is designed to plan and implement programs emphasizing scholastic achievement and higher academic development. Locally, the committee implements initiatives designed to address the community’s concerns regarding excellence in education, college preparation and service learning.
DR. BETTY SHABAZZ DELTA ACADEMY
This committee works with at risk young women, ages 11-14 to promote their discovery of themselves by covering the objectives and goals of the signature programs. This committee plans activities to foster and enhance high self-esteem, leadership qualities and academics.
Programming covers encouraging participation in math, science, technology, sisterhood, scholarship and service.
Throughout the Academy program, volunteers inspire young women to become servant leaders and plan a career and collegiate aspirations. The girls were afforded opportunities to interact together, engage in field trips and educational meetings. The monthly meetings are their time to bond and develop new friendships. Parents are given opportunities to interact with their children at designated meetings.
Volunteers strive to help girls who have potential but need guidance, support and skills to achieve success. Further, volunteers endeavor to help create a thirst for those who are interested in cultivating service learning and are looking toward the future with career and collegiate aspirations. Volunteers provide encouragement and support in pursuit of higher learning.
Hands on Technology opportunities
Getting along with others
A local college tour
DR. JEAN L. NOBLES DELTA G.E.M.S.
(Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully)
The Delta G.E.M.S. Committee shall plan activities for girls 14 – 18 to provide interactive lessons that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth. Delta G.E.M.S. program has a proven track record for preparing young girls for academic excellence, college and future careers. The focus continues to assist teens in proper goal setting and planning for the future beyond high school and create compassionate, caring and community-minded young people by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities.
This committee plans a series of structured workshops and activities for teens, which shall help develop servant leadership skills while also providing cultural, social and learning activities. Teens girls must be recommended for membership. The teens visit educational, cultural and business institutions in an effort to interest them in higher education, including black colleges and universities. They operate within their own structured governing body with teen officers. Committee members serve as advisors/sponsors.
Program Highlights Include:
Provided water testing in local streams and clean up river tributaries with a grant awared from River Warden
Participated in the citywide Domestic Violence Walk and Vigil, remembering those persons who have been victims of domestic violence
Collaboration with the Davis Broadcasting supporting the DBI Needy Children's Christmas Party. The G.E.M.S. participated in the Radio-thon to raise needed funds to purchase toys
Presented information on standardized test preparation, college preparation and resume writing using exposure to different careers based on their individual educational level.
Teens received schlolarshp applications to complete and have reviewed and critiqued by volunteers which will be returned to the teens during the next program year with constructive comments and criticism for revision by the teen.
G.E.M.S. visited many educational and business institutions to spark an interest in higher education, careers, and an appreciation for the cultural arts
Won FIRST PLACE in the 31st Anna A. Mims AKA Black Heritage Bowl
E.M.B.O.D.I - The EMBODI
(Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence)
The E.M.B.O.D.I. 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 suggest 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 encourages African-American male to reach their fullest potential educationally, socially and emotionally. Their participation of this program will help them focus on culture, physical & mental health, lifestyules, community service, self image, leadership, and education in the community.
Program Participation Include:
The History of Jabberwock
The “Jabberwock” is an activity peculiar to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The first “Jabberwock” was presented in 1926 in Boston, Massachusetts, by members of Iota Chapter. In an effort to find some new method of raising money for the Iota Chapter’s scholarship fund, Marion Hope Conover conceived the idea of a variety show of a kind that would interest groups and individuals in producing skits, dances, songs and pageant in competition for prizes for varying amounts. The new kind of show was called “Jabberwock”, a title taken from Lewis Carroll’s tale, Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland.
The first “Jabberwock” was an immediate success, and the idea caught on with many other chapters of Delta Sigma Theta. Today, the “Jabberwock’ is considered a Delta institution, and many local communities eagerly anticipate the event. “ Jabberwock” funds are earmarked for scholarships to be given by the sponsoring chapter to young women and men of promise and ability and for public service projects. “Jabberwock’ is a major undertaking and is usually presented biennially by local Deltas. The first Jabberwock was presented by the local members Gamma Rho Sigma in February 1949.
Columbus (GA) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. awarded (20) twenty scholarships totaling $20,800 to
Chattahoochee Valley area high school students.
Delta Life Development Foundation Inc. and Columbus Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. have awarded scholarships to 20 area high school students in a grand total amount of $22,800. The application process is highly competitive and provides one-time general aid scholarships and renewable career-targeted (teacher-education) scholarships to eligible high school seniors. Recipients are selected based upon their academic excellence, extracurricular and community service activities, leadership skills, recommendations, as well as written and oral communication skills.
The 2018 winners
ARTS & LETTERS
This committee coordinates efforts to promote cultural events in our community. Books clubs, theater parties, movie showings are part of the programming. This committee also seeks events to bring to the community to promote the Arts.
Program Participation Include:
Chillin' With the Author
The Black Panther
ADOPTED DAUGHTER SEMINAR AND LUNCHEON
Every third Saturday in March at high noon, school-aged girls from ages five-eighteen years old convene at the Delta Life Development Center for the annual Adopted Daughter Seminar. Girls from the Delta Academy and Delta G.E.M.S. are treated to an afternoon of fine dining while learning tips on self-esteem, etiquette, communications and interacting with hundreds of professional women and business leaders. The Delta Academy members presented educational etiquette tips.This year's special guest was Little Miss Albany State, Madison Graham, who provided a musical Tribute to retired and active duty soldiers.
CHRISTMAS SCHOLARSHIP GALA
This is the annual fund-raising event for scholarships. It is held the third Friday in December. The committee plans and coordinates the event.
PROCEEDS FROM THIS GALA FUNDS THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. OVER 1100 SUPPORTERS ATTENDED THE
DECEMBER, 2017 EVENT RAISING 32,000 FOR THE 2018 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS.
EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT/ASSAULT ON LITERACY
This committee’s primary goal is to improve literacy and reading skills of the community’s youth and adults school session, as well as, provide year-round tutoring and educational reinforcement for students in Colubmus, Georgia and Phenix City, Alabama.
Columbus (GA) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is the proud sponsor of the Mildred L. Terry Library historical Delta Study Room. The Delta Study Room bridges the historical mission of the past library built in 1953, to its present day mission of servicing and engaging the citizens of the surrounding communitites.
The early library, named the Colored/Fourth Avenue Library was built to support community African American citizens as a result of segragation and was named after its first librarian in 1981. The Mildred L. Terry Library was reconstructed and moved to its present location in 2009. Although the original building was declared a historical site, funds were not allocated to preserve the building as such. As a rsult, a room in the newly constructed library was dedicated to the presrvation and display of the original library items. These items included books, the verticle files, and card catalogs with authentic materials.
Columbus (GA) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. heeded the call to support the preservation of the historical educational documents and artifacts of the original library by sponsoring the room dedicated for this prupose. The historical room was thus named the Delta Study Room. The sponsorship of the historical room was completed May 2014.
SENIOR TEENS SEMINAR
The goals of this committee is to provide high school senior girls who has excelled in academics with critical information that should help them with their transition into college and be useful throughout their collegiate matriculation. This committee plans an annual forum for young women who are in the upper 20% of their graduating class and who plan to pursue higher education. Workshops and interactive seminars focus on preparing for college, financial matters, dressing for success, dating etiquette and balancing academics and social life during the first year of college. The seminar is held in May. The scholarship awards are announced at the seminar.