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.” 

Please join us Saturday, September 30, 2023, from 10 am – 1 pm for our Delta GEMS/Delta Academy/EMBODI Open House at the Delta Athenaeum 900 E. Linwood Blvd KCMO 64109.

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