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. Delta Academy provides an opportunity for local chapters to enrich and enhance the education that our young teens receive in public schools across the nation. Specifically, we augment their scholarship in math, science, and technology, their opportunities to provide service in the form of leadership through service learning defined as the cultivation and maintenance of relationships. A primary goal of the program is to prepare young girls for full participation as leaders in the 21st Century.
Delta Academy has taken many forms. In some chapters, the Academies are after-school or Saturday programs; others are weekly or biweekly throughout the school year; and still other programs occur monthly. At a minimum, chapters plan and implement varied activities based upon the needs of the early adolescents in their areas. The activities implemented most often include computer training, self-esteem and etiquette workshops, field trips for science experiences and for college exposure, and special outings to cultural events, fancy dinners, museums, plays, and concerts.
The Annapolis Alumnae Chapter partners with the Boys and Girls Club of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County for its Delta Academy Program. The major emphasis of the program is social and emotional development, physiological transitioning, and exposure to global ideas and learning opportunities. Additionally, embedded within the program is a component in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), which is implemented through the Chapter’s “Thelma T. Daley STEM Initiative” designed to create an interest in STEM in elementary and middle school youth throughout Anne Arundel County.