Delta GEMS

deltagemsThe Delta GEMS is a natural outgrowth and expansion program for the continuation of the highly successful Dr. Betty Shabaaz Delta Academy: Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Delta Gems was created to catch the dreams of African American at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18. 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.


The Delta GEMS framework is composed of five major components (Scholarship, Sisterhood, Show Me the Money, Service, and Infinitely Complete), forming a road map for college and career planning. Topics within the five major components are designed to provide interactive lessons and activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth.


If you would like your daughter to become a part of this rewarding experience, please complete the application packet in its entirety (student application, parent consent, media consent, student health history and contract of conduct). Applications without signatures will not be processed until all required signatures are received.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Delta GEMS Co-Chairpersons at

The Delta GEMS program for 2019-2020 is now closed. Please check back in Fall 2020 for the next enrollment session.