Five-Point Programmatic Thrust
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has clearly distinguished itself as a public service organization that boldly confronts the challenges of African Americans and, hence, all Americans. Over the years, a wide range of programs addressing education, health, international development, and strengthening of the African American family have evolved. In realizing its mission, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. provides an extensive array of public service initiatives through its Five-Point Programmatic Thrust of:
International Awareness and Involvement
Physical and Mental Health
Political Awareness and Involvement
The Economic Development Committee, the first of our Five Programmatic Thrust, is committed to encouraging and empowering communities served by the Nashville Alumnae Chapter to become financially literate and economically self-sufficient.
To address the need for economic development, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. developed Financial Fortitude, an initiative specifically designed to promote understanding of all aspects of the financial system, including but not limited to, budgeting, homeownership, personal wealth management, entrepreneurship, and the steps to financial freedom.
In alignment with our national initiative, the Economic Development Committee presented a series of workshops on Financial Freedom including Dinners and Dollars, Mind your Budget, and Kingdom Finances for Kingdom Building.
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Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy
Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women for the 21st Century: 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 rippled 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.
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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.
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The International Awareness and Involvement Committee is actively involved in creating and increasing the awareness of programs and events that focus on the African Diaspora by offering support through established programs in communities throughout the world. Specifically, this committee seeks to focus on assisting and advocating for the underprivileged, impoverished, and under-represented people of color in our international community.
The committee works to identify and create awareness and solutions to issues affecting women of color and their families globally. In order to maximize our efforts, Nashville Alumnae Chapter partners with others that share its public service goals, such as W.O.M.E.N. (Women On Maintaining Education and Nutrition) to increase awareness of and support for women living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
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Physical & Mental Health
The Physical and Mental Health Committee works diligently to educate African-American communities about health issues that most impact our longevity. While many of the committee’s activities align with the national sorority’s physical and mental health focus such as the DeltaCare initiative which promotes self-care through physical wellness, emotional wellness, and awareness/advocacy, we also focus on specific challenges that directly affect our local communities.
The committee has developed programming related to lack of movement, obesity, breast cancer, domestic violence and mental health/depression. This committee continues to partner with the American Cancer Society, conduct Delta Care - Self-Care Sunday and Deltas Fit to Serve.
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Political Awareness and Involvement (Social Action)
Political Awareness and Involvement provides community programs designed to enhance political awareness and efforts to amplify the importance of voting. Our work serves as a vehicle for advocacy, social, and public policy change. The committee serves the chapter as a non-partisan resource. It endeavors to encourage the membership to take a more active role in the political process and to fulfill their civic responsibility. The committee is actively involved in local, state and national political issues. The chapter's activities include:
Voter Registration Drives
"Get Out the Vote" Rallies
Political Awareness Forums
Educational Awareness Seminars
Delta Days at the Capitol
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