Delta GEMS

A natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy: Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Delta GEMS provides the frame work to actualize the dreams of African-American girls aged 14-18  through the performance of specific tasks that develop a CAN DO attitude.

Delta GEMS, the acronym for Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully, was created to help African American young women grades 9-12 realize their dreams. 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 are to instill the need to excel academically; to sharpen and enhance skills to achieve high levels of academic success; to assist in proper goal setting and planning for the future, high school and beyond; and to create compassionate, caring, and community minded young women by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities.

This year the sessions will take place the third Saturday of every month from October – May. All mentors in the program are members of Valley Forge Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and go through an extensive application and screening process. Interested young women must complete an application and be selected to participate in the programs.

Registration for the 2023-2024 Delta GEMS and Delta Academy program year is now closed!

Please contact the Delta GEMs Chairs at for any questions.