The Saint Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter is proud to be the 2016-2017 and 2018-2019 recipient of the Central Region's Distinguished Service Award in Educational Development. As a chapter we strongly believe in providing outstanding mentorship and support to youth in the Saint Louis area. Our youth programs start as low as age 5 all the way to 18.
Our 2019-2020 youth programs are currently full, but we encourage you to read more on each individual program for opportunities to enroll your child next year.
The Saint Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter is unique in its formation of the younger group of the Delta Educational program. In 2012, we renamed this youngest program Vipepeo - the Swahili word for butterflies - to emphasize that our young women were still growing, changing, and developing wings to take flight.
The program follows the national programs by exposing participants to scholarship in math, science and technology. We place an emphasis on the attainment of the history and culture of people of African descent and the contributions they - particularly women - make to the world. There is a focus on “getting to know self” and building self- confidence through public speaking and writing projects.
“Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women for the 21st Century,” Betty Shabazz Delta Academy was created out of an urgent sense that bold action was needed to save young girls from the perils of academic failure and low self- esteem.
The Saint Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter enriches and enhances the education that our young teens receive in schools. Specifically, we augment their scholarship in math, science, and technology; their opportunities to provide service in the form of leadership through service-learning; and their sisterhood, defined as the cultivation and maintenance of relationships. A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st century.
As an expansion to the Delta Academy, Delta GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) was created to catch the dreams of African American at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18. Delta GEMS provides the frame work to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a “CAN DO” attitude.
The Delta GEMS 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. Topics within the five major components are designed to provide interactive lessons and activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth.
RITES OF PASSAGE
The Rites of Passage Program is adopted from the ancient African tribal Rites of Passage ceremony and still holds true to its meaning of presenting a system of socialization and education that each participant (mahavavay) must master before the community sanctions the title of "woman". It includes a set of guidelines, workshops, activities, personal and group tasks, field trips, trials and rituals based upon African principles and traditions that each young lady will experience.
This program focuses on participants learning leadership skills, providing exposure to African and African-American history and art, sisterhood bonding experiences and much more! The culminating event of the program titled Jabberwock allows all participants to showcase their talents while raising funds for scholarships.
The EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) program is designed to refocus the efforts of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., with the support and
action of other major organizations, on the plight of African-American males.
EMBODI is symbolic of empowering young African American males in middle and high school to see themselves as a person of great worth who can take his place with a life of meaning and accomplishment. The programming focuses on several topics impacting our young males specifically, including but not limited to: resilience and responsibility; conflict resolution and restorative justice; protection and safety; service learning; family and community.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter's EMBODI program will meet once per month consisting of workshops, community activities, a panel discussion, and end of year celebration.