Since its founding in 1913 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has clearly distinguished itself as a public service organization that boldly confronts the challenges of African Americans and, hence, all Americans. Over the years, a wide range of programs addressing education, health, international development, and strengthening of the African American family have evolved. In realizing its mission, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. provides an extensive array of public service initiatives through its Five-Point Program Thrust of Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement.
This initiative helps members of the sorority spread financial education throughout the local communities.
Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy
Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women For the 21st Century!
The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy was created out of an urgent sense that bold action was needed to save our young females (ages 11-14) from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures. Delta Academy provides an opportunity to enrich and enhance the education that our young teens receive in public schools across the nation. The goals of Delta Academy are:
To encourage the young women to pursue higher education and ultimately attain non-traditional careers for women.
Prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century.
Delta GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully)
A natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful Dr. Betty Shabaaz Delta Academy: 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 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
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 activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth. Delta GEMS, like Delta Academy, is implemented by chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence)
The EMBODI program is designed to uplift African-American males by addressing issues facing African American males. 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.
Physical and Mental Health
As an organization of predominantly African American women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is uniquely positioned to impact not only the well-being of its membership, but also the well-being of families and communities at large. Journey to Wellness: Committing our Bodies to Physical and Mental Health is now the signature Physical and Mental Health “call to action”. The initiative addresses the challenges of living holistic and healthy lives. The three-pronged approach to Journey to Wellness includes:
A refocused Lose to Win! To include Physical Activity and Healthy Eating
Physical Health: Chronic Diseases and
Political Awareness and Involvement
Delta Days in the Capital
In 1989, the National Social Action Commission instituted Delta Days in the Nation's Capital, an annual legislative conference to increase members' involvement in the national public policy-making process. The annual conference includes legislative briefings, issue forums, and advocacy skills development. Featured speakers include key policy makers, members of the United States Congress, Congressional staff members, and national issues experts.
The activities of Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital are briefings on legislative issues which impact the African-American community; skill development sessions such as “How to Lobby Effectively,” “Understanding the Role of Congressional Staffers,” How to Monitor and Track Legislation;” and legislative visits to members of Congress. The participants, who come from all geographical areas of the country, also have opportunities to observe the legislators in session, participate in Senate Press Tours and White House briefings. Members of Delta and others with expertise on various issues conduct the skills development and discussion sessions. In addition, the members also participates in the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Town Hall Meetings, and conducts Delta Days at the State Capitol, Delta Days at City Hall, and Delta Days at the School Board.
In March of 1913, nearly six weeks after its founding, several Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Founders marched in the historic Suffragist March under the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Banner, the Sorority's first public act. Today, low voter turnout statistics highlight the need to continue to identify ways to include opportunities for all citizens to exercise their voting power. Each of Delta’s programmatic initiatives has an advocacy component that is implemented under the auspices of social action when it is appropriate or necessary to do so.
Under the auspices of the National Social Action Commission, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. continues to institute activities that foster:
Sponsoring Voter Registration and voter education programs
Combating Voter Suppression
The full restoration of voting rights for individuals who have paid their debt to society (ex-offenders)
Affordable Health Care and access to quality health care
Financial Literacy and Economic Empowermen
Support for HBCU’s
Political Awareness and Involvement
Career Conversations is one-day workshop designed to introduce students of color to professionals of color, providing a springboard for youth to make good career choices. Each year we have over fifty minority professionals participate from various fields, including: The Arts, Business & Entrepreneurship, Education, Engineering, Fashion & Beauty, Finance/Banking, Human Resources, Interior Decorating, Law, Medicine/Pharmacy/Sales, Military, Public Relations, Real Estate, Retail, Religion and etc.
Students are placed in small intimate groups in order to converse with those professionals, who mentors them on the many aspects of choosing a career path, succeeding in your career and maintaining longevity, as well as fulfilling your passion. This program is collaboration between the Delta Sorority of Collier County and the NAACP of Collier County.
Dream Catchers is a mentoring and leadership program offered to middle school students during the school year. The students meet after school one day a week. The program is held in ten-week sessions. Students engage in interactive activities that focus on specific topics from the sorority Delta Academy, Delta GEMS and EMBODI curriculums. The topics include Character Development, Social and Emotional Awareness, Leadership Development, Academic Development, Pros and Cons of Social Media, Problem Solving and Goal Setting, Workforce and Entrepreneurial Pathway and Decision Making.
Raising the Bar
This program represents a five-year commitment to work with twenty-five students from the seventh grade to the twelfth grade.
Students attend a two-week summer program aimed at sharpening their Math and Language Arts skills. We also augment this program with other programs. In year two, our partner First Florida Integrity Bank teaches a course in financial literacy and in year three students attend our STEM Camp. Each year we add twenty-five additional seventh grade students to the program.
We are in year two of this program. Of the twenty-five students who participated in the program last year, twenty-three returned to participate in year two of the program. This program is collaboration between the Delta Sorority of Collier County and the NAACP of Collier County.