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Since its founding in 1913 Delta Sigma Theta has clearly distinguished itself as a public service organization that boldly confronts the challenges of African Americans and, hence, all Americans. Over the years, a wide range of programs addressing education, health, international development, and strengthening of the African American family have evolved. 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.

Economic Development

Financial Fortitude

Economic stability is a key element in creating and maintaining strong communities. To address the need for economic development, Delta Sigma Theta put forth Financial Fortitude, a process specifically designed to promote understanding of all aspects of the financial system, including but not limited to, budgeting, homeownership, personal wealth management, entrepreneurship, and the steps to financial freedom.

Albany GA Alumnae’s Economic Development Committee provides information and facilitates discussion regarding relevant local, state, and national financial topics with its chapter members and the community through workshops and other events.
Educational Development

As an organization of college-educated women, Delta Sigma Theta plays an active role in the educational movement, seeking to inspire, motivate, and support the aspirations and achievement of youth and young adults.

EMBODI

Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence (EMBODI) is the signature program of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s 24th National President, Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre. EMBODI is designed to refocus Delta’s efforts to collaborate with other established organizations and agencies to address the plight of African American males. The EMBODI program provides a continuum of services and addresses the specific needs of African-American males.

EMBODI_Brochure.pdf

Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy

The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy was created out of an urgent need to save our young females ages 11-14 from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem and crippled futures. This program provides an opportunity for local Delta chapters to enrich and enhance the education that our young teens receive in schools across the nation. Specifically, we augment their scholarship in math, science, and technology, their opportunities to provide service through leadership and sisterhood, and the development and maintenance of healthy relationships.

Albany (GA) Alumnae recruits young females each year to participate in workshops, field trips, and other activities involving such topics as etiquette, technology, cultural awareness, self-awareness, and personal finance. Presently, Delta Academy meets monthly at various elementary and middle schools in Dougherty County.

Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta G.E.M.S (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully)

The Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS was created as an expansion of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy to encompass at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18. The Delta GEMS 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.

The goals for Delta GEMS are:

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

Presently, Delta GEMS meet monthly at Albany High, Dougherty High, Westover, and Monroe Comprehensive High School in the Dougherty County School System. Calendars are given out at each orientation.

International Awareness and Involvement

Delta Sigma Theta has an extensive history of involvement in international issues, including human rights and developing infrastructure. This involvement led to the establishment of several chapters outside of the United States and the participation in projects related to addressing the needs of diverse cultures.

Water Tanks and Wells

Clean water, or the lack of it, is one of the major reasons why five million children in Africa succumb annually to water borne illnesses. Having recognized that people who live outside the reality of readily accessible clean water may take its availability for granted; Water for Children Africa provides safe water tanks in rural villages on the continent. Delta Sigma Theta is a partner with this uniquely responsive non-profit organization to address the need for clean water. The sorority’s goal is to provide an underground water well in Ghana. In addition, each of the sorority’s seven regions will sponsor one above ground water tank at seven Kenyan elementary schools.

Physical and Mental Health

As an organization of predominately African American women, Delta Sigma Theta is uniquely positioned to impact not only the well-being of its members, but also the well-being of families and communities at large. To facilitate this effort, a Health Task Force was launched to educate and facilitate lifestyle change for the physical, mental, and spiritual well-being of sorority members and the communities we serve. The Health Task Force objectives are to:

Raise awareness about the importance and benefits of lifestyle changes that affect longevity, morbidity, and mortality;
Identify organizational alliances for the sorority that will work to address pertinent health issues; and
Develop and implement health-focused programs within the sorority and the communities we serve.

Accepting the charge of the Health Task Force, Albany (GA) Alumnae actively implements programs with an emphasis on physical and mental health.

Political Awareness and Involvement

In March of 1913, nearly six weeks after its founding, several Delta Sigma Theta Founders participated in the historic Women’s’ Suffragist March under the Delta Sigma Theta banner, the sorority's first public act. This act set the tone for the sorority’s future endeavors and today, political awareness and involvement is a major fabric of the organization. A National Social Action Commission was formed to promote the legislative initiatives of the sorority, its membership, and the communities we serve. The Social Action Commission also serves to empower chapters to remain actively involved in local, state, and national political issues.

Delta Days at the Nation’s Capital

In 1989, the National Social Action Commission instituted Delta Days in the Nation's Capital, an annual legislative conference to increase members' involvement in the national public policy-making process. The annual conference includes legislative briefings, issue forums, and advocacy skills development. Featured speakers include key policy makers, members of the United States Congress, Congressional staff members, and national issues experts.

Arts and Letters Committee

The National Arts and Letters Commission was established with the purpose of supporting African American women in the arts. Throughout its history, the Commission has been comprised of accomplished members of the sorority including Lena Horne, Nikki Giovanni, and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

The Albany (GA) Alumnae Arts and Letters Committee regularly organize members to attend local performing arts, visual arts, literary arts, and other cultural events.

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Albany GA Alumnae Chapter
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Vamella Lovett, President
PO Box 4281 * Albany, GA 31706
229-439-0233
www.dstalbanygaalumnae.org
dstalbanyalumnae@gmail.com

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