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, and
To create compassionate, caring, and community minded young women by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities.