Five-Point Programmatic Thrust
In realizing its mission, Delta Sigma Theta provides an extensive array of public service initiatives through its Five-Point Program Thrust of Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement.
The Orange County (FL) Alumnae chapter is committed to addressing the need for economic development by:
Hosting seminars and workshops on Financial Planning, Budgeting, Debt Management, Savings & Investments, Retirement Planning, Homeownership, Insurance, Estate Planning, and Entrepreneurship.
Supporting and patronizing local small businesses, with an emphasis on minority-owned businesses
OCAC is committed to providing exemplary programming to support youth in Orange and Osceola Counties. Under the guidance of our National organization, we implement the following programs for youth in our communities:
The 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. The Delta Academy encompasses many educational programs for at risk youth between the ages of 11 through 14. The major emphasis is on mathematics, science and technology designed to assist these youth via mentoring, educational activities and service learning opportunities.
Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS Institute (Delta GEMS)
The Delta GEMS program is designed to provide interactive lessons, activities, and opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth in adolescent girls aged 14-18 in grades 9-12. Through interactive sessions, youth participants will be provided with the 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 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. EMBODI addresses issues related to STEM education, culture, self-efficacy, leadership, physical and mental health, healthy lifestyles choices, character, ethics, relationships, college readiness, fiscal management, civic engagement and service learning. The Orange County Alumnae Chapter will continue to expand our commitment in empowering young African-American males with life skills and access to build opportunities for developing independence for success.
International Awareness and Involvement
The members of OCAC are dedicated to developing community programs designed to provide assistance, relief and resources to developing countries; as well as fostering local advocacy for social injustices, and pertinent issues that impact the African diaspora.
We support initiatives such as World AIDS Day, along with our seven approved National Projects in Africa and Haiti such as Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital, I Can Fly High School International, Muindi Mbingu Boys Secondary School, Adelaide Tambo School, Delta House/Vashti Village, Training Resources in Early Education (T.R.E.E.), Cherette Elementary School Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated on Cynthia M.A. Butler McIntyre Campus.
Physical and Mental Health
OCAC is charged with bringing awareness about common health issues facing African Americans. We do this by coordinating and/or participating in activities to support national and local health education initiatives, disseminating information that promotes healthy lifestyles, focusing on increasing mental health awareness, and encouraging mental wellness and self-care within communities of color.
Political Awareness and Involvement
The Political Awareness and Involvement Thrust is realized through Social Action within the organization. This Thrust is manifested by the Social Action activities nationally, regionally and locally through chapters. Through Social Action, we are committed to bringing awareness of the voting process, issues impacting our community, and the importance of voting rights. We as a chapter host literature drives; seminars and panel discussion; promote voter education; and social media campaigns.
We are proud to have partnered with the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office with our Adopt-A-Precinct program. Participating organizations “adopt” a precinct, or several precincts, during an election by providing the people to staff the polling place for that precinct. We are committed to assisting the residents of Orange County with voting in the Primary and General Elections.
In 2000, OCAC partnered with the Orange County Supervisor of Elections Office and adopted Precinct 602 (John H. Jackson Community Center)
In 2020, we established Precinct #618 at New Covenant Bible Fellowship Church.