Meet Our 2017-2019 Chairs
Natalie Thompson Lunsford
The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy was created out of an urgent sense that bold action is needed to save our young females from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures. Delta Academy is an opportunity to enrich the education of girls’ ages 11-14 receive in public schools across the nation. Specifically, we will augment their scholarship in math, science and technology, their opportunities to provide service in the form of leadership through service learning and their sisterhood defined as the cultivation and maintenance of relationships. Delta Academy is an opportunity to illuminate the role of culture in education.
During Academy sessions, activities are centered on math, science, technology, self-esteem, etiquette 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.
Recent activities conducted by the Knightdale – Wake Forest Alumnae Chapter Delta Academy participants include College Tours to: Shaw University, North Carolina Central University, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Participants also engaged in High Tech High Touch science programs, visits to Senior Citizens homes, CPR/First Aid Programs, Plays and an End of Year trips to Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC.
Activities for the Delta Academy Year include the theme of:
The Transformation of Me
|Knowing Me||Developing Me||Preparing Me|
Dr. Jeanne L. Nobles Delta GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) Institute focuses on programs and activities that sharpen and enhance the skills of young African-American teenagers between the ages of 14 – 18 by:
- Promoting high levels of academic success,
- Assisting young women in proper goal setting,
- Developing compassionate, caring, community-minded young women; and
- Emphasizing decision-making and planning for the high school years and beyond.
Knightdale-Wake Forest Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. reaches out to young women who have not met their full academic potential by exposing them to workshops and discussions that highlight the five major components:
- Scholarship (Academic Excellence)
- Sisterhood (Self-esteem and health awareness)
- Financial Awareness (Show us the Money)
- Service (Community service activities)
- Infinitely Complete (Rites of Passage)
By incorporating these five components, we will form a roadmap for college and career planning. Our topics are designed to provide interactive lessons and activities that provide opportunities for self reflection and individual growth.
Our goal is to enrich the lives of our youth and prepare them for academic success in high school as well as post-secondary school (i.e., college or military). In the past years, we have taken the young ladies on tours of HBCUs as well as local industrial corporations to expose them to life outside of high school. We are invested in the young ladies that we assist and do not take this responsibility lightly.
The EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) program is designed to refocus the efforts of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. with the support and action of other major organizations, on the plight of African-American males. EMBODI was created out of an urgent sense that “bold action is needed to save our young males from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures”.
Both informal and empirical data suggests that African American males continue to be in crisis and are not successful educationally, socially, and emotionally. EMBODI is designed to address these issues through dialogue, recommended strategies, programs and activities.
Knightdale – Wake Forest Alumnae’s EMBODI program is aimed at young African American males ages 13 – 18. Our program will focus on workshops to support and assist young men with reaching their fullest potential.
The goals of EMBODI are:
- To expand the horizons of young African American males by cultivating a personal vision for their lives;
- To provide tools for young African American males to attain a higher quality of life;
- To provide young African American males with an awareness of various college and career options to make rewarding life choices and decisions; and
- To create community-minded young African American males by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities.
The Program serves as a motivational tool for African American teenage males with the ultimate goal of increasing their knowledge and awareness of issues affecting young men today.