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Youth Programs

All volunteers must go through Risk Management Training, be interviewed by our Risk Management team, and pass a background check. 


The following forms must be filled out by all youth program volunteers.

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Delta Academy

Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. formed the Delta Academy in order to expose eleven through fourteen year old girls to enrichment opportunities in the areas of math, science, computer education and non-traditional careers.  Young ladies are selected for this program who might not otherwise be afforded this opportunity.  The program’s tenets are scholarship, exemplified through exposure to the areas listed above; sisterhood through developing friendships with other participants including those persons leading the program; and service, through a variety of community activities.  

This program allows the members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, to impact the future while not forgetting from whence we came.  With the sorors’ involvement, we can ensure that the future of these girls will be even brighter.

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Delta GEMS

Delta GEMS


A natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful Dr. Betty Shabaaz 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 frame work 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 high school and beyond; 

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 conducts activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth. Delta GEMS, like Delta Academy, is implemented by chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Delta Debutantes

Delta Debutante Scholarship

The Lexington Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosts a bi-annual Debutante Scholarship Program. The six-month program focuses on encouraging higher education and fostering finer womanhood culminating in a formal Ball. Our legacy of preparation has included college tours, developmental workshops, etiquette, and community service. Scholarships are awarded to participating students with more than $31,000 being awarded in 2019-2020 alone. 


Debutante Scholarship Program - 2023-2024

 Debutante Criteria:

Applicant must be a Junior or Senior in high school

Must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average

Must be active in school, church and / or community activities


Must complete an application packet to include the following:

Official high school transcript

Two (2) letters of recommendation from a teacher,

school counselor, religious leader of non-family mentor


Must meet all other criteria as noted in the Debutante Handbook


Must submit "Expression of Interest" document above.

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