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Educational Development

The three programs our chapter focuses on in Education Development are as follows:

Delta Academy

Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy

Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women for the 21st Century: The Delta Academy was created in 1996 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 local chapters to enrich and enhance the education that our young teens receive in public schools across the nation. Specifically, we augment their scholarship in math, science, and technology, their opportunities to provide service in the form of leadership through service learning defined as the cultivation and maintenance of relationships. A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century. 

LAC Description:

The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy provides an opportunity for the Lancaster, CA Alumnae members to enrich and enhance the education that our young teens receive at home and school across the nation. Delta Academy is a program designed for young ladies who are:

●      Middle school girls aged 11-14

●      Interested in self-development, community action/social change, and educational scholarship

●      Interested in math, science, and technology (STEM)


2022 – 2023 Focus:

STEMulating Experiences for Youth

Meeting Frequency:

3rd and 4th Saturday of every month starting

from 10:00 A.M. – 11:30 A.M. 

Over the years, our Delta Academy and Delta G.E.M.S. programs have engaged the participants in the following activities:

  • Cultural events- Theatre

  • Robotics

  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) activities

  • Etiquette

  • Writing

  • Book Club

  • Dramatic Arts

  • Fitness for Health

  • Nutrition

  • Personal Hygiene (Face and Hair)

  • Non-traditional Careers Seminars

  • College visits

  • Museums

  • Financial Workshop

  • Delta Days at the Capital (Social Action and meeting state legislators)

  • Rose Parade (Float decorations)

  • Volunteer for Easter Egg Hunt activities

  • Volunteer at the senior center (Hosted Senior Prom day)



Dr. Jeanne L. Nobel Delta G.E.M.S.


Delta G.E.M.S. (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) is a natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy: Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Delta GEMS 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. The goals for Delta GEMS are: 


  • To instill the need to excel academically; 

  • To provide tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success; 

  • To assist girls in proper goal setting and planning for their futures in 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. 

The Delta GEMS program offers a road map for college and career planning through activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth. Delta GEMS, like Delta Academy, is implemented by chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Delta GEMS participants have the opportunity to define and “Discover their individual Brilliance.”


Lancaster CA Alumnae Chapter of 

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a public service sorority which was founded in 1913 by 22 students at Howard University, in Washington, DC. Our founders envisioned an organization committed to serious endeavor and community service. The Lancaster (CA) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is committed to serving the greater Antelope Valley community. As one of our major public service programs, we have established scholarships to enable qualified applicants to continue their education. 


Scholarship applications become available annually at the beginning of January. The application package is currently closed for the 2024 year.

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