Educational Development

Youth Programs

Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy 
Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy-Designed to “catch the dreams” of at-risk African American girls aged 11-13. Providing guidance to diverse career options: With emphasis on math, science, and technology.  Further to encourage drop-out prevention.  This committee has an educational thrust designed to enrich existing programs; design and implement new programs that will enrich youth culturally, socially, and developmentally.
 
Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS 
Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) initiates a transitional bridge from Delta Academy. GEMS is designed to serve teenage girls age 14-18 by providing opportunities for participation in a variety of enrichment activities.  The young ladies shall be identified through local agencies, schools, churches, and Deltas.  Monthly activities will be coordinated during the Sorority year and the Delta GEMS will be encouraged to interact with appropriate Delta programs.  Further this committee has an Educational Thrust designed to enrich existing programs; design and implement new programs that will enrich youth academically, culturally, socially, and developmentally.  Goal setting and service learning by interfacing with their community is a vital part of this enrichment process.
 
EMBODI 
The EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) Program 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 the vast 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 recommendation for change and action.

Eminence
The Eminence Program recognizes high achieving junior and senior students, for outstanding scholastic abilities, extracurricular involvement and participation in community service endeavors.  Eminence focuses on awarding incentives to participants, while introducing the honorees to society and exposing them to workshops on a variety of topics.

Other Initiatives

Breakfast With Santa
Breakfast with Santa is sponsored by the Orange County Alumnae Chapter each year. “Breakfast with Santa” affords an opportunity for children in economically disadvantaged areas to enjoy the spirit of Christmas.  It is anticipated that approximately 150 children ranging in ages from two years old to eight years old will attend this event.  

Literacy Week
​The Just Read, Florida! Office and the Florida Department of Education (FDOE), in partnership with other FDOE offices, school districts, state organizations and agencies,host Celebrate Literacy Week Florida! In an effort to help promote literacy and encourage positive reading habits of students in Orange and Osceola Counties, OCAC partners with a local school(s) during literacy week in January.