Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully

The mission of the DELTA G.E.M.S. (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) is to provide young ladies with a firm structural program that will enhance their self-esteem, academic achievement, leadership skills, and cultural awareness. This, in turn, will provide them with the opportunity to develop emotionally, socially, and intellectually and be prepared to take an active role in their success as they face the challenges of the world.

The goals and objectives of the DELTA GEMS Committee will be accomplished through a series of workshops and community service activities using the following framework:

  • Scholarship (Academic Excellence)
  • Sisterhood (Self Esteem, Health Awareness & Leadership)
  • Showing Me the Money (Financial Awareness)
  • Service (Social Responsibility Obtained through Community Service)
  • Infinitely Complete (The Rites of Passage)

The DELTA GEMS logo is likened to a gemologist who can see, through the use of certain tools, the hidden treasure in unpolished jewels. DELTA GEMS uses the polished jewels as a symbol of the facets that shine and glow within our young African-American women.


  • Application Deadline: Friday, November 19th, 2021
  • Applicants to be Notified: Tuesday, November 30th, 2021
  • Fall programming to Begin: Saturday, December 18th, 2021 and will be held on the third Saturday, through May 2022.


All meetings/events will be held virtually via Zoom through December 2021. Spring 2022 program location is TBD pending organization guidelines set by the National Headquarters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated.


Membership into the DELTA GEMS program is held once a year. The following criteria will be used to determine eligibility:

  • Entering or attending high school in the fall (grades 9-12) and/or 14-18 years old
  • Must have a grade point average of 2.5 or better
  • Submit with Parental Signature the “Agreement to Participate”

Please feel free to contact the
Bloomington-Normal Alumnae Chapter Education Committee
Co-Chairs for more information.
Jamillah Gilbert or Asia Patterson at

We appreciate you taking time to apply for membership in our Delta G.E.M.S.!

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