Delta GEMS is all about capturing the dreams of at-risk African American teenagers and helping to transform those dreams into productive and successful womanhood. This NDSA program challenges participants through the performance of specific tasks that develop a “Can Do” attitude and spirit. Delta GEMS encourages participants, ages 14 through 18, to bring their “A” game to all their efforts — especially inside the classroom. This program strives to:
- Instill the need to excel academically
- Provide tools that enable teens to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success
- Assist in proper goal-setting and planning for the future, in high school and beyond
- Create compassionate, caring and community-minded young women by actively involving them in the mechanics of service to others and community service opportunities.
Delta GEMS is an important stepping stone on the pathway to productive and successful womanhood. Lessons learned during the workshop sessions are valuable throughout the lives of our young teen participants. As a chapter within a national organization of college-educated women, NDSA holds programs like Delta GEMS in the highest esteem.