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Educational Development

dr. betty shabazz delta academy

​Dr. Betty Shabazz 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 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 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.

  • Delta Academy has taken many forms.

  • In some chapters, the Academies are after-school or Saturday programs;

  • others are weekly or biweekly throughout the school year;

  • and still other programs occur monthly.

  • At a minimum, chapters plan and implement varied activities based upon the needs of the early adolescents in their areas.

  • The activities implemented most often include

  • computer training,

  • self-esteem and etiquette workshops,

  • field trips for science experiences and for college exposure,

  • and special outings to cultural events,

  • fancy dinners, museums, plays, and concerts.

delta gems - growing & empowering myself successfully

Carrying the Legacy

  • A natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful 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, ages 14-18.


  • Delta GEMS provide the framework to actualize those dreams.

  • That is done through the performance of specific tasks that develop a CAN DO attitude.

Educational Goals

  • 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 in high school and beyond, and

    • To create a group of compassionate, 

A Clear Pathway​

  • The Delta GEMS program offers a road map for college and career planning conducts and activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth.

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

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