Educational Development

Delta GEMS

The Washington DC Alumnae Chapter (WDCAC) is committed to investing in our youth through Delta GEMS, a self-esteem building program targeting African American girls aged 14-18. The acronym stands for Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully. An outgrowth of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, this signature Sorority program was launched in 2004 to inspire, encourage and nurture young sisters living in resource-challenged communities. It is Delta’s way of preparing them to navigate in the world as adult women.

As such, the themes of GEMS workshops and activities include career and college planning, financial management, the social impacts of social media, cyber-bullying, health and wellness, arts and culture, and community service. The overarching goal is for the participants to leave GEMS with enhanced critical thinking, decisionmaking and goal-setting skills – attributes that will help them excel in academics and in life.

The Delta GEMS program succeeds with the committed help of volunteers and partners in our communities who are willing to help attract girls to the program and/or assist with in-kind donations, grants and other meaningful services.

To support Delta GEMS or to learn more, contact



As a counterpart to Delta GEMS, the Washington DC Alumnae Chapter provides support to young African American males through a national program known as EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence). The 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 young African American males.

Through its EMBODI program and in collaboration with community partners and volunteers, WDCAC provides male youth with ongoing mentoring and tutoring support as well as guidance on topics that include basic life skills, the college admissions process, and financial literacy and empowerment.

To support EMBODI or to learn more, contact