Empowering Males to Build
Opportunities for Developing Independence
The E.M.B.O.D.I. (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. 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. E.M.B.O.D.I. is designed to address these issues through dialogue and recommendations for change and action. E.M.B.O.D.I. 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.
The Annapolis Alumnae Chapter partners with local male-based groups to increase the reach of its E.M.B.O.D.I. Program. The program consists of teambuilding activities, small group mentoring, tutoring, financial fortitude, college preparation, college tours, career planning, African American history, cultural enrichment, physical fitness, community service projects, 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.