Empowering Males to Build
Opportunities for Developing Independence

The EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) program focuses support and planned action for the growth of African-American males to reach their full potential educationally, socially and emotionally. The EMBODI program is designed to develop our future leaders by providing the tools, resources, and support they need to be successful and productive young men. Participation in this exciting program is open to young men ages 11 - 18 and gives them the opportunity to interact with positive role models and to participate in activities pertaining to Delta Sigma Theta Sorority's Five-Point Programmatic Thrust: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement. EMBODI is designed to address issues that African American males face through dialogue and activities for change and action.

The Chapter program is done in collaboration with various male-based organizations and consists of 1:1 and/or small group mentoring, tutoring, STEM, financial fortitude, college preparation, college tours, career planning, African American History, cultural enrichment, physical fitness, mental health, community service projects, a Youth Symposium, family bonding activities, resources for parents and much more.

EMBODI places emphasis on leadership, lifestyle choices, character building, ethics, relationship building, financial management, civic engagement and service learning. The program includes team building activities, Young Men's Conference, and sessions and activities for parents/guardians. 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.