Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.


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Since its founding in 1913, Delta Sigma Theta has clearly distinguished itself as a public service organization that boldly confronts the challenges of African Americans and, hence, all Americans. Over the years, a wide range of programs addressing education, health, international development, and strengthening of the African American family have evolved. In realizing its mission, Delta Sigma Theta provides an extensive array of public service initiatives.

The major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust.

The Chesapeake-Virginia Beach Alumnae Chapter strives to implement programs that fall under our National Guidelines:

Educational Development Programs

Educational Development

Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy

A program designed to save young females (ages 11-14) from the prerils of academic failure and low self-esteem. A primary goal of this program is to prepare young girls to be leaders in the 21st century.

Delta GEMS

(Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) A program to “catch the dreams” of at-risk adolescent girls ages 14-18. Delta GEMS provides the framework to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a CAN DO attitude.


(Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) A program to enhance the lives of African American male teenagers by addressing educational, intellectual, and social needs.


A biennial debutante-style extravaganza pageant which includes a series of educational, cultural, and community service activities involving local female high school juniors and seniors.

May Week

A program developed to promote academic achievement by honoring and highlighting African American female high school honor graduates.

Economic Development Program

Economic Development

Financial Fortitude

The Financial Fortitude initiative is comprised of ten components and provides a collaboration of information from major economic corporations and other well-known financial institutions. The ten components include: Goal Setting, Financial Planning, Budgeting, Debt Management, Savings & Investments, Retirement Planning, Homeownership, Insurance, Estate Planning, and Entrepreneurship.

The initiative helps members of the Sorority spread financial education throughout their local communities.



Restoration of Rights

A program designed to educate and assist individuals who have been through the criminal justice system in regaining their right to vote.

Voter Registration

Numerous local voter registration opportunities have been organized and facilitated in our community.

Physical & Mental Health Program

Physical & Mental Health


As an organization of predominantly African American women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is uniquely positioned to impact not only the well-being of its membership, but also the families and communities we serve. The DeltaCare initiative is an internal wellness initiative under the programmatic thrust of Physical and Mental Health. It was created to promote self-care through physical wellness, emotional wellness, and awareness/advocacy. Specifically, the Red S.H.O.E. challenge is the physical health component of DeltaCare that encourages members to engage in healthy behaviors. S.H.O.E. is an acronym for Self-care, Healthy Options, and Exercise.



International Awareness & Involvement

Through the International Awareness and Involvement (IAI) programmatic thrust, Delta Sigma Theta harnesses its vast potential to impact strategically the plight of people living across the diaspora. International Awareness and Involvement will continue to move forward in this 21st Century by strengthening our Awareness and Involvement in Africa and Haiti. Throughout the years, the Sorority has continued to use its NGO status to impact the lives of women and girls across the globe.

The five (5) primary focus areas included:

  • IAI Sustainability Plan
  • IAI Webinars
  • World AIDS Day
  • IAI Newsletter
  • IAI Mission Trips