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SERVICE IN OUR HEART

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. boasts a remarkable legacy of public service spanning over a century! Our unwavering commitment to confronting the challenges faced by the African American community and all of America, truly sets us apart as a beacon of hope. With programs focused on education, health, international development, and strengthening the African American family – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. relentlessly pursues our mission with fervor. Through our Five-Point Programmatic Thrust, we offer a truly extensive array of public service initiatives. As we look to the future, may we be inspired by the powerful example set by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in fearlessly standing up for what is right and pursuing positive change for all.

Economic Development

The chapter has hosted various financial fitness opportunities over the years.

Physical and Mental Health

Chapter programs have included the Red S.H.O.E. Challenge and number mental health forums and sessions throughout the community. As an organization of predominantly African American women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is uniquely positioned to impact not only the well-being of its membership, but also the families and communities we serve. The DeltaCare initiative is an internal wellness initiative under the programmatic thrust of Physical and Mental Health. It was created to promote self-care through physical wellness, emotional wellness, and awareness/advocacy. Specifically, the Red S.H.O.E. challenge is the physical health component of DeltaCare that encourages members to engage in healthy behaviors. S.H.O.E. is an acronym for Self-care, Healthy Options, and Exercise.

International Awareness & Involvement

The chapter highlights World Aids Day annually.

Political Awareness & Involvement

Delta Sigma Theta has been committed to service through social action since our founding in 1913. Our 22 Founders participated in the Suffrage March of 1913, just two months after establishing the Sorority, and our members have been at the forefront of social and political struggles ever since.

 

Our chapter hosts Delta Day at the State Capital and a series of Deltas Building Democracy sessions annually

Educational Development

The chapter has had an EMBODI program. The EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) program is designed to refocus the efforts of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, 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 continue to be in crisis and are not reaching their 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 lifestyle choices, character, ethics, relationships, college readiness, fiscal management, civic engagement and service learning.

The chapter is currently developing a community-based Delta Academy in the Charleston area. Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women for the 21st Century: The 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 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.

Delta Academy has taken many forms. In some chapters, the Academies are after-school or Saturday programs; others are weekly or biweekly throughout the school year; and still other programs occur monthly. At a minimum, chapters plan and implement varied activities based upon the needs of the early adolescents in their areas. The activities implemented most often include computer training, self-esteem and etiquette workshops, field trips for science experiences and for college exposure, and special outings to cultural events, fancy dinners, museums, plays, and concerts.