Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.-Savannah Alumnae Chapter Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy ended last year with a bang and has kicked off another exciting year.
The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy is an educationally focused program of the sorority. With the idea of “Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women for the 21st Century,” the Delta Academy was created 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 selfesteem, and crippled futures.
Delta Academy provides an opportunity for local Delta chapters to enrich and enhance the education that our young teens receive in public schools across the nation.
Specifically, Deltas help to young ladies’ scholarship in math, science, technology, and opportunities to provide service in the form of leadership. A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century.
During the 2009-2010 year, Savannah Alumnae Chapter Deltas mentored twenty-six (26) young ladies from both private and public middle schools.
The culminating event was a chartered bus a trip to Washington, D.C. on June 24- 26, 2010. During the threeday visit to the nation’s capital, twenty-two young ladies, along with Delta chaperones, toured the Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. National Headquarters and the campus of Howard University.
They also visited several landmarks, including Arlington National Cemetery, where they visited gravesites and watched the ceremonial changing of the guards; the Smithsonian Museums; Natural History Center; the United States Capitol; and the Space Center’s Live Aircraft, where they especially enjoyed the simulated airplane flights.
After leaving Washington, D, C. the young ladies spent several hours at Kings Dominion Theme Park, near Richmond, Va., before returning to Savannah. Accompanying the Delta Academy were: Angelia Dorsey, Delta Academy chairperson; Sharon Quarterman, Co-chairperson; Tiffany Fletcher and Gladys Lambert, committee members; Carolyn Trimble, President, Savannah Alumnae Chapter; Joyce Davis; Bettye Ector; Tracy Richardson and Dorothy Page.
This year, thirty-six (36) young ladies are participating in Delta Academy C.H.A.R.M. School – “Consummating Hopeful Adolescents through Rigorous Mentoring.” The schedule is filled with exciting educational, cultural, social, and physical activities.
The young ladies got off to a great start with a Meet and Greet Kick-off Session and Hip Hop Aerobics – Getting Fit for Service, led by Savannah State University health and physical education instructor, Rebecca Heyward.
Some of the other activities include Introduction to Public Speaking, Dinner Etiquette and Social Graces session, worship services, and several community service projects.
2010-2011 promises to be an educational, fun-filled, memorable year for the Delta Academy young ladies.