Educational Development is part of our core programmatic thrusts and is important because it impacts our future generations and leaders.  This committee is divided into 4 primary subcommittees based on the age group it services with an additional committee titled Rites of Passage which focuses on young ladies who are high school seniors.  Rites of Passage Applications for the 2017-2018 program year are available.  CLICK HERE to read more information on this program.



For the other education programs, we will update program information in August 2017. If you have additional questions, please complete the interest form below or contact education@dstslmac.com.


GIRLS 1ST - 5TH GRADE

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The Saint Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter is unique in its formation of the younger group of the Delta Educational program. In 2012, we renamed this youngest program Vipepeo - the Swahili word for butterflies - to emphasize that our young women were still growing, changing, and developing wings to take flight.


The program follows the national programs by exposing participants to scholarship in math, science and technology. We place an emphasis on the attainment of the history and culture of people of African descent and the contributions they - particularly women - make to the world.


There is a focus on “getting to know self” and building self- confidence through public speaking and writing projects.


The program activities include:


  • Hands-on workshops


  • Outings to cultural institutions in the region






GIRLS 9TH - 12TH GRADE
As an expansion to the Delta Academy, Delta GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) was created 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


  • To create compassionate, caring, and community minded young women by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities


The Delta GEMS framework is composed of five major components (Scholarship, Sisterhood, Show Me the Money, Service, and Infinitely Complete), forming a road map for college and career planning. Topics within the five major components are designed to provide interactive lessons and activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth.


GIRLS 6TH - 8TH GRADE

“Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women for the 21st Century,” Betty Shabazz Delta Academy was created out of an urgent sense that bold action was needed to save young girls from the perils of academic failure and low self- esteem.


The Saint Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter enriches and enhances the education that our young teens receive in schools. Specifically, we augment their scholarship in math, science, and technology; their opportunities to provide service in the form of leadership through service-learning; and their sisterhood, defined as the cultivation and maintenance of relationships. A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st century.


The chapter plans and implements varied activities including:


  • Self-esteem and etiquette workshops


  • Field trips for academic enrichment


  • Exposure to Black history and culture


  • Outings to cultural events, museums, plays, and concerts.



BOYS 9TH - 12TH GRADE

The EMBODI (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.

EMBODI is symbolic of empowering young African American males in middle and high school to see themselves as a person of great worth who can take his place with a life of meaning and accomplishment.

The programming focuses on the following topics:

  • Education, culture, scholarship, and service learning


  • Personal, social, and emotional factors; family and community


  • Resilience and responsibility; conflict resolution and restorative justice; protection and safety


  • Leadership and mentorship

The St. Louis Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter's EMBODI program will meet once per month consisting of workshops, community activities, a panel discussion, and end of year celebration.