Chartered June 17, 1967


Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is as a public service organization. For the past 97 years, the sorority's focus has been structured around the Five Point Program Thrust of the organization:

                  Economic Development
                       Educational Development
                        International Awareness & Involvement
                         Physical and Mental Health
                          Political Awareness & Involvement

The Albany, New York Alumnae Chapter is committed to providing and promoting public service programs and activities in hopes of encouraging and improving the quality of life for the community at large.


Delta Pearl

The goal of the Delta Pearl Program is to assist in the positive moral, intellectual and social development of all program participants through educational and cultural enrichment activities.  Membership in Delta Pearl is open to girls age 6-10 years old who reside in the Capital District area.  Delta Pearl meetings are held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month from September to June.  

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Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy

Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Preparing Young Women For the 21st Century. The Delta Academy was created out of an urgent sense that bold action was needed to save our young females ages 11-14 from the perils of academic failure, low self-esteem, and crippled futures. The Delta Academy provides an opportunity to enrich and enhance the education that our young teens receive in public schools in the Albany area. Specifically, we augment their scholarship in math, science, and technology, their opportunities to provide service in the form of leadership through service learning (community service involvement), sisterhood, health and beauty, self-esteem and etiquette workshops. A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century.

Delta Academy meetings are held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month from September to June.

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Delta GEMS 
Growing & Empowering Myself Successfully

A natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful  Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy: Catching the Dreams of Tomorrow, Delta Gems 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. Delta GEMS aspires to assist the girls with goal setting and planning for the future. The goals for Delta GEMS are to develop strong, confident, respectful young ladies and prepare them to take an active role in their success and society.  
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.

Delta GEMS meetings are held on the third Saturday of each month from September to June.

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Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence

The EMBODI 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.  EMBODI is designed to address these issues through dialogue and recommendations for change and action.

Program activities and events will focus on but are not limited to cultural/academic enrichment, boosting self-confidence, and identifying the challenges that present obstacles for our youth.

EMBODI meetings are held from 10:00am to 2:00pm on the third Saturday of each month from September to June for young males ages 11-17.   

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