Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS Institute — GEMS: Jewels In Our Galaxy is a natural outgrowth and expansion for the continuation of the highly effective Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy: Embracing Girl Power on Purpose. The goals for Delta GEMS are to ensure that our young women ages 14-18 achieve academic excellence, are equipped with goal setting and planning skills for success in high school and beyond, and learn and engage in community involvement and service.
The GEMS curriculum is developed based on Delta's 5-Point Programmatic framework and includes sessions on financial management and building wealth, career exploration, STEM, leadership skills, communications, mental health, alcohol and drugs, social media, and human trafficking. Building Self-esteem and confidence are an underlying aspect of the Chapter program. The GEMS offers college and career planning through activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth. The program provides the framework for putting young women on a path to actualize their dreams and their potential through the performance of specific tasks that develop a CAN DO attitude. There are also opportunities to involve parents.
The GEMS initiative partners with various Anne Arundel County agencies and community organizations throughout the year’s programs.