PROGRAM

Dr. Jeanne L. Noble GEMS Institute

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. currently supports the development of three program initiatives under the Educational Development umbrella of its Five Point Programmatic Thrust. The Dr. Jeanne L. Noble GEMS Institute is the program initiative that the Leesburg Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. has chosen as our program initiative.

The goals of the Dr. Jeanne L. Noble GEMS Institute are:

  • To instill the need for our participants to excel academically
  • To provide tools that enable girls our participants to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success
  • To assist girls our participants in proper goal setting and planning for their futures in high school and beyond
  • To create and/or support compassionate, caring, and community minded young women by actively involving them in service learning advocacy and community service opportunities.

The National Curriculum Manual for the Dr. Jeanne L. Noble GEMS Institute advances the following components: Aha Moments, Socialization, Self-Awareness, Leadership Development through Service Advocacy, Disaster Preparedness, Skills For Success, Healthy Lifestyle Habits, Financial Preparation and Achievement, Educational Preparation, and Career Preparation.

The National Curriculum Manual provides a framework for high school, college and career planning. Topics within the five major components are designed and developed into interactive lessons and activities that provide opportunities for self-reflection and individual growth.

 

PROJECTS:

Relay for Life-American Cancer Society
Relay for Life began in 1985 when Dr. Gordy Klatt, a colorectal surgeon in Tacoma, Washington, ran and walked around a track for 24 hours to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Since then, Relay has grown from a single man’s passion to fight cancer into the world’s largest movement to end the disease. Each year, more than 3.5 million people in 5,000 communities in the United States, along with additional communities in 20 other countries, gather to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Thanks to Relay participants, the American Cancer Society continues to save lives. For more information visit http://www.relayforlife.org/relay/

Special Olympics
In June of 1962, Eunice Kennedy Shriver started a summer day camp for children and adults with intellectual disabilities at her home in Maryland to explore their capabilities in a variety of sports and physical activities. Special Olympics has grown from a backyard summer camp for people with intellectual disabilities to a global movement, Special Olympics has been changing lives and attitudes for more than 40 years. For more information visit http://www.specialolympics.org/

Adopt- A-School

The Adopt- A-School initiative is centered around the “Title I program” which is a federally funded program, enacted in 1965 under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), committed to closing the achievement gap between low-income and minority students and their peers. The most sweeping reform of ESEA occurred in January of 2002 with the signing into law of No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The program provides assistance to families experiencing financial difficulties, and as a result their children are performing under level due to lack of necessary materials to be productive students. The goal of the program is to provide uplift and possibly remove a sense of depression and hopelessness due to financial difficulties.
The program is centered on three of the sorority’s Five Point Programmatic Thrusts: Economic Development by providing assistance for families experiencing financial difficulties, Educational Development by providing the necessary school supplies, and Physical and Mental Health by providing the hygiene products and healthy food sources. The chapter selects a new school from the Lake or Sumter county areas each year.