Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy


The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy is a unique program designed for young ladies ages 11-14 years.  The goals of the Academy are to enhance or spark interest in math, science, technology and/or careers where minority women are scarcely represented.  The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy’s aim is to shape well rounded young women by focusing on African American history, literacy, character development, healthy choices and service learning.  Many young ladies have tremendous potential, however they are not afforded the opportunity to broaden themselves, express their curiosity, and experience new and different things early on.

During Academy sessions, activities are centered around math, science, technology, book club, and African American history.  In addition to building character, self-esteem, and giving back to the community through service learning, field trips are planned to museums and other sites designed to enhance the knowledge of the participants in the identified focus areas.  These young ladies experience endless possibilities.

The symbol for the Delta Academy is the Dream Catcher, which in Native American culture is believed to possess the power to capture bad dreams, entangling them in a web; thus allowing only the good dreams to pass through the center of the dream hoop into the person’s being.

The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy is designed for:

  • Young ladies, 11 to 14 years of age, who have potential for success, but limited opportunities;
  • Young ladies who are interested in developing themselves and sharpening various skills (i.e. literacy, math and science);
  • Young ladies identified by schools, churches, youth groups or concerned individuals, as candidates;
  • Young ladies interested in service, education, and technology;
  • Young ladies who enjoy learning new things;
  • Young ladies who express interest in math, science, technology or other non-traditional careers;
  • Young ladies who are overlooked or left out of special programs at their schools because of perceptions that they may not be able to overcome financial, personal or academic obstacles in their lives

Delta Academy meets on the 2nd Saturday of each month, beginning September until June of every year from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Callahan Community Center. Past activities have included: Math and Science Enrichment Activities, Career Expos, Etiquette & Manners, Self Esteem, Kwanzaa and Black History through the eyes of young ladies.

For more information, please contact youthgroups@oacdst.org.

Please note the following on the application: PLEASE RETURN THE APPLICATION TO: Orlando Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. P.O. Box 555238, Orlando, FL 32855, Attention: Delta Academy.


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