As early as 1940, graduate chapters of Zeta Phi Beta had begun to realize the importance of the prestige, good will, and cooperation of women who for various reasons were not members of any Greek-letter organization. In 1948, with the recommendation of the Grand President, Lullelia Harrison, Zeta graduate chapters were allowed to organize auxiliaries that would be known as Zeta Amicae. These groups render valuable services to the sorority and their respective communities. These groups are located in areas where there are active chapters of Zeta. Currently there are over 175 Amicae groups in the U.S. The first Amicae group was organized in Omaha, Nebraska in 1947 by the Beta Psi Zeta chapter. The Arkansas Amicae Coordinator is Bonita Nash.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Youth Affiliates
The first clubs were formed in the 1950's for all youth involved with the sorority, as Zetalites, Archonettes, or Amicettes. However participation in club activities quickly increased to the point that the club was diviced into two age groups. The high school girls kept the name of the Archonette Club, which accepts members who are in high school grades of nine through twelve. The younger girls became the Amicette Club (ages 9-13), and in the 1990's the Pearlette Club (ages 4-8) was organized.
Various chapters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. sponsor these youth affiliates. With continued program development and the establishment of guidelines, these clubs have become viable links of the sorority. The Arkansas Youth Coordinator is Natassia Merriweather.