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    On behalf of the members of the Ajeya Graduate Chapter, I welcome you to our website! Small but mighty, we are a chapter of professional and career women dedicated to community service, excellence and sisterhood. Chartered in 2018 to serve the Central NJ area, our love for cultural and community service has no border. As Sisters who “won’t be defeated”, our chapter members serve in various capacities across the organization. We pride ourselves as Non-Greek, Unique, and Culturally Conscious women committed to the foundation laid by our dynamic founders.


    I welcome you to see the work we are doing and attend any upcoming events we are hosting. Join us as we strive to make a difference in our local communities.


    In Sisterhood,

    Shemika Austin

    2nd Chapter President


  • HERstory

    National History

    Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship, Inc.® was founded at Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at the conclusion of the Civil Rights Movement and the burgeoning of the Black Power Movement. Twelve African-American women - proud, innovative, and determined, founded Swing Phi Swing on Friday, April 4, 1969 which was the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These twelve dynamic women displayed their commitment to the cause. At a time of social unrest, these twelve young women created an organization that would honor the trailblazers of the Civil Rights Movement and their legacy.

    National Initiatives

    Across the nation of Swing Phi Swing, chapters remain committed to affecting social change and serving our local communities. The National Office of SWING have identified the following National Programs as targets each chapter commits to:

    • Health
    • Mentoring
    • Global Outreach & Optimism in the Diaspora (GOOD)
    • Education


    To learn more about our national organization, please visit www.swingphiswing.org.

    Ajeya Chapter History

    In 2017, a group of sisters wanted to re-ignite the sisterhood flame in New Jersey and created the Ajeya local planning unit. Our motto is "Through our bond of sisterhood, we will strive to provide quality mentorship and community service by uplifting , empowering and motivating our community." Over the course of the planning year, the Ajeya local planning unit provided service to several food banks and community pantries, hosted dinners for the Ronald McDonald house, and participated in several autism awareness projects. Due to the dedication and commitment of these sisters, the Ajeya Graduate Chapter was chartered on March 5, 2018.


    The Charter members of the Ajeya Graduate Chapter are:

    Zakia Benyard

    Angelina Huggins

    Jessicalee Huggins

    Stephanie Jones

    Alyssa Kimbrough


    Since the chartering of our chapter, we remain dedicated as Sisters With Interest Never Gone. As we approach our 5 year charter anniversary, we have formulated the Ajeya Foundation (charitable arm of the Ajeya Graduate Chapter), dedicated several hours of service and provided support to graduating college seniors. Members of the Ajeya Chapter proudly sit on several national and regional committees serving our beloved sisterhood.

  • Ajeya Leadership Team

    2021-2024 Term

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    Community Service Chairwoman

    Shemika Austin

    SWING Since:

    February 2001

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    Stephanie Jones

    SWING Since:

    August 2003

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    Media Affairs

    Angela Brackett

    SWING Since:

    September 2019

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    Tainesha McKinney

    SWING Since:

    September 2019

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    Membership Info.

    Graduate Membership Requirements

    Graduate members are proud professionals, entrepreneurs, mothers, sisters, and friends who often travel the same roads—many with vastly different backgrounds, but similar goals. They bond by finding common grounds to share and reflect upon. They make charitable contributions and offer volunteer services in our communities. Membership is open to any woman who has earned an Associates Degree or higher at an accredited college, technical or training institution. We also accept membership from professional women with a professional certification/minimal training in her chosen career field, preferably with a demonstrated record of community or organization service of a minimum of five years.

    Women interested in membership, are encouraged to attend Ajeya events that are open to the public.



    We invite any sister looking to reactivate to come back home! We miss you!!! If you are looking to reactivate or transfer into our chapter, you are welcomed to visit us during a chapter meeting. Chapter Meetings are held on the 2nd Sunday of every month. Please contact us for details on attending our chapter meeting.

    *Proof of membership must be presented prior to attending the meeting.

  • Events

    All events are open to the public unless noted.

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    Upcoming Events:

    *Dates are scheduled to change

    All events are open to the public unless otherwise stated



    Apr. 26th- Storytime with the SWINGs

    In association with JC Pal


    136 Old Bergen Rd, Jersey City, NJ 07305


    April 28- Ajeya's Wellness Village

    L.E.T.S. Save Lives: Suicide Prevention for Black and African American Communities

    5pm- Via ZOOM

    Register for Session




    Membership Informational- May 18th

    Information Coming Soon



    July 6th- Annual Jersey Cookout

    Watchung Reservation/Oak Grove Picnic Area


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