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Educational Development

“We’ve got to work to save our children and do it with full respect

for the fact that if we do not, no one else is going to do it.”

Dorothy I Height

Educational Development encompasses developing and implementing programs to empower youth to set academic goals and to realize their dreams.  Elk Grove Alumnae Chapter works with youth through four programs to assist young females and young males to achieve their goals.  The educational programs of EGAC include:

Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy

Delta Academy was created out of an urgent sense that bold action was needed to save our young females from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures.  This program seeks to augment a student’s academic experience by enhancing the education that students receive in school.  The primary focus of Delta Academy includes: math, science, technology, career opportunities, community service, and leadership development. Upon completion of the program, a participant is equipped with the skills necessary to lead in the 21st Century.

This program targets females ages 11 to 13, or 6th through 8th grade. Participants must attend a school in Elk Grove Alumnae Chapter’s service area.  This program meets the third Saturday of each month. The first meeting is held in September and the final meeting concludes in May for the academic year. Participants must attend with a parent/guardian the first meeting which is the Delta Academy Program Orientation to discuss program expectations.

EGAC looks forward to relaunching this youth initiative program in 2018-2019.

Delta GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully)

Delta GEMS is an expansion and continuation of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy. This program encourages participants to realize their dreams.  The Delta GEMS framework encompasses scholarship, sisterhood, service, finance, and infinitely complete.  This framework is executed through programming that includes: African American History, literacy, service learning, disaster preparedness, and Parents Empowered Active Children Education (PEACE).

The Delta GEMS program objectives include:

  •  to provide tools to achieve academic success
  • to assist adolescent females in proper goal setting and decision-making
  • to assist participants with planning for their future – high school and beyond
  • to create compassionate, caring, community minded young women through service

This program targets females ages 14 to 18, or 9th through 12th grade. Participants must attend a school in Elk Grove Alumnae Chapter’s service area.  This program meets the third Saturday of each month. The first meeting is held in September and the final meeting concludes in May for the academic year. Participants must attend with a parent/guardian the first meeting which is the Delta GEMS Program Orientation to discuss program expectations.

For additional information about Delta GEMS, please email delta.gems@dstelkgrovealumnae.org.

E.M.B.O.D.I. (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence)

The E.M.B.O.D.I. program is designed to refocus the efforts of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. with the support of other major organizations, on the plight of African-American males.  This program is designed to assist African-American males to reach their fullest potential educationally, socially, and emotionally.

This program targets young males ages 13 to 18, or 8th through 12th grade. Participants must attend a school in Elk Grove Alumnae Chapter’s service area.  This program meets the third Saturday of each month. The first meeting is held in September and the final meeting concludes in May for the academic year. Participants must attend with a parent/guardian the first meeting which is the E.M.B.O.D.I. Program Orientation to discuss program expectations.

EGAC looks forward to relaunching this youth initiative program in 2018-2019.

YOLO (You Only Live Once)

YOLO was created to address the needs and interests of high school students relating to physical and mental health, career options, and networking. The program seeks to provide classes that allow for more in depth conversation on specific topics of student interest.

This program targets females and males ages 14 to 18, or 9th through 12th grade. This program is a one day conference. The conference is held in April.

For additional information about YOLO, please email yolo@dstelkgrovealumnae.org.