CHAPTER PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
Police Etiquette Seminar
On October 10, 2015, the ladies of the El Paso Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the men of the El Paso/Las Cruces Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., hosted a Police Etiquette Seminar. This interactive forum offered participants effective means of engagement between El Paso youth and law enforcement personnel. In light of recent news accounts of the reported divide between local communities and law enforcement agencies, participants were invited to take a proactive approach to fostering positive relationships between local law enforcement and youth. Speakers discussed the “do’s and don’ts” of youth interaction with law enforcement personnel and demonstrated the difficult encounters experienced by those sworn to protect and serve.
Breast Cancer Awareness Tea
In honor of fellow breast cancer survivors, El Paso Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosts a Breast Cancer DSTea in October to increase local awareness of breast cancer screening, treatment and advances and early detection. Annually, more than 2.8 million women are treated for breast cancer and up to 2,350 men are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in the United States. Many people know of at least one family member, friend or co-worker who is a breast cancer survivor. We invite sponsors to decorate tables in celebration of their honoree’s bravery and strength. We welcome participation in this fun-filled event as we promote breast cancer prevention and commend the perseverance of local breast cancer survivors.
Dr. Betty Shabazz Academy
The national Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy program is sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to enhance the future of young girls as they approach the next millennium. The academy is designed for girls between the ages of 11 and 14 who demonstrate the potential to succeed, but may not have the necessary support systems. The program seeks to remedy some of the deficiencies faced by involving the young girls in supervised and structured experiences that will help them grow up to be productive citizens. Recent local Dr. Betty Shabazz Academy programs have included seminars and teen summits.
The national G.E.M.S. (Growing & Empowering Myself Successfully) program is sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. to provide the framework to perform specific tasks to actualize the dreams of adolescent girls and the development of a can do attitude. The program is designed for girls between the ages of 15-18. The goals of the program are to instill the need to excel academically; to provide tools that will enable our girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success; to assist our 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. Delta G.E.M.S. have a strong focus on career planning, college preparation, and community service. Recent local G.E.M.S. programs have included seminars and teen summits.
The E.M.B.O.D.I. (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. Both informal and empirical data suggests that the vast majority of African-American males continues to be in crisis and is not reaching its fullest potential educationally, socially and emotionally. The E.M.B.O.D.I program is designed to address these issues through dialogue, and recommendations for change and action. Recent local E.M.B.O.D.I. programs have included seminars and teen summits.
Founders Day Salute
Since 1986, our Salute has honored outstanding African-Americans who have contributed significantly to the El Paso community. This project serves both as a public service and as a fundraiser to carry on our various public service projects.
Senior Citizen Christmas Luncheon
Each Christmas season, we honor seniors citizens for their contribution to our community and promote healthy living and services offered in the El Paso community.
YWCA Transitional Living Center
We sponsor a room at the Center, donate personal care items and participate in a variety of activities such as organizing recreational spaces and coordinating cultural activities.
El Paso Opportunity Center
We are actively involved in providing home-cooked meals and services to the homeless population that frequent the Center.
Since 1972, we have donated over $100,000.00 in annual scholarships to well-deserving high school students.