Since its founding in 1913, Delta Sigma Theta has distinguished itself as a public service organization that boldly confronts the challenges of African-Americans and, as a result, all Americans. Over the years, a wide range of programs addressing education, health, international development, and strengthening of the African-American family have evolved. In realizing its mission, Delta Sigma Theta provides an extensive array of public service initiatives through its Five-Point Program Thrust.


    International Awareness & Involvement


    Physical & Mental Health


    Political Awareness & Involvement


    Arts & Letters


    The Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter's Economic Development Committee provides information and facilitates discussion regarding relevant local, state, and national financial topics with its chapter members and the community through workshops and other events. »

    As an organization of college-educated women, Delta Sigma Theta plays an active role in the educational movement, seeking to inspire, motivate, and support the aspirations and achievement of youth and young adults. 
    Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter’s Educational Development Committee conducts programs, activities, and projects designed to address the need for excellence in education. »

    Black College Fair

    In 1983, past Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden set aside the last Saturday in the month of February as "The Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter - Historically Black College and University Day". We have continued in this tradition by hosting a Black College Fair annually and exposing thousands of NYC students to collegiate life. »

    Delta G.E.M.S.

    Delta G.E.M.S. (Growing & Empowering Myself Successfully) was created to “catch the dreams” of at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18. G.E.M.S. provides the framework to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a “CAN DO” attitude. »


    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. For boys ages 11-15. »

    College Scholarships

    Each year, the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter provides thousands of dollars in scholarship awards to qualified high school and college students who reside in the borough of Brooklyn. »

    Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy

    The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy encourages girls to think outside the box while having fun in areas thought to be challenging. For girls ages 11-14. »


    Our biennial Jabberwock Scholarship Program & Pageant provides a curriculum that includes educational, cultural, community service, and personal enrichment activities. Jabberwock culminates in the crowning of "Miss Jabberwock" and proceeds from the program support scholarships and community projects. »

    Teen Lift

    Teen Lift addresses the educational, social and cultural needs of inner city youth. Open to 10th - 12th grade students who attend high school and/or reside in Brooklyn, Teen Lift provides experiences that develop a sense of pride, purpose and commitment to their communities. Participants look forward to an annual HBCU Tour as the program's culminating activity. »

    Delta Sigma Theta has an extensive history of involvement in international issues, including human rights and developing infrastructure. We strive to increase cultural awareness in our local community as well as internationally and to have an impact in our global community and make the world a better place by conducting service projects to benefit those in need from diverse cultures and diasporas. 

    Our Physical & Mental Health Committee works to raise awareness about the importance and benefits of lifestyle changes that affect longevity, morbidity, and mortality, identify organizational alliances for the sorority that will work to address pertinent health issues; and develop and implement health-focused programs within the sorority and the communities we serve. Many of our Physical & Mental Health programs can be found on the Events page.

    Delta Sigma Theta has been involved in social action since its inception as an organization. The Sorority’s first public act was in March of 1913. Our Founders marched in the historic Suffrage March under the Delta Sigma Theta banner. Though non-partisan in nature and purpose, Delta understands the importance of and the need for an informed electorate. Voter registration and voter education programs, workshops and seminars highlighting elected public official assessment and accountability are ongoing. Our chapter also provides voter registration and training to the community. We promote social activism, targeted advocacy, and ongoing education specific to current and evolving county, local, state, national and international issues. Many of our Political Awareness & Involvement programs can be found on the Events page.

    The goal of the Arts and Letters Committee is to promote individual and community awareness of the various fields of artistic endeavors; to encourage the development of individual and collective skills in the liberal arts; to showcase those who possess talents which contribute to an increased sensitivity to and an appreciation of the beauty around us; and to support those organizations who foster artistic and related disciplines. The Committee's focus is to promote, foster, cultivate, perpetuate and preserve the arts and letters of African-Americans in Fine, Literary, and Performing Arts.

    The Arts & Letters Committee organizes activities such as:

    • Black Book Fair
    • Delta Red Carpet Events (Movie Screenings)
    • RED Talks (Conversation Series)
    • Poetry Slam
    • Cultural Outings

    Many of our Arts & Letters programs can be found on the Events page.

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