Programs

Programs Housed at D’Estee, Inc. Headquarters

Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy – Delta Academy provides an educational program for at-risk African American girls 11 to 14 years old. The program promotes the principles of sisterhood, scholarship and service. Every third Saturday, members of the Sorority help sharpen the participant’s skills in math, science and technology; provide service learning for students who learn through active participation and teach them how to cultivate and maintain interpersonal relationships with female adults by:

  • Providing exposure to public service involvement
  • Encouraging educational and cultural enrichment
  • Helping to achieve academic excellence
  • Heightening social graces
  • Stressing the importance of proper health
  • Emphasizing the dangers of drug usage
  • Developing leadership skills; and
  • Promote sisterhood as it relates to relationship with peers and Delta members

 

Delta G.E.M.S. (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) – goals are 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 goals for Delta GEMS are:

  • To instill the need to excel academically;
  • To provide tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success;
  • To assist 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

Scholarships- Three renewable awards are privately funded:

  • $2,000 Karen E. Hodge award
  • $1,250 Dr. Iris Shannon award
  • $500 Carolyne Clay award

Delta Adult Literacy – The purpose of the Delta Literacy Project is to help decrease the illiteracy rate among adults in the Chicago area. The project has a staff of volunteer tutors. Each tutor is certified and trained to teach adults “how to read”. They also teach math to students who desire it. Tutors and students meet twice a week for a free one-to-one tutoring session. Tutoring sessions are 1 1/2 hours and students are 18 years and older, who test below an 8.9 Reading Level. These students are given appropriate studies in reading math, English and spelling based on individual need. Tutoring is provided 1 on 1. The Delta Literacy Project is state funded and collaborates with other state and city adult literacy projects.

Adult Computer Training – Helping adults to become computer literate/ EMBODI – Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence

Political Forums– hosted programs such as Deputy Registrar’s trainings, empowerment fairs and Meet the Candidates Forums

Free Tax Preparation – Low income residents are provides with free income tax preparation.

Energy Workshops – Community residents learn about “Going Green” initiatives

Food and Toy Drives–New toys and food are collected and distributed to community residents during the Christmas holiday.

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