Delta GEMS is 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 our 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, decision making 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.
The Washington DC Alumnae Chapter has implemented the programmatic thrust of Educational Development through the School America Program at Whittier Elementary School, the Jabberwock Cotillion Program and Scholarships given to graduating high school seniors in the public, private and/or parochial schools of Washington, DC.