Educational Development is one of the major programs of our illustrious Sorority’s Five-Point Thrust. Educational Development focuses on the academic betterment of youth in our surrounding community as well as exposure to those educational opportunities within and outside of the community.
The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy program is geared towards middle school females between the ages of 11 and 14. Currently, Delta Academy has between 15 to 20 participants from Asbury Park Intermediate and Neptune Middle School. The program focuses on six components including Sisterhood, Scholarship, Service, Infinitely Complete, Show Me the Money, and Literacy. Participants are exposed to a multitude of activities to include math lessons, guest speakers, arts & crafts, community service, fashion workshops and book discussions.
The Scholarship Committee oversees the disbursement of scholarship applications to Monmouth and Ocean County high schools. Each year, MCAC works to award deserving young ladies scholarships towards their college education. The annual Red & White Affaire serves as MCAC’s only means of raising the necessary funds to award such scholarships and is currently in its 19th year.
Exposing high school juniors and seniors to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is the objective of the College Tour Committee. In past years, MCAC has chartered a bus and taken students to surrounding colleges to include Howard University, Delaware State University, and Morgan State University to name a few. This year, the committee looks to partner with other organizations to bring the tour to fruition. The tour is conducted on an annual basis during Spring Break.
The Educational Development Committee works in conjunction with Calvary Church, Red Bank to provide tutorial assistance to students.
Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) is a signature program sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., for African American at risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18. Delta GEMS was created to “catch the dreams” of adolescent girls. 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.
Delta GEMS framework is composed of six major components forming a road map for college and career planning. Topics within the components are designed to provide interactive lessons and activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth.
- Leadership and Self Esteem
- Financial Literacy
- Community Service
- Health and Wellness
- Arts – Visual and Performing
- Math, Science and Technology