Financial Fortitude is based on the National economic trends, such as unstable employment, the threat to Social Security as we know it, and the widening gap between wealth and poverty. Financial Fortitude is a process that will help program participants to set and define goals, develop a plan to achieve them, and to put the plan into action. The process serves as a blueprint to address all aspects of personal finances.
Dr. Betty Shabazz 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 self-esteem, 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.
Delta GEMS-Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully 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.
EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) 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. EMBODI is designed to address issues that young African-American males face through dialogue, and recommendations for change and action.
INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS & INVOLVEMENT:
Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital was created as a response to the inadequate prenatal and maternity care experienced by women in our ancestral homeland of Africa. Realizing this critical health issue, in 1955, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority began making plans and laying the groundwork to establish a maternity hospital in the east African country of Kenya. Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital has grown to 120 beds. It provides affordable prenatal and postnatal care, nutritional education, child immunization, and family planning.
PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH:
Healthy Lifestyle: Total Woman: Mind, Body, and Spirit is an initiative that works to combat the high incidence of obesity among women. The first priority of our Lifestyle Change Initiative is the Total Woman Healthy Weight Program which challenges chapters to a commitment to achieve healthier weights.
POLITICAL AWARENESS & INVOLVEMENT:
Delta Days in the Nations Capital was instituted in 1989 by the National Social Action Commission as an annual legislative conference to increase members’ involvement in the national public policy-making process. The annual conference includes legislative briefings, issue forums, and advocacy skills development. Featured speakers include key policy makers, members of the United States Congress, Congressional staff members, and national issues experts.
Delta Days at the United Nations is an initiative that is held annually. In March 2003, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. became a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) at the United Nations. Delta Sigma Theta was granted Special Consultative Status as an NGO to the Economic and Social Council of the UN as a result of its volunteer services and humanitarian efforts performed to address issues throughout the world.
Voting Rights is monitored under the National Social Action Commission. In March of 1913, nearly six weeks after its founding, several Delta Sigma Theta Founders marched in the historic Suffragist March under the Delta Sigma Theta Banner, the Sorority’s first public act. Today, low voter turnout statistics highlight the need to continue to identify ways to include opportunities for all citizens to exercise their voting power. Delta Sigma Theta continues to institute programs that advocate:
Δ The reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act.
Δ The repeal of voter disenfranchisement laws.
Δ The full restoration of voting rights for individuals who have paid their debt to society.
Δ The full implementation of the Help America Vote Act.
For more information on any of the programs make sure to check out the national website!!