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Educational Development

Updated: Nov 14, 2020


Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow – Preparing Young Women for the 21st Century. The Delta Academy began June 1997 by the National Program Planning and Development Committee of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Using the Native American symbol, “dream catcher”, the Academy was created to assist young ladies (ages 11-14) to catch their dreams and aspiration for the future.

Currently, Oakland East Bay Alumnae Chapter’s Delta Academy is composed of Middle School girls in grades 6th – 8th, who live in Oakland, California and surrounding areas.  This year, girls are guided in programs that focus on developing a positive self-esteem, exploring STEM through music, and community engagement. 

Applications for the 2018-2019 Sorority NOW Open! (Open to girls ages 11-14 in grades 6th – 8th )

Apply Online Here or Print and Download a paper application and mail to: 

Oakland East Bay Alumnae Chapter (OEBAC) Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. P.O. Box 2149, Oakland, CA 94621

The Oakland East Bay Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, welcomes you to apply for our 2018-2019 Delta Academy!! Applications are NOW LIVE!!  and the DEADLINE To apply EXTENDED to March 9th.Any middle school girl age 11- 14 can apply by simply visiting the  you’ll find the electronic application  or you can download and print pdf. of the application under our programs for  Educational Development.For questions please email

Please email Stephanie Erwin or Ebonee Slater at with any questions.

Delta Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully (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 was created to catch the dreams of African-American, 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; andTo 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.”

Information on OEBAC Delta GEMS program coming soon!


Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence The 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 suggests that the vast majority of African-American males continues to be in crisis and is not reaching its fullest potential educationally, socially and emotionally. EMBODI is designed to address these issues through dialogue, and recommendations for change and action.

Information on our EMBODI program coming soon!

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