Delta G.E.M.S.

Program Overview

Delta G.E.M.S. Institute (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) is an extension of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy program and is designed for at-risk girls ages 14 to 18 years old. Delta G.E.M.S. provides the framework to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a “CAN DO” attitude.  The goals for Delta G.E.M.S. are:

  • To instill the need to excel academically
  • To provide tools that enable girls to enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success
  • To assist girls in proper goal setting and planning for their futures
  • To create compassionate, caring, and community-minded young women by actively involving them in service-learning and community service opportunities

The Delta G.E.M.S. 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.

Rules & Responsibilities of Delta G.E.M.S. Participants & Parent(s)/Guardian(s)

Parents Responsibility:

  • Bring GEMS to all sessions on time
  • Be on time to pick up GEMS
  • Return all permission forms or parental information requested
  • Be available during GEMS sessions for emergencies or provide emergency contact
GEMS Guidelines:
  • Arrive on time for each session
  • Contact GEMS program leads at least 2 days in advance if a session will be missed
  • Complete all assignments as asked
  • Actively participate in all sessions
  • Turn off cell phones during the session
  • Do not use profanity
  • Disruptive behavior can lead to removal from the program
  • Adhere to “appropriate” attire
  • Maintain a professional attitude and character
GEMS Participation Criteria:
  • Young Women
  •  14 – 18 who are in Grades 9 through 12.
  • Have potential, but need guidance, support, and skills to achieve success.
  • Interested in developing leadership skills.
  • Actively pursuing college and/or career options.
  • Need encouragement and support in pursuit of higher learning.
  • Identified by authorized partners of Delta chapters and/or former Delta Academy participants.

The Delta G.E.M.S. application process is open for the 2023-2024 program year. We are accepting applications now through July 1st.



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