Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
BROWARD COUNTY ALUMNAE CHAPTER
The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy program targets middle school girls ages 11-14. It empowers our young girls with skills and strategies to cultivate their self-esteem, intellectual, and physical development. The primary educational focus is on academic skills in math, science, and technology, preparing them as future leaders in the 21st century. The Delta Academy Program also works to boost literacy through reading, public speaking, and volunteerism opportunities in leadership through service-learning.
Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS Institute
Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Delta GEMS was created to catch the dreams of African American at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18. Delta GEMS provides the framework to realize those dreams through 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 leadership opportunities. The Delta GEMS program offers a road map for college and career planning and facilitates activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and personal.
The Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence (EMBODI) 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 growing number of African-American males continue to be in crisis and is not reaching its full 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 lifestyle choices, character, ethics, relationships, college readiness, fiscal management, civic engagement, and service-learning.
Operating under the auspices of the Delta Education and Life Development Foundation, Inc. Read America’s mission is to promote literacy and the enjoyment of reading. Members volunteer to provide academic strategies for passing the State Assessments to lower-income families at selected elementary schools. We also hold an annual Children’s Reading Festival where over 300 children (preschool through fifth grade) enjoy a wonderful day of reading circles, storytelling, face painting, arts and crafts, mini rides, bounce houses, and refreshments. At the end of this event, each child receives a gift bag containing a book that the child has selected with an array of pencils, crayons, coloring books, and other donated items. As a chapter, we not only sponsor this community event, but we also promote literacy at schools by participating in reading challenges and volunteering in the classrooms.