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Delta Academy and Delta GEMS are youth initiatives sponsored by the Little Rock Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated as educational development & service projects. Our overarching goal is to guide girls into womanhood with educational support and professional guidance that will teach them how to create opportunities for academic success, to enhance their decision-making, communication skills, develop their abilities and talents, to compete in a global society, and become change agents in the transformations of their communities.


The Delta Academy Delta GEMS (DADG) Committee is committed to addressing the many sides of  young girls’ needs. Mentoring encourages our girls to disbelieve stereotypes and become leaders. Our primary aim is to serve as a motivational tool targeting African American female teenagers resulting in an increased knowledge and awareness of issues and concerns affecting women today.


The objectives and goals of the DADG Committee will be accomplished through workshops on:

  • Scholarship (Academic Excellence)

  • Sisterhood (Self Esteem, Health Awareness & Leadership)

  • Showing Me the Money (Financial Awareness)

  • Service (Social Responsibility Obtained Through Community Service)


Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy

Embracing Girl Power on Purpose


The Delta Academy is designed to offer opportunities to young women of great promise who might otherwise be excluded because they lack support, resources, and encouragement. The Delta Academy recognizes the disadvantages many young women in various communities face because of gender, income, age, and parental resources despite the personal potential of the girls themselves. A primary goal of the Academy is to prepare these young women for full participation in the 21ST century world.




The Delta Academy is designed for young women who meet the following criteria:


  Is 11 to 14 years of age.

  Demonstrates great academic and personal promise; lacks support and encouragement.

  Shows interest in developing leadership skills.

  Shows interest in community action and social change.

  Shows interest in non-traditional STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers.

Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta G.E.M.S Institute

GEMS: Jewels in Our Galaxy

The Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) Program is an extension of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy Program. The GEMS Program name and content was changed to become consistent with other teen programs sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Chapters. The focus of the Delta GEMS Program is on teenage girls between the ages of 14-18 and/or grades 9-12.

The Delta GEMS Youth Initiative is designed for:

  ▲ Young women ages 14-18 who are in Grades 9 through 12.

  ▲ Young women who have potential, but need guidance, support and skills to achieve success.

  ▲ Young women who are interested in developing leadership skills.

  ▲ Young women who are actively pursuing college and/or career options.

  ▲ Young women who need encouragement and support in pursuit of higher learning.

  ▲ Young women identified by authorized partners of Delta chapters and/or former Delta Academy participants.