Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc
Knoxville Alumnae Chapter
Educational Development
 Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy

The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy is a unique program
designed for young ladies ages 11-14 years.  The goals of the
Academy are to enhance or spark interest in math, science,
technology and/or careers where minority women are scarcely
represented.  The
Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy's aim is
to shape well rounded young women by focusing on African
American history, literacy, character development, healthy
choices and service learning.  Many young ladies have
tremendous potential, however they are not afforded the
opportunity to broaden themselves, express their curiosity,
and experience new and different things early on.

Academy sessions, activities are centered around math,
science, technology, book club, and African American history.
 In addition to building character, self-esteem, and giving back
to the community through service learning, field trips are
planned to museums and other sites designed to enhance the
knowledge of the participants in the identified focus areas.  
These young ladies experience endless possibilities.

Chairperson: Tiffany McLean & Tiffany Watkins

  Dr. Jeanne Noble 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  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.

Chairperson: LaToya Frazier & Katatra Vasquez

The EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence)
program is designed to refocus the efforts of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., with the
support and action of other major organizations, on the plight of African-American males.
Both informal and empirical data suggests that the vast majority of African-American males
continues to be in crisis and is not reaching its fullest potential educationally, socially and
emotionally. EMBODI is designed to address these issues through dialogue, and
recommendations for change and action. EMBODI will include a program format and
information template. The delivery options may include a town hall meeting, workshops,
and/or teen leadership summits.

Chairpersons: Christi Culpepper & Rita Fulp
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