Delta GEMS:

Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully


Delta G.E.M.S.  was created to catch the dreams of African American adolescent girls aged 14-18, and is a natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy. Delta GEMS provides the frame work 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 1st Saturday of every month (September – May), 10am – 12:30pm 
  • Gives back to the community through service

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.

The Delta GEMS framework is composed of five major components:

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

These form a road map 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.” 

Applications for Delta GEMS for the 2019 – 2020 academic year are now open.  Please fill out the signup below as well as the Delta G.E.M.S. 2019 Parent-Guardian Risk Management Packet. BOTH ARE NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE.  The Risk Management Packet may be submitted on-line to or you can bring it to the August 25 Open House or September meeting.  Applications will close on Sunday, September 22, 2019.

For additional information about Delta GEMS, please join us on Sunday, August 25, 2019, 4-6pm, for our Delta Academy/Delta GEMS Open House at the Delta Athenaeum, 900 E. Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO (first floor), or contact us at


Download Delta G.E.M.S. 2019 Parent-Guardian Risk Management Packet

Delta G.E.M.S. 2019 Parent-Guardian Risk Management Packet PDF


Delta GEMS Parent Signup:

Delta GEMS Parent Signup