CCAC DELTA GEMS
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The Delta GEMS Institute is a continuum of services that addresses the needs of young African-American women in grades 9-12. The framework of the program allows participants to discover and understand their individual brilliance by embracing the two AIMS of GEMS: Growing Myself Successfully and Empowering Myself Successfully. The goals of the Delta GEMS Institute are to: (1) Instill the need to excel academically (2) Create compassionate, caring and community minded young women and actively involve them in service advocacy and community service opportunities (3) Provide tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success and (4) Assist girls in proper goal setting and planning for their future’s in high school and beyond.
On December 3, 2011, the Contra Costa Alumnae Chapter held an Informational Meeting for prospective participants and parents. Over 50 individuals attended and 15 young ladies were selected for the inaugural launch on January 7, 2012. Listed below is an overview of our GEMS volunteers and the activities participants engaged in during our inaugural year:
- 2011-2012 Delta GEMS Committee Members: Cheryl Turner; Dorothy Ellis; Felicia Branch; Gina Abrams; Jessica Reed; LaConnie Taylor-Jones; LaTasha Jones; Lindsey Walker; Marietta Joshua-Clark; Mariette Malveaux; Pam Jones and Toni Long
- 2011-2012 Field Trips: The Total Package Conference (Oakland, CA) — Hosted by the Hayward Tri-City Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and Youth State Conference(Sacramento, CA) – Hosted by the Farwest Region of Delta Sigma Theta
- 2011-2012 Workshops: Goal Setting (January); Innocence of a Child (March); Attitude Is Everything (April) and Healthy Lifestyles (May)
- 2011-2012 Community Service Projects: Food Drive (April) and Support of Military Sorors (June)
Our 2012-2013 program year, which begins October 2012, promises to be exciting and invigorating! On May 31, 2012, CCAC – Delta GEMS was awarded the Dow Promise Grant in the amount of $6,725
to implement the Dr. Jeanne L. Noble GEMS Institute’s – Science and Everyday Experiences Initiative. This initiative is designed not only for Delta GEMS participants to discover and understand the need for academic excellence, but it ensures priority is given to literacy, competency and advocacy in science, technology, engineering and math. We couldn’t have found a better partnership than the Dow Chemical Company. Their Dow Promise Grant is an employee-led initiative with a mission to positively impact African American communities that face education and economic challenges. Because of Dow Chemical’s generosity, the SSE Initiative will achieve two major goals: (1) emphasize to participants how science is integrated into every aspect of life and show them and their families that science does not have to be difficult — it can be a lot of fun and (2) introduce participants to the benefits of science, technology, engineering and math for success in the global market.