Educational Development


The Educational Development Committee emphasizes scholastic achievement and higher academic development, promotes service learning, fosters college preparation and planning, and awards college scholarships to students in our service area of South Fulton, Clayton County and Fayette counties.

2023-2024 Contact Information

Trudy Hines, Chair –
Danielle Craig, Co-Chair
Lisa Jones, Co-Chair


The Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy Middle School Girls

Our overarching goal is to guide girls into womanhood with educational support and professional guidance that will teach them how to create opportunities for academic success; enhance their decision-making and communication skills; develop their abilities and talents; to compete in a global society; and become change agents in the transformations of their communities.

The E.M.B.O.D.I. Program
(Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence)
Middle to High School young men, ages 11-18

The EMBODI program promotes and provides opportunities to improve the quality of life of African American males through a comprehensive approach aimed at developing their overall potential. The programming focuses on education; culture; family and community; personal, social, and emotional factors; resilience and responsibility; leadership and mentorship; preventative health care and mental health counseling; financial; safety, and protection; conflict resolution and restorative justice; scholarship; and service learning.

Jean L. Noble G.E.M.S. Institute
(Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully)
Theme: GEMS: “Jewels in our Galaxy”
High School Girls

The primary goals of the Dr. Jeanne L. Noble GEMS Institute include providing tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve the highest level of academic success and to assist them with setting
goals, decision-making, and planning for a successful future.

PEACE – Keeping PACE
(Pride, Advocacy, Choice, Engagement)

The PEACE-Keeping Pace Program is designed to engage and lead discussions with parents/caregivers/guardians of participants in Delta’s youth programs: Delta Academy, Delta GEMS and EMBODI. Topics will result fiscal planning and responsibility, preparing students for college and careers, cybersafety, developing pride in our heritage, and family/community engagement.

Program Requirements

  • Parents/Guardians and student attendees must complete an online application each year.
  • Once the application window is closed, a team reviews each submission and invites students who meet the requirements (along with their parent or guardian) to attend general orientation and risk management training.
  • The expectation is that participants attend all programming sessions. A maximum of two absences will be allowed per programming year.
  • If you are not able to attend most of the program workshops and activities, please consider applying next year so that another young youth participant can take full advantage of the program this year.
  • Congruent with national, regional, and statewide response measures, The East Point/College Park Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. continues to monitor developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and associated variants. Although some states and municipalities have relaxed safety restrictions, it remains our primary responsibility to ensure that we proceed with servicing our communities using extreme caution.
  • ALL IN PERSON EVENTS WILL REQUIRE MASKS TO BE WORN and social distancing will be observed whenever possible.

Sample Program Activity Timeline

  • Application submission: May-August
  • Mandatory Risk Management Training and Orientation: August-October
  • Youth Programs (Academy, GEMS, EMBODI) and Parent PEACE Programs: October-April (no meeting in December) May Week activities vary.
  • Academic Scholarships for high school seniors (February-March)
  • College Enrichment Activity (Spring)
  • Scholarship Awards Program (May)