Five-Point Programmatic Thrust
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide services and programs to promote human welfare. A sisterhood of more than 200,000 predominately African-American, college-educated women, the sorority currently has over 900 chapters located in the United States, Japan, Germany, Bermuda, Haiti, Liberia, the Bahamas, the Republic of Korea and the Virgin Islands. The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization's Five-Point Programmatic Thrust:
Financial planning, money management, consumer education, investments and employment opportunities are but a few of Delta's "money concerns" under economic development. Delta's most outstanding effort in support of the communities it serves is the Adopt-A-Black Business program. The aim of this program is to assist Black entrepreneurs to reach a product "self-sufficiency level" in business. Our chapter provides homeownership, financial management and consumer education to the community and chapter through our Homeownership Program, Financial Management Program and Financial Fortitude programs. For example, the Homeownership Program consists of presenting workshops to members of the community that address the home buying process. At the conclusion, participants are more knowledgeable about the importance of good credit and other relevant aspects of being prepared to buy their first home.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority seeks to promote academic excellence among its members as well as within the communities served by local chapters. From the national level, Delta awards scholarships and grants to members to underwrite their studies in law, communications, and science at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Also, Delta chapters can receive grants to subsidize locally sponsored programs in career education, financial, and other educational areas.
Annually, NACAC awards scholarships to high school students and adult women seeking to further their education. We present these awards at our Annual Prayer Breakfast. On an on-going basis, NACAC sponsors the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, the Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS Institute and the EMBODI Boys Leadership and Mentoring Academy as a means for helping to enhance the academic and social successes of girls and boys ages 11 to 18. We work closely with area schools to offer tutoring and mentoring services, including college and SAT preparation.
International Awareness and Involvement
Delta has a rich history of involvement in the international arena. The building and maintenance of a maternity wing at the Thika Memorial Hospital in Kenya, West Africa, to Delta's identification of 1987 at the "Delta International Year" underscores Delta's commitment to understanding the world. The "African Diaspora," a Delta Cultural Awareness/Study Program, focused on the dispersion of the peoples and cultures of Africa through the continents of North and South America, Europe, Asia and the island countries in the eastern and western hemispheres. Our chapter’s activities have varied from soliciting support for global projects, such as Haitian Releif Project, Thika Memorial Hospital in East Africa, to collecting books, shoes, medical supplies and personal items for distribution to foreign countries.
Physical and Mental Health
Concerns about America's physical and mental health have not escaped Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Delta's work in prevention and "wellness" translates to health education programs, health fairs and the provision of health care services. Delta also supports medical research that examines illnesses that victimize specific segments of the country's population. Our Chapter conducts health awareness workshops to the community, supports educational and charitable initiatives for children and their families, the elderly, and others; coordinates activism in local and national health-related issues and forums; current focus is on HIV/AIDS in the African American Community, Alzheimer's Disease, Cancer and Domestic violence. In addition we sponsor an Annual Valentines Day party for seniors at Pinewood East Nursing home. This program is provided in conjunction with the Dr. Betty Shabazz Academy and Delta Gems Institute.
Political Awareness and Involvement
Though non-partisan in nature and purpose, Delta understands the importance of and the need for an informed electorate. Delta's concern for the public's "need-to-know" and the enfranchisement of all Americans has been the philosophical basis for public service programs in this area. Voter registration and voter education programs, workshops and seminars highlighting elected public official assessment and accountability are ongoing. Our chapter provides voter registration and training to the community and chapter. We promote social activism, targeted advocacy, and ongoing education specific to current and evolving local, state, national and international issue. The chapter participates in a Delta Day at the State Capital, Delta Days in the Nation's Capital, and a Delta Day at the United Nations.