The mission of the Educational Development programs is to impact the lives of the youth in our community by inspiring, motivating, and supporting their aspirations and achievements. We seek to influence and inspire students to excel academically while balancing a well-rounded social life. All programs
offer opportunities for participants to develop and enhance their skills and
develop opportunities for academic excellence, leadership and self-esteem, community service, health and wellness.
2022 Youth Initiatives Application
The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, a national sorority initiative, is a free program for young ladies in grades 6th-8th. Delta Academy provides an opportunity to enrich and enhance the education that our young teens receive in public schools. The program offers mentoring, educational activities, and service learning opportunities. A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century.
The GEMS, the acronym for Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully, was created to help young women realize their dreams. The program targets young ladies in grades 9-12.
The goals of GEMS are to provide tools that enables young ladies to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success; to assist girls in proper goal setting, and decision making; and planning for their futures; and to create compassionate, caring, community-minded young women by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities.
The EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) is an initiative designed to address issues facing males in grades 7-12. With an evolving focus on education, physical health, social and emotional issues, EMBODI serves as a motivational tool that positively uplifts and reenergizes their educational focus. In addition, EMBODI provides these young males with structured goals, increases their knowledge and awareness of issues facing them today and provides them with the necessary tools they need to make good decisions.