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Programs

The Ventura County Alumnae Chapter has continued its commitment and involvement toward the implementation of the Five Point Programmatic Thrust, thus perpetuating the positive image Delta has maintained since 1913.

The major programmatic focuses of the sorority are centered around the national organization’s Five Point Programmatic Thrust: 

  • Economic Development

  • Educational Development

  • International Awareness and Involvement

  • Physical and Mental Health 

  • Political Awareness and Involvement

Economic Development

 

Economic stability is a key element in creating and maintaining strong communities. To address the need for economic development, Delta Sigma Theta put forth Financial Fortitude, a process specifically designed to promote understanding of all aspects of the financial system, including but not limited to, budgeting, homeownership, personal wealth management, entrepreneurship, and the steps to financial freedom. Some of our projects includes Financial Fortitude workshops.

Educational Development

 

As an organization of college-educated women, Delta Sigma Theta plays an active role in the educational movement, seeking to inspire, motivate, and support the aspirations and achievements of youth and young adults. Some of our projects include:

Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy targeting African-American females ages 11-14

Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) targeting African-American females ages 14-18

EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) focus on young African-American males 

Scholarship Fund. Applications for the VCAC Achievement Award are available beginning in February each year.

International Awareness And Involvement

Delta Sigma Theta has an extensive history of involvement in international issues, including human rights and developing infrastructure. This involvement led to the establishment of several chapters outside of the United States and the participation in projects related to addressing the needs of diverse cultures.

Some of our projects include:

  • Mary Help of the Sick Mission Hospital in Thika, Kenya (maternity)

  • Water Tanks and Wells for Africa

 

Physical And Mental Health

 

Delta Sigma Theta is committed to improving the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of its membership and the communities that we serve. The goals include raising awareness about the important benefits of lifestyle changes that affect longevity and mortality; combating cancer; obesity; and educating the community about HIV/AIDS.

Some of our projects include:

  • HIV/AIDS Awareness and Education

  • Breast Cancer Awareness and Education

  • Domestic Violence Awareness and Education

  • Depression: Let the Healing Begin Within

 

Political Awareness And Involvement

 

In March of 1913, nearly six weeks after its founding, several Delta Sigma Theta Founders participated in the historic Women’s Suffrage March under the Delta Sigma Theta banner, the sorority’s first public act. This act set the tone for the sorority’s future endeavors and today, political awareness and involvement is a major focus of the organization. A National Social Action Commission was formed to promote the legislative initiatives of the sorority, its membership, and the communities we serve. The Social Action Commission also serves to empower chapters to remain actively involved in local, state, and national political issues.

 

Some of our projects include:

  • Coordinating Countywide Recognition of Black History Month

  • Providing Voter Education and Registration

  • Staffing Ventura County Adopt-A-Poll polling stations

  • Sponsoring Women’s History Month Recognition