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Delta G.E.M.S. (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully)


A natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful “Dr. Betty Shabaaz Delta Academy: Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow”, the Delta G.E.M.S. program was created to "catch the dreams" of African American at-risk, adolescent girls between the ages of 14-18. Delta G.E.M.S. provides the framework to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a "can-do" attitude.  The goals of the Delta GEMS are to:

  • Instill the need to excel academically.

  • Provide tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success.

  • Assist girls in proper goal setting and planning for their futures.

  • Create compassionate, caring, and community-minded young women by actively involving them in service-learning and community service opportunities.

Program Criteria


Eligibility Requirements & Participation Expectations

  1. Age:   Participants must be between the ages of 14-18

  2. School Enrollment:   Participants must remain enrolled in high school and be in compliance with all rules and regulations governing the Delta GEMS. Those participants who are ‘homeschooled” are allowed to participate provided that they are in a legitimate home school program.

  3. Residency:   Live in Washtenaw County.  The Ann Arbor Alumnae Chapter’s official service area is Washtenaw County.  To be eligible for Delta GEMS, an applicant’s primary residency must be in Washtenaw County.

  4. Time Commitment. Minimum of 2 hours per month.  

  5. Attendance:   Regular attendance at Delta GEMS meeting and other GEMS activities.  Meeting Requirements:  Attend monthly meetings which are held for 2 hours on one Saturday or Sunday per month.  There are approximately 9 meetings per year.   Participants are expected to attend all regularly scheduled meetings and miss no more than 2 per year. 

  6. Parent/Guardian commitment to encourage and support participation in all activities and events.

Application Information

Applications are now being accepted for the 2022– 2023 program year.   Please click the links below to obtain more information about the GEMS program and an application.  Paper applications are available upon request.  Request a paper application by emailing

Please complete and submit your application and parental consent form.

  1. Delta GEMS Brochure

  2. 2023-2024 Delta GEMS Application

  3. Delta GEMS Parent/Guardian Forms


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