A natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful Dr. Betty Shabaaz Delta Academy: Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Delta GEMS (Growing & Empowering Myself Successfully) was created to catch the dreams of African American at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18 (typically High School).  Delta GEMS provides the frame work to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a CAN DO attitude.  The goals for Delta GEMS 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 futures 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 GEMS program offers a road map for college and career planning conducts activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth.  Delta GEMS, like Delta Academy, is implemented by the members of Tri-County (MD) Alumnae Chapter (TCMDAC), Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


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 addresses issues related to STEM education, culture, self-efficacy, leadership, physical and mental health, healthy lifestyles choices, character, ethics, relationships, college readiness, fiscal management, civic engagement and service learning.

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Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women For the 21st Century: The Delta Academy was created out of an urgent sense that bold action was needed to save our young females (ages 11-14, typically Middle School) from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures. Delta Academy provides an opportunity for the members of Tri-County (MD) Alumnae Chapter(TCMDAC) to enrich and enhance the education that our young teens receive in public schools. Specifically, we augment their scholarship in math, science, and technology, their opportunities to provide service in the form of leadership through service learning defined as the cultivation and maintenance of relationships.

A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century.  The activities implemented most often include computer training, self-esteem and etiquette workshops, field trips for science experiences and for college exposure, and special outings to cultural events, fancy dinners, museums, plays, and concerts.