Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy
The Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter’s has an exciting and innovative way for the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and community volunteers to use their skills and resources to nurture and develop the leaders of tomorrow.
The Dr. Betty L. Shabazz Delta Academy provides its participants with a special place to learn about sisterhood, scholarship, service, math, science, technology, non traditional careers, and leadership.
The Delta Academy program provides a unique forum for at-risk girls to share their experiences, explore their hopes and dreams for the future, and receive individual and collective attention, support and encouragement in preparation for the challenges of tomorrow. The Delta Academy component is designed for at-risk girls ages 11 to 14 years old. The program includes mentoring, monthly workshops, parent workshops, field trips, computer training and other enrichment activities for the Delta Academy participants.
The Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter’s Delta Academy program won a grant from the California Endowment and the *Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF) for developing a healthy lifestyles cookbook.
* The Delta Research and Educational Foundation was founded in 1967 under the leadership of Dr. Geraldine Pittman Woods, a noted scientist, who then served as 13th National President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. Dr. Woods was member of the Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter.
Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta G.E.M.S. Institute
The Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta G.E.M.S. Institute (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) is an extension of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy program and is designed for at-risk girls ages 15 to 18 years old. Delta G.E.M.S. provides the frame work to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a “CAN DO” attitude. The program includes: mentoring, monthly workshops, parent workshops, field trips, computer training, tutoring, college/career counseling, and other enrichment activities for the Delta G.E.M.S. Institute participants.
The goals for the Delta G.E.M.S. are:
- – To instill the need to excel academically;
- – To provide tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success;
- – To assist girls in proper goal setting and planning for their future high school and beyond; and
- – To create compassionate, caring, and community minded young women by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities.
The Delta G.E.M.S. framework is composed of five major components (Scholarship, Sisterhood, Show Me the Money, Service, and Infinitely Complete), forming a road map for college and career planning. Topics within the five major components are designed to provide interactive lessons and activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth.
The EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) program is designed to refocus the efforts of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., with the support and action of other major organizations, on the plight of African-American males. Both informal and empirical data suggests that the vast majority of African-American males continues to be in crisis and is not reaching its fullest potential educationally, socially and emotionally. EMBODI is designed to address these issues through dialogue, and recommendations for change and action. EMBODI will include a program format and information template. The delivery options may include a town hall meeting, workshops, and/or teen leadership summits.