The TLO AKA Teen program continues to be a thriving program that prides itself on excellence in developing, nurturing and educating the youth of Pontiac and throughout Oakland County.