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2010 - 2011 Grantee Partners

2010-11 Grantee Partners

The Delta Research and Educational Foundation (The Delta Foundation) is proud to announce its Grantee Partners for the 2010-11 fiscal year.  Program grants have been awarded to the following chapters of Delta Sigma Sorority, Inc. and local community-based organizations for programming in the areas of economic development, educational development, international awareness and involvement, physical and mental health, and political awareness and involvement.

Economic Development

Delta San Francisco-Peninsula Foundation, California
“Reaching Financial Security,” a workshop/forum designed to educate and empower persons from ages 13 to 65 on how to achieve financial security through budgeting, saving, and investing; retirement planning and planned giving; and entrepreneurship.

Franklin Tri-County Alumnae Chapter, Virginia
Personal Care Aide Program offers 40-hour training course for individuals seeking employment in the Home Health Care field.

LACE: LaMarque Alumnae Charitable and Educational Foundation, Texas
“My Future Reality Store,” a financial literacy program for young women between the ages of 14 and 19.

Making it to the Finish Line, Michigan
“ New You—Employment Readiness,”an eight-week employment preparation program offered to African American women in Detroit, teaching basic skills to obtain and retain employment.

Zeta Epsilon Chapter, Coppin State University,  Maryland
“Financial Fortitude: Backpack to Briefcase,” a financial literacy program for students enrolled at the historically Black college/university, Coppin State University.

Educational Development

African Continuum Theatre Company, Washington, D.C.
Off the Circuit Performance Ensemble offers a variety of performing arts opportunities to the residents of Delta Towers, a senior housing complex.  Residents are involved in pre-performance workshops, view live performances at their residence and at a nearby theater, and participate in post-performance discussions. Residents explore theater as a tool for social change.

Ames Alumnae Chapter, Iowa
Delta Academy/Delta GEMS Program engages girls 11 through 18 years old in educational and mentoring activities; program emphasis is on science and technology, African American history, and leadership.

Baltimore Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter, Maryland
Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy engages girls between the ages of 11 to 14 in monthly Saturday educational enrichment and leadership development activities.

100 Black Men of Central Virginia, Virginia
EMBODI Conference, a one-day conference designed for young men in grades 7-12 residing in the Charlottesville, VA community; conference will focus on educational development, social skills, and emotional and mental health wellness as key avenues for achieving success and independence. Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence (EMBODI), is a current signature program of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Burlington Alumnae Chapter, North Carolina
Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence (EMBODI),
a current signature program of  Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. This chapter will present an EMBODI Summit, offering workshops on health, relationships, and professional development.

Central Arkansas Alumnae, Arkansas
Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy and Delta GEMS, a five-session preparation course for taking the following standardized tests: ACT, SAT, and PSAT, will be offered to girls participating in the Delta Academy and Delta GEMS programs. Course content will focus on academic tutoring in mathematics, science, and essay writing.

Charlottesville Alumnae Chapter, Virginia
Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy: Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women for the 21st Century and Dr. Jeanne L. Noble GEMS Institute: Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully, monthly interactive lessons, workshops, and service learning projects will be conducted for girls 11-14 years old (Delta Academy) and high school aged girls 14-18 (Delta GEMS); program emphasis on excelling in science and math, reading, and technology as well as personal development and civic engagement.

Chattanooga Alumnae Chapter, Tennessee
Girls Summit 2011, a one-day conference for girls in grades 6 through 12; conference focuses on personal development, health and wellness, education, and relationships.  Parents of the girls are  invited to attend this free conference.

Delta Fortitude Foundation, Michigan
Salute to Young Heroes/EMBODI, an eight-month program to assist young men with transitioning from teen years to young adulthood; program emphasis: enrichment workshops, community service projects, mentorship, cultural activities, leadership development and self improvement.  Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence (EMBODI), is a current signature program of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Denver Alumnae Chapter, Colorado
ACT Preparation
, a series of workshops will be conducted to prepare high school students to achieve success on the standardized ACT test.

Federal City Alumnae Chapter, Washington, D.C.
Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence (EMBODI)
, a current signature program of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. This chapter’s program is designed to link young men and their mothers with community partners who can address pertinent issues impacting their development vis-à-vis mentorship, direct services of referral. The chapter will also present a Community Day to provide information, entertainment and school supplies for students and their parents; the chapter will partner with other community organizations in the Ward 8 section of Washington, D.C. to support personal development and civic engagement.

Girls, Inc, of Greater Atlanta, Georgia
Our Good Choices/Life Skills Initiative
, an initiative which gives girls the knowledge, skills and instills attitudes necessary to make positive choices for future success. This is a comprehensive program designed to reduce the risk of girls becoming dependent on drugs, engaging in criminal and delinquent behavior, becoming pregnant, and to discourage unhealthy lifestyles.

Hayward Tri-City Alumnae Chapter, California
Technology Training Program
, a four-part training program will be offered to girls between the ages of 13 and 19; the participants, Delta GEMS and Hayward High School students, will receive training in media (cable-TV production), computer design, medical device development, and technology course design.

Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter, Georgia
Delta GEMS and Delta Academy
, The Chapter’s program engages 100 girls, ages 11 through 18, in educational activities, personal development workshop, and cultural enrichment on a monthly basis.

The Memphis Challenge, Tennessee
The Dinner Dialogues
, a literature immersion program designed to expose students of color to contemporary works of non-fiction, foster scholastic achievement, and increase social awareness.  The Dinner Dialogues will occur bimonthly over an eight-month period with scholarly discussions, moderated by a literary professional at various dining establishments.

Montgomery Alumnae Chapter, Alabama
The CLASS (Creating Leaders Aspiring in Scholarship and Service)
Success Leadership Program
, a monthly leadership development initiative for youth in underserved communities; program emphasis is on character building, problem solving, personal and career development, confidence enhancement and creating vision/goals. The CLASS program will culminate with a leadership summit.

North Dallas Suburban Foundation for Life Development & Community Involvement
Delta Academy and Delta GEMS
, a community outreach initiative that will engage 30 to 35 middle and high school girls in cultural, social, and academic experiences while preparing them for community leadership roles.

One Delta Plaza Education Center, Texas
College Prep and Delta Institute
, more than 160 students and their families will participate in this program which focuses on enhancing leadership skills, educational development, and improved standardized test scores of students in the Houston metropolitan area.

Prince George’s County Alumnae Chapter, Maryland
Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence (EMBODI)
, a current signature program of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.  This chapter’s curriculum includes offering monthly workshops to young men, focusing on topics pertinent to achieving independence, personal development, and success.

Slidell Alumnae Chapter, Louisiana
College Tour to Jackson State University’s High School/Community Day, 40 participants from the Delta GEMS (girls age 11-18) will travel to Mississippi to participate in the JSU High School Community Day, where they will be introduced to the University’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) academic courses and related career choices.

Stone Mountain-Lithonia Alumnae, Georgia
College Tour 2011 School Daze—Wake Up
, is an educational program that offers workshops on applying to college and includes touring Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other universities in Alabama and Tennessee.

Zeta Eta Chapter, University of North Texas, Texas
Read-Ins at the Ella Goode Johnson Library
, monthly read-in sessions will be held for the entire family to promote the fundamental value of reading.

Physical and Mental Health

Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Maryland Chapter
The Phythias A. Jones and Virginia I. Jones African American Community Forum on Memory Loss
is held in Baltimore, MD and attended by more than 250 participants who receive information about memory loss, community services, and promising research; overall goal is to provide essential information and support to African American family caregivers of loved ones with dementia.

Charles A. Walburg Multi-Service Organization, New York City
Walburg Meals On Wheels, is a homebound meal delivery program, serving seniors in the Central Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood sections of Upper Manhattan, New York City.

Christian Community Health Center, Illinois
CCHC Discount Prescription Drug Program
, is a component of the pharmacy program that provides prescription drugs at a deeply discounted rate to patients in need.  The CCHC is a community health center that provides primary care, regardless of ability to pay, to predominately low-income African American populations on Chicago’s south side and south suburbs.

Community Advocates for Family & Youth, Maryland
Victim Services Collaborative, provides diverse services to victims of violent crimes in an effort to reduce trauma, provide stability, and ongoing support from pre through post trial.

Glodine Kennedy Foundation, California
Total Health: Mind, Body and Spirit Health Fair
, is an annual community health fair in South Central Los Angeles, where an ethnically diverse and medically underserved population resides.  Health screenings and seminars are offered for cardiovascular disease, mental health, diabetes, obesity management, hearing, vision, HIV/AIDS and other health concerns.

Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter, Georgia
Taboo Tea
, is an annual event where women gather for tea to discuss health related topics: mental illness, depression, domestic violence, sexual dysfunctions and other health matters considered “taboo.”

Inglewood Alumnae Chapter, California
Healthy Cooking for Girls
, girls participating in the chapter’s Delta Academy and Delta GEMS programs will attend regular classes on how to prepare nutritious meals and make healthy food choices; cooking classes will integrate mathematics, science and language art skills; overall impact is to decrease childhood obesity.

Lambda Alpha Chapter, Wisconsin
AIDS Awareness Week
, a week-long series of seminars and prevention activities (viewing films, getting tested, etc.) will be held for the students and campus community at the University of Wisconsin (Whitewater) to decrease the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Metropolitan Dallas Alumnae Chapter, Texas
Safe Dates/Violence Prevention and Awareness Program
aims to reduce and prevent dating abuse problems among youth and improve peer relations.

North Harris County Alumnae Chapter, Texas
“Loving Me,”
a half-day workshop on self love and bullying; emphasis on building self-esteem as the foundation for a teen’s success.

Saginaw Alumnae Chapter, Michigan
Power Play Saturday
, a day devoted to educating and encouraging African American families to embrace healthy lifestyles—incorporating regular exercise and proper nutrition into one’s daily lives; emphasis on achieving heart health.

Political Awareness and Involvement

Shelby County Alumnae Chapter, Tennessee
Ida B. Wells Commemorative Weekend
is designed to empower, nurture and expose women and girls to the rich heritage and legacy of activist and social change agent, Ida B. Wells.  A series of educational, social action, and art and letters activities will be included in the commemoration.

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