Delta G.E.M.S. (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) was created to “catch the dreams of African American adolescent girls in 9th – 12th grades”, and is a natural continuation of the highly successful Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy. Delta GEMS provides the framework to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a CAN DO attitude.

Delta GEMS:

  • Serves the greater Kansas City Missouri area.
  • Meets the 2nd Saturday of each month (November – April) from 10 am – 12 pm 
  • Gives back to the community through service.

The goals of 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 high school futures and beyond; and 
  • To create compassionate, caring, and community-minded young women by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities.

Five major components of the Delta GEMS framework:

  • Scholarship
  • Sisterhood 
  • Show Me the Money 
  • Service 
  • Infinitely Complete

Combined these components form a roadmap for college and career planning. Topics within the five major components are designed to provide interactive lessons and activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth. Delta GEMS participants have the opportunity to define and discover their individual brilliance.” 

If you missed our Youth Initiative Open House, please reach out to for an opportunity to get your child involved. The deadline is October 13, 2023.

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