District 20 - American Hellenic Eduacational Progressive Association (AHEPA)
The mission of the AHEPA Family is to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence.
An important component of AHEPA's mission is to create an awareness of the principles of Hellenism to society. These principles include a commitment to humanity, freedom, and democracy. The preservation and promotion of these ideals is where AHEPA has, and always will be, deeply committed. AHEPA educates the community on these matters through symposia, forums, and conferences.
AHEPA's commitment to education has been well documented throughout its history. Over $4 million is endowed at the local, district and national levels toward the use of scholarships and a half-million dollars is awarded annually. Thousands of young men and women have benefited as recipients of AHEPA scholarships at these various levels. The most famous recipient, perhaps, is ABC News' Host of This Week George Stephanopoulos.
The scholarship program at the national level is administered by the AHEPA National Educational Foundation. It offers scholarships to a wide variety of students. Recipients are: traditional and non-traditional students; seminarians, including those entering Holy Cross Greek School of Theology; and high school seniors, college and post-graduate students who are looking to become tomorrow's leaders.
The preservation of Hellenic or Classical Studies programs on college campuses is an important issue for the AHEPA Educational Foundation. A subcommittee of the Foundation, the Hellenic Cultural Commission, actively works to support the study of the Classics at universities.
In addition, educational programs such as "Journey to Greece" and Washington Internships are sponsored by the Foundation.
Philanthropy and volunteerism have been pillars of strength for AHEPA. From natural disaster relief to raising funds for the elimination of life-threatening diseases to making significant contributions to our local neighborhoods, AHEPA is at the forefront of charitable giving.
AHEPA's philanthropic deeds are evident in the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; in the Halls of St. Basil Academy, a childcare facility in Garrison, N.Y.; in the care packages we sent to our troops in cooperation with the USO; and in the building of healthcare facilities in Greece. Yet this only scratches the surface of the numerous philanthropic works of the association. In addition, countless charitable projects are undertaken every year by AHEPA's chapters and districts.
To go to the District 20 AHEPA website click here
To go to the National AHEPA website click here
Journey to Greece
Supreme President Gus Cherevas launched the AHEPA Journey to Greece in 1968, to offer our youth the opportunity to experience Greece and connect with their heritage and history. And this year, AHEPA is proud to provide our youth with two unique opportunities to experience their cultural homeland. Take advantage of this opportunity to experience Greece and receive college credit for your course work.
During the summer, study at a fully accredited US University; students learn about modern and ancient Greece. See and experience the beauty of the country and its people and earn transferable University credits.
The Journey to Greece program, which is sponsored by the AHEPA, has been specially designed to immerse young students in a wonderful learning experience celebrating Greek society and culture. Courses, exciting excursions and special arrangements make the Journey especially attractive to returning students. AHEPA adult advisors will help supervise the students while they attend the program.
For more information go to http://ahepa.org/ahepa/JourneytoGreece.html