Delta GEMS

Delta Gems: Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully: A natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly successful Dr. Betty Shabaaz Delta Academy, 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. 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.

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.


We’re recruiting young ladies for our Delta GEMS program!
Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) is a mentoring program created for young ladies ages 14-18. The Delta GEMS Framework is: Scholarship. Sisterhood. Service. Infinitely Complete. Show Me The Money.

We typically meet at least two Saturdays a month (October-June) from 10am-1pm.
Parents and interested young ladies are encouraged to attend the kick-off. Please see details below:

Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: P.S. 161 499 W 133rd St, New York, NY 10027. Enter on Amsterdam Ave and 134th St
Please pass this information along to anyone who may be interested in joining the program.

Drenita Shelton
Delta GEMS Committee Chair

Omotolani Emulade
Delta GEMS Committee Co-Chair