Delta Academy and Delta GEMS

Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy

The Delta Academy was created in 1996 to save our young females (ages 11 to 14) from academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures. Delta Academy provides an opportunity for us 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, provide opportunities to participate in community service, build their self-esteem and leadership skills, and allow them to have fun while doing it. A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century. 

Delta GEMS: Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully

Delta GEMS was created to catch and actualize the dreams of African-American at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14 to 18. The goals for Delta GEMS are to instill the need to excel academically, provide tools to sharpen and enhance their skills, assist in proper goal setting and planning, and create compassionate, caring, and community-minded young women by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities.

The Delta GEMS program offers a road map for college and career planning through activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth. Delta GEMS participants have the opportunity to define and “Discover their individual Brilliance.” 

Program Meeting Schedule and Selection Process

Delta Academy and Delta DEMS meetings take place the second Saturday of every month from September to June (unless otherwise noted) from 10am to 12pm. Programming is free for participants. Interested young women must complete an application and be selected to participate. All program committee members of the Rochester Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated go through an extensive application, background check, and screening process.

Program Application Information

Applications for the Delta Academy & GEMS Programs can be found here.

Financial literacy, etiquette, self-defense, self-esteem, and college preparatory workshops are just a few of the many workshops we have held for the young ladies in the past. To learn more about our educational programs and activities, please contact attention: Romanda Gibson-Stevenson, Co-Chair and Dr. Mary Bisbee-Burrows, Co-Chair.