The Educational Development Committee was created to implement public service programs centred on the Sorority’s educational programmatic thrust through Delta Academy, Delta G.E.M.S. and Teen Forum.
The goals of the Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter (MRAC) Educational Development Committee are to:
- Impact the lives of the students we serve in a positive manner
- Creatively plan and implement relevant programs and projects
- Encourage and stimulate academic and social development.
Delta Academy is a mentoring program created out of an urgent sense that bold action is needed to save our young women from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and negative images in society.
The goals of the program are to focus on the social, physical and emotional development of our young women in grades 6-8 and to prepare them for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century. We provide structured learning activities that focus on topics such as self-esteem, empowerment, education, community/public service, leadership skills, healthy eating and exercising, and enhancing their talents and interests.
Delta GEMS, the acronym for Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully, was created to help African American young women grades 9-12 realize their dreams. The Delta G.E.M.S 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.
The goals are to instill the need to excel academically; to sharpen and enhance skills to achieve high levels of academic success; to assist in proper goal setting and planning for the future, 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.
Mentoring/bonding sessions for Delta Academy and Delta G.E.M.S take place the third Saturday of every month from August – May (unless otherwise noted). All mentors in the program are members of Marietta-Roswell Alumnae Chapter (MRAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and go through an extensive application and screening process. Interested young women must complete an application and be selected to participate in the programs.
During the month of March, MRAC’s Teen Forum had approximately 300 Metro Atlanta students and their parents in attendance. The students were able to engage with leading Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math professionals and learn about the skills and opportunities that are positively disrupting our learning, business and career landscapes.
Students and parents/guardians had a light breakfast, lunch and morning and afternoon workshop tracks presented by subject-matter experts in our event’s five STEAM focus areas. The event workshops featured topics within Nutritional Wellness, Financial Wellness, Mental Wellness, Digital Wellness and Fitness.
The event was free and open to the public.