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 at-risk, 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 and offers a road map for college and career planning conducts. The program activities offers opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth. Delta GEMS, like Delta Academy, is implemented by local chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

The framework of the program allows participants to discover and understand their individual brilliance by embracing the two AIMS of GEMS: Growing Myself Successfully and Empowering Myself Successfully. The goals of the Delta GEMS Institute are:

1.     Instill the need to excel academically

2.     Create compassionate, caring and community minded young women and actively involve them in service advocacy
community service opportunities

3.     Provide tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success

4.     Assist girls in proper goal setting and planning for their future’s in high school and beyond 

The program curriculum is designed to give young women the chance to engage in interactive learning with adult volunteers, parents/guardians and other family members who are interested in their success. The goals of the GEMS Institute are achieved through monthly workshops and meetings, field trips, community service projects and bonding activities with the members of the Contra Costa Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

There is no fee for this program.