Program Planning & Development Initiatives

Economic Development

National economic trends, such as unstable employment, the threat to Social Security as we know it, and the widening gap between wealth and poverty are the bases for the development of Financial Fortitude, the current Economic Development Program Initiative of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Financial Fortitude is a process that will help program participants to set and define goals, develop a plan to achieve them, and to put the plan into action. The process serves as a blueprint to address all aspects of personal finances. 


Financial planning, money management, consumer education, investments and employment opportunities are but a few of Decatur Alumnae’s concerns under Economic Development. Through workshops and programs participants become knowledgeable of available resources, and how to improve their financial stability and overall quality of life.

Educational Development

Betty Shabazz Delta Academy

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. Delta Academy provides an opportunity for Decatur Alumnae members to enhance the education of students from the DeKalb County School District. Delta Academy meets monthly. The young women participate in a variety of activities on topics including: health and fitness, civic awareness, and self-esteem. Participants will also have the opportunity to go on field trips for college exposure or other special outings like cultural events, museums, plays, or concerts.


Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS Institute

The Delta GEMS program was created to catch the dreams of African American at – risk, adolescent girls aged 14 – 18. Delta GEMS provides the framework to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a CAN DO attitude. Through the GEMS experience, the participants will hopefully develop into compassionate, community minded, successful young women. 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. Topics within the five major components are designed to provide interactive lessons and activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth.



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. Both informal and empirical data suggests that the vast majority of African-American males continue to be in crisis and are not reaching their fullest potential educationally, socially and emotionally. EMBODI is designed to address these issues through dialogue and recommendations for change and action. 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.


International Awareness and Involvement

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has an extensive history of involvement in international issues.  The International Awareness and Involvement Committee is charged with increasing knowledge and action on topics affecting people of color around the globe.  The committee seeks to organize programs and events that will shine a light on the world’s critically important social and political matters with a specific focus on issues affecting people of African descent.  Decatur Alumnae’s programs and initiatives remain closely aligned with National and Regional objectives.


Physical and Mental Health

As an organization of predominantly African-American women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is uniquely positioned to impact not only the well-being of its membership, but also the well-being of families and communities at large. From implementing the National Physical & Mental Health Awareness Initiative to participating and planning local programs, we have a commitment to educate, both the internal and external, communities while encouraging action to recognize, address and eliminate the health disparities; as well as, the sensitive social issues that are wreaking havoc on our members, families, neighbors and the African-American community as a whole.


Political Awareness and Involvement

Political Awareness and Involvement emphasizes involvement and education on social and political issues. These issues include, but are not limited to, voter registration, voter education, and candidate’s forums. Some of our activities include annual participation in Delta Days at the Capitol; voter registration drives; providing unbiased information on local, state and national elections and initiatives; and supporting communication to local, state and federal elected officials in support or opposition to proposed legislation.