Delta Sigma Theta uses the Five-Point Thrust as an organizing structure as it creates programs to benefit the African-American community. The Five-Point Programmatic Thrust, which was established in 1955, includes:
Delta Sigma Theta’s response to national economic conditions and how they impact the communities we serve resulted in the Financial Fortitude initiative, which is a process designed to help members of the sorority, as well as, the greater community set and define goals, develop a plan to achieve them and to put the plan into action. Economic conditions we address include unstable employment, the widening gap between wealth and poverty, and the rise in residential foreclosures. Our initiative serves as a blueprint to address all aspects of personal finances.
▲ Financial Fortitude – The focus of the program will address the financial education of the residence in the Harford and Cecil Communities.
The Harford County Alumnae Chapter develops programs and initiatives designed to address the community’s interests of excellence in education. Our philosophy is deeply rooted in our illustrious Founders formidable commitment to personal and academic achievement. By fostering collaborative relationships within and outside the education arena, we dedicate the majority of our programming activities to enhancing learning and fostering a deeper understanding our world. In conjunction with our emphasis on Political Awareness and Involvement, we actively aim to influence public policy through advocacy and research. To promote educational success, particularly in school-aged children, we work as bridge-builders and agents for change in creating programs that rise above those factors that interfere with learning and give young people permission to imagine and explore greater possibilities.
▲ Arts & Letters – The Arts & Letters Committee is commissioned to engage members of the chapter and the community with cultural enrichment in various ways. The Arts & Letters Committee hosts events such as the Annual Ladies in Red Art Appreciation Tea to showcase the local talent of the community and Black History Essay Contest for students during Black History Month. The committee partners with the local public libraries to bring authors to engage discussions and booking signings.
▲ E.M.B.O.D.I. (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. EMBODI addresses issues related to STEM education, culture, self-efficacy, leadership, physical and mental health, healthy lifestyles choices, character, ethics, relationships, college readiness, fiscal management, civic engagement and service learning.
▲ G.E.M.S. (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) – Delta Gems was created to catch the dreams of African American at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18. Delta GEMS provides the framework to actualize those dreams through the performance of specific tasks that develop a CAN DO attitude. The Delta GEMS program offers a road map for college and career planning conducts activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth.
▲ Scholarships Program – As a result of fundraising activities, the sorority awards $1,000 scholarships to selected Harford and Cecil Counties’ high school seniors who have been accepted at accredited colleges/universities meeting the scholarship criteria.
Delta Sigma Theta is an international organization; therefore, we embark on helping others across the world. Our programs and events are geared towards African villages in need.
▲Walk on Water – A 5k walk/run to raise awareness and funds for the need for clean drinking water sources and digging of community wells in African villages.
▲Outreach Program with Achego Children’s Center and Orphanage – HCAC will partner with organizations and individuals to ensure goods donated and purchased will be delivered to the Achego Children’s Center and Orphanage in Kenya. It will provide basic school supplies and hygiene products for 45-50 youth.
▲World AIDS Day – HCAC co-sponsors events that provide HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. On December 1st of each year, the sorority provides activities designed to add our voices to the worldwide conversation about HIV/AIDS.
As an organization of predominantly African American women, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is uniquely positioned to impact not only the well-being of its membership, but also the well-being of families and communities at large. Journey to Wellness: Committing our Bodies to Physical and Mental Health is now the signature Physical and Mental Health “call to action”. The initiative addresses the challenges of living holistic and healthy lives.
▲ Monthly Health Focus – Each month has a different health focus to bring awareness to the community. We provide physical activities such as the Zumba-thon, helpful information via literature, displays, hand-outs demonstrations, and testimonials at various events. As well as partnering with national and local organizations to provide family fun filled events.
Through taking an active interest in the welfare of our country, we ensure that the rights and privileges of those in our communities are respected and upheld. The purpose of our Social Action Committee is inspired and guided by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated’s National Social Action Agenda. Many of the issues that our community is facing can be addressed by current and new programs supported by our National Executive Board. The mission of social action in Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is to promote leadership, advocacy, and empowerment to effect social change and public policy.
▲ Delta Days in the Nation’s Capital and Delta Days in the State Capital allows members from our organization to actively engage with their elected representatives on a wide variety of issues ranging from educational funding to economic concerns. Our members are also encouraged to attend local school board, city and county meetings.
▲ Social Action – The Chapter serves as a partner with other organizations to provide to a legislative wrap-up session with our local state representatives to discuss and answer questions about the state legislature. Also, members attend Harford and Cecil Counties’ council meetings to ensure our voice will be heard concerning the action or inaction by local judicial and administrative agencies and officials. The voter registration drive educates the community on the important local, state, and national issues.