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The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy is a national initiative of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Delta Academy is named for the outstanding and accomplished widow of Malcolm X, a registered nurse who ultimately earned a doctorate degree in higher education administration and curriculum development. The Delta Academy was created out of an urgent sense that bold action is needed to address the issues confronting our young females, such as academic failure and low self-esteem.  


The symbol for the Delta Academy is the Dream Catcher. A Dream Catcher, from Native American culture, is believed to possess the power to capture bad dreams, entangling them in the catcher’s web, thus allowing only good dreams to pass through and into the person’s being. The Delta Academy is a dream catcher! It helps its members recognize, receive and plan for reaching their dreams. Through the program, the young ladies learn to make their dreams a part of their being and a foundation for their future.


The goals of the Delta Academy are achieved through challenging and fun activities, field trips, and other special incentives. Particular emphasis is placed on math, science, technology, self-esteem, non-traditional careers, community service, learning skills, and leadership development. The Delta Academy, specially designed for young ladies 11 – 14 years of age, will provide scholarship, service activities, and sisterhood enrichment opportunities for young ladies to prepare them for the 21st century and beyond.  


We are seeking young ladies who are interested in developing their leadership skills, in exploring career opportunities in computers and technology, and in being exposed to new ideas and experiences. All of this will take place in a fun and safe environment. The Delta Academy will meet on the third Saturday of each month. Dates may fluctuate depending upon holidays and special program activities.

2022-2023 Youth Initiative Application:

Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy

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