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Delta GEMS 
Delta GEMS

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 frame work 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; and
  • To create compassionate, caring, and community minded young women by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities.

The Delta GEMS framework is composed of five major components(Scholarship, Sisterhood, Show Me the Money, Service, and Infinitely Complete), forming a road map for college and career planning. Topics within the five major components are designed to provide interactive lessons and activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth.

Delta GEMS, like Delta Academy, is implemented by chapters of Delta Sigma Theta.


The Dover Alumane Chapter GEMS have been involved in the following:

  • 4 year winner of DSU Homecoming Parade Drill/Step Team
  • Domestic Violence Awareness 5k walk
  • DART - Food Bank of Delaware "Stuff the Bus"
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing
  • FAFSA and College Night information for parents & students
  • Spring College Tour
  • Public Service - Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner prep for the less fortunate
  • Senior GEMS Debutante Presentation
  • Scholarship Dinner



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 local Delta chapters to enrich and enhance the education that our young teens receive in public schools across the nation. 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 young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century.

The Dover Alumnae Chapter presently runs three Delta Academy sites. The site in Middletown, DE  (at Middletown Middle School) has 36 participants. The site at William Henry Middle School has approximately 45 girls and the site at Central Middle School has around approximately 18 participants.  Activities at all sites are centered toward leadership through service learning, and their sisterhood, defined as the cultivation service learning, and their sisterhood, defined as the cultivation and maintenance of relationships.




EMBODI, a new program for 9th – 12th grade African American males in the Kent County area being sponsored by the Dover Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.  The chapter is partnering with men’s groups in the community such as Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, the Cavalier’s, along with several individual influential males to bring you this signature program, whose focus is on the academic, social and emotional growth of young Black men.


As an 9th – 12th grader, you may ask yourself ----“What kind of program is it? Why should I join?  What’s in it for me?”  These are all good questions.


The program offers you a unique opportunity to network with other young men who have goals and dreams, but may face some challenges when trying to reach them.  As a member of EMBODI you will:

  • Attend a monthly meeting – 2nd Sunday of the month from 3:30 – 6:00 at the Modern Maturity Center in Dover
  • Discuss a variety of topics with affluent African-American men
  • Be paired with a “Life Coach”
  • Participate in numerous activities such as going to sports events (basketball games, football games) and attending cultural outings (Harlem Hip-Hop Tours)
  • Provide public service
  • Attend college tours
  • Have an opportunity to raise scholarship money
  • Socialize with the Delta GEMS at the end of most meetings
  • Have fun!

If you would like to be a member of EMBODI, please complete the attached application and return it by the deadline.