Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women for the 21st Century Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy program was created in 1996 in an effort to save our young women ages 11-14 from academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled features. Delta Academy focuses on social and emotional development, physiological transitioning, and exposure to global ideas. Specifically, we augment their scholarship in math, science, and technology, their opportunities to provide service in the form of leadership through service learning, and their sisterhood, defined as the cultivation service learning, and their sisterhood, defined as the cultivation and maintenance of relationships. A primary goal of the program is to prepare our young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century.
Delta GEMS Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully Created as a continuation of the Delta Academy, Dr. Jeanne L. Noble G.E.M.S. Institute (Growing & Empowering Myself Successfully) is a program that provides a framework for at-risk African American girls age 14-18 to actualize their dreams by performing specific tasks that develop a CAN DO attitude. Goals for Delta GEMS include:
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 goal setting and planning for their futures; and
To create compassionate, caring, and community minded young women through service learning and community service
EMBODI Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence The EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) 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. 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.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated (“Delta”) currently sponsors several programs designed to promote the development of young girls and boys. These include, but are not limited to, Delta GEMS (“GEMS”), Delta Academy (“Academy”), and EMBODI (collectively “youth initiatives”).
Risk Management is the process of assessing risk and acting in such a manner, or prescribing policies and procedures, to minimize loss associated with such risk. Our goal is to ensure that Chapters and all individuals involved in Delta’s youth programs understand how risk management plays a part in our youth programs and to maintain compliance with our policies and guidelines during all youth activities.
Why Risk Management: Risk Management is important because it:
Protects the people, property, income, and reputation of Delta Sigma Theta
Ensures the safety of all participants in our youth programs
Proactively evaluates allocation of resources
Allows us to focus on the enrichment of our youth participants
Focuses on prevention
If you are interested in being a youth programs volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Background Check by clicking the link below. Volunteer Background Check
Who is a Volunteer? In Delta Sigma Theta, any individual participating in Delta’s youth initiatives is defined as a volunteer. This applies to members of Delta Sigma Theta and non‐members (i.e., Deltas and non‐Deltas).
The requirements for becoming a Volunteer include:
Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older
Volunteers must complete the application process
Volunteers must undergo and pass a criminal background check every three (3) years using Delta’s approved background check vendor
Volunteers must complete risk management training on an annual basis
Volunteers must sign and abide by the youth initiative code of ethics
Volunteers must learn to recognize some signs and symptoms of child abuse/neglect
Volunteers must abide by Delta’s mandatory reporting policy
Volunteers must meet the time requirements and job duties as directed by the local chapter
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