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  • Delta Teen Lift




Teen Lift was designed to address the needs of young women who reside within inner cities. The program's main goal is to foster experiences that promote individual pride, purpose and commitment to the communities in which attendees live.
Click below for the 2022- 2023 Teen Lift requirements and application    


The Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter (GCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. invites you to join our youth groups. GCAC continues to have a dynamic impact in our community with  commitment to developing outstanding programming for the youth of Greater Cleveland. Our programs are designed to develop leadership and skills, create awareness for community service, provide a safe space for our youth to learn and grow and to increase exposure. For additional information, we welcome you to learn more about our programs, attend informational events (when advertised) and sign up, or you can contact us by using the emails listed below: 

Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy  | girls ages 11-14 |
Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence   |    boys ages 11-17 |
Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS    |    girls ages 14-17    | 
Delta Teen Moms/ Teen Mother Support   |   
 girls 13-21    | 


Teen Lift was designed to address the educational, social and cultural needs of the inner city youth. Our focus is to assemble youths within the urban communities that are often labeled underachievers, at-risk or impoverished. Our main objective is to provide experiences that develop a sense of pride, purpose and commitment to their communities. Students will engage in a comprehensive transformation process developing their minds. Students will attend workshop sessions covering the following topics: health, political, cultural, educational and economic awareness. In addition , this program will allow the students to broaden their horizons through various activities and field trips.


Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women For the 21st Century: The 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 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.


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; and

● 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 Teen Mothers Support

The Teen Mother Support Group focuses on teaching new mother’s life skills to enable them to build and cultivate happy and healthy families. Participants will not only receive giveaways at each meeting, but they will also have the opportunity to receive scholarships for higher education!


Events include:

  • Exposure Field Trips (in and out of town)

  • HBCU College Fair

  • Healthy Eating and Meal Prep Lesson

  • Oh! The Places You Will Go Passport Experience

  • Kwanzaa Celebration

  • #GOALS: Vision Board Creation

  • Teen Dating Violence

  • Ta l k i t O U T

  • End of Year Celebration


The 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. 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. EMBODI addresses issues related to STEM education, culture, self-efficacy, leadership, physical and mental health, healthy lifestyles choices, character, ethics, relationships, college readiness, fiscal management, civic engagement and service learning.

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