We know that many of today's young women find themselves in environments that may not fully support their personal and academic development. They may feel ignored or left behind at the very point in their lives when they are most in need of attention, support, and encouragement. Delta Sigma Theta's youth programs are designed to create an additional support system for parents and their daughters. As Delta women, we aim to share our resources and energies with the queens in our community to develop new purposes, new skills, and new leaders.
Due to the pandemic, we have switched the programs to a virtual format. Participants will need to have access to the Zoom app to engage in the curriculum. The application period for the 2021-2022 program year is now open through September 25, 2021. Questions about the programs should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle School Program for Girls Ages 11-14
In 1996, the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy was created out of an urgent sense that bold action was needed to save our young girls (ages 11-14) from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures. The program focuses on social and emotional development, physiological transitioning and exposure to global ideas and learning opportunities in alignment with the program theme, "EMPOWERED: Prepared to Lead, Achieve, and Succeed."
Anchored in the basic tenets of the sorority, which are sisterhood, scholarship, and service, the program offers mentoring, interactive educational activities, and encouraging healthy lifestyle, academic, and career choices, while growing and developing intelligent, fierce, fabulous, and beautiful Queens. Educational activities are focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) concepts to develop life skills and explore future career options. This year, Delta Academy will include developing the writing skills of participants and will offer the Gladys Roberts Writing Award with a $250 grand prize.
High School Program for Girls Ages 14-18
Delta G.E.M.S. (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) was created in 2004 to expand our youth development programming to high school girls. As we strive for the GEMS to "discover their brilliance," the program enriches young queens' academic success, career planning, and help develop compassionate, caring, and community-minded individuals. With a focus on STEM, the program engages queens in the discovery of career options, college preparation, our rich culture and heritage.
This year's STEM focus will be on Financial Fortitude with an interactive project on stocks and investing. Participants will earn funds through attendance and participation that they will invest in their own stock portfolio. With their own Delta GEMS Investment Club, participants will research companies, share stock tips, and begin their personal wealth journey.
Since our founding in 1913, Delta Sigma Theta has promoted academic excellence and the importance of education. Likewise, Tempe Alumnae started its scholarship program when we were chartered in 1973 with our "bookships" that helped local high school students cover the costs of books and supplies. Thanks to the generous support of donors and the success of our fundraisers, the program has grown to provide more than $150,000 to support Arizona students as they pursue their educational goals.
We offer two scholarship categories in honor of two of our chapter charter members:
The scholarship period for 2021 closed on February 28th. To apply for 2022 funding, please check this site when the application period reopens in December 2021. All questions about the scholarship application process, should be submitted to email@example.com.