The Mobile Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta membership encompasses a widespread of public service programs, and in realizing its mission, provides an extensive array of service initiatives through its Five-Point Programmatic Thrust:
The Mobile Alumnae Chapter sponsors exceptional programs designed to enhance the career and academic development of our youth. This may also take on the form of scholarships for college preparation, academic workshops and mentoring. Members of the Mobile Alumnae Chapter also serve as career day speakers, role models and workshop facilitators to share their personal triumphs and achievements in their professional fields.
Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy
The Delta Academy encompasses middle school girls as future leaders, excited, poised and ready to “Catch the Dreams of Tomorrow”. They will be engaging in workshops and activities to enhance their interests in Math, Science and Technology.
An expansion for the continuation of Delta Academy, Delta GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully), was created to catch the dreams of African American at-risk, adolescent girls aged 14-18.
Our Delteens participate in interactive workshops designed to enhance their community, cultural, scholarly, and leadership skills. Among their numerous activities include “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner,” volunteerism, collaborating with the youth groups, and a public service project building playgrounds for kids affected by Katrina while attending the College Career Recruiting activities at the Bayou Classic in New Orleans, LA. Their culminating activity is the Kaleidoscope in which they show case their talents and a senior is crowned Miss Delteen.
Developing and Empowering Lives Through Action provides a youth program in collaboration with a community-based organization for 10-15 year old girls and boys who reside in Roger Williams Homes.
Our newest program focuses on improving the plight of the African American males by Empowering Males to Build Opportunities to Develop Independence. We work with middle school males in mentoring programs, interactive workshops, cultural trips and a Gentlemen’s Corner. We host a very successful Collaboration Breakfast with area churches, community based and Greek letter organizations to address the issues and brainstorm solutions to improve the lives of our African American males.
Mobile Alumnae Ways and Means Committee is the financial back bearer of our chapter. They conduct fundraisers such as the Peppermint Jazzy Swing, support charity sales and plan workshops in financial planning, investments, and home ownership. In addition, Mobile Alumnae gained 501 (c) (3) status through the D.R.E.A.M. Foundation to help strengthen and expand the charitable, educational, scientific programs of our organization.
In 1955, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. funded the maternity wing of the Thika Memorial Hospital in Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa now called the Mary Sick of the Mission Hospital. Mobile Alumnae has supported our national effort to assist with funds used for equipment, property maintenance, program expansion and the training of practical nurses and midwives. The addition of the maternity wing in Kenya has resulted in a decrease in maternal deaths and infant mortality. We continue to also support efforts to assist those devastated by the earthquake in Haiti and wear red ribbons in support of World AIDS Day.
The Political Action Committee of the Mobile Alumnae Chapter sponsor voter registration drives to increase the number of voters in our communities. Each year, members of the PAC spearhead our participation in Delta Days at the State Capitol in Montgomery, AL and Delta Days at the Nation’s Capitol in Washington, DC to monitor elections, public policies, and laws affecting our African American communities. Locally, we hosted a “Greek Get Out the Vote” rally our Greeks to help us to encourage and bring awareness to citizens in our community of the importance of voting in the elections.
Our chapter supports our sorority’s national efforts to provide health education programs to prevent at risk-behaviors and to promote healthy lifestyles for our families and the community. Mobile Alumnae sponsors teams for the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Breast Cancer Walk, the University of South Alabama Annual GO Run for Gynecologic Oncology Cancer. We also participate in the Prichard Relay for Life in which Mobile Alumnae wear custom t-shirts in remembrance of sorors we lost and sorors who are survivors of cancer.
Mobile Alumnae also has the distinction of annually hosting Do the RED Thing in which individuals and teams inclusive of community youth groups, churches, and Greek letter organizations participate in a 1-mile walk bringing awareness to the impact of HIV/AIDS and in our community. The program also includes motivational speakers dealing with HIV/AIDS, doctors, free testing, informative literature as well as corporate sponsorships. Proceeds have benefited the University of South Alabama Specialty Clinic which provides medical assistance and support to with those impacted by HIV/AIDS.