CHAPTER PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES
Arts and Letters
The National Arts & Letters Commission was created in 1973 under the Economic Development Thrust. Sorors Lena Horne and Leontyne Price served as honorary co-chairs. The goal of the National Commission of the Arts & Letters has been to advance the black experience through the arts and to recognize the contributions of Black people and lift them up. The Arts & Letters Committee of the El Paso Alumnae Chapter plans activities to carry out the vision of the National Arts & Letters Commission.
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 El Paso Alumnae Chapter is committed to encouraging and empowering Chapter members and our community to become financially literate and economically self-sufficient. In fulfilling our commitment to Delta Sigma Theta’s FIVE-POINT Programmatic Thrust, the Economic Development Committee seeks to provide educational and informative programs and events to address the financial management, consumer literacy, and business ownership needs of Sorority members, the El Paso community, and beyond.
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.
Seniors Healthy Lifestyles 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.