Youth participant program | 2020 - 2021


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 to enhance the education that our young teens receive in public schools across the nation. Our main objective is to expand 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.

Delta E.M.B.O.D.I.
Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence

EMBODI was created out of an urgent sense that bold action was needed to save our African American males.   Both informal and empirical data suggests that African American males are in crisis.  From institutional biases to public policy to marginalization, African American males, for the most part, are being unsuccessful educationally (lack of success in school and high drop-out rates), socially (incarceration and risky behaviors) and emotionally (low self-esteem and mental health issues).  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority addresses the negative plight of African American males through this positive program. 

EMBODI is designed to enrich and enhance the, social, emotional, and academic development of African American males ages 11-18 years old in Shelby County (TN) through a variety of monthly activities that include educational modules, cultural outings, and public service.  The primary goal of the program is to prepare young men to become successful leaders in the 21st Century. The Shelby County (TN) Alumnae Chapter will work in conjunction with adult males and/or male-based organizations, to provide fun and motivating activities that will help young men reach this goal.

Delta G.E.M.S.

GEMS: Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully

Delta Gems was a natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy. 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.

Online Applications

The application period is now closed!

Delta Academy - Girls Ages 11 to 14

Delta EMBODI - Boys Ages 11 - 18

Delta GEMS - Girls Ages 14 - 18

Medical Authorization Form

Please click on the following link if you need to have medication dispensed during the Youth Programs. This form is required to be completed by the physician dispensing the medication.


Medication Authorization Form

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Abuse Reporting Numbers

The following information is required for you to receive and review. 

Child Welfare Information Gateway - Child Abuse Reporting Numbers

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