National Youth Initiatives

Youth Programs Orientation

Join us to learn more about our FREE Youth Mentorship Programs for the 2022-2023 academic year!

2022-2023 Youth Programs Orientation

October 16, 2022

2:00 pm EST

Meeting Registration Link:

Youth Application deadline: October 30, 2022


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Note – a parent or guardian must attend the orientation session with the participants.

The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy

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) from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures.

Delta Academy provides an opportunity for our chapter to enrich and enhance the education that our young teens receive in public school. 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 Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS Program

GEMS – Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully

A natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the Dr. Betty Shabazz 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.

GEMS, the acronym for Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully, was created in 2004 to help African-American young women realize their dreams.

The program targets girls between the ages of 14 and 18 who are “at risk” of not achieving academic success for various reasons.

In 2007, the Executive Board voted unanimously to rename the program, the Dr. Jeanne L. Noble GEMS Institute, honoring her memory and her lifelong commitment to promoting academic achievement and excellence. The goals of the Dr. Jeanne L. Noble GEMS Institute are to:

  • Provide tools that enables girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success
  • Assist girls in proper goal setting, and decision making; and planning for their futures-high school and beyond
  • Create compassionate, caring, 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.

The EMBODI Program

Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence

The EMBODI program is designed to refocus the efforts of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, with the support and action of other major organizations, on the plight of African American males.

The program targets males ages 11-18.

Both informal and empirical data suggests that the vast majority of African American males continue to be in crisis and are not reaching their 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 lifestyle choices, character, ethics, relationships, college readiness, fiscal management, civic engagement, and service learning.

For information on our Youth Initiatives Programs, please contact us at [email protected]

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