Educational Development

The Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS was created to catch the dreams of African American American at-risk,      adolescent girls aged 14-18. Delta GEMS provides the framework 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 for girls ages 14 to 18  ​

The Delta GEMS program is no longer accepting applications for the 2018-2019 year.

The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy provides an opportunity 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. ​This program is for girls 11 to 14.  

The Delta Academy program is no longer accepting applications for the 2018-2019 year.

On April 26,1978, the Toy Library Program began.Toy Library started as a Toy and Book Lending Library for children, and blossomed into the educational program that it is today. This program soon became a signature community service project of the Quaker City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

For many years, the chapter has partnered with the GAPS program – Grandparents As Parents – which is for grandchildren being raised by their grandparents (a common epidemic in Philadelphia and elsewhere). The Toy Library children participate in educational sessions that teach such things as reading (Reading Buddies), playing fair, arts, anti-bullying, community service, and the importance of being a good person. The children are taken on field trips, showing them things they might otherwise not experience, such as trips to museums, plays, farms, and nature centers. This year, the Toy Library celebrates 40 years of continuous service to the children of the City of Philadelphia. 

The Toy Library Program is no longer accepting applications for the 2018-2019 year.