FIVE-POINT PROGRAMMATIC THRUST
The Five-Point Programmatic Thrust of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is the planning vehicle through which Deltas around the world conduct a wide range of programs that project the image of the Sorority as a public service organization. Click on the icons below to find out more information on the programs LVAC implements locally.
We have partnered with the dfree® Movement, a faith-based initiative to help stem an epidemic of overspending in the African American community. It has grown into a lifestyle movement that gives participants: the ability to handle their financial responsibilities, willingness to help others do the same, and capacity to leave assets for future generations. Our chapter debt paydown goal is $550,000.00. For more info, visit https://dfree.com/media/
Financial Fortitude is a process that helps participants set and define goals, develops a plan to achieve them, and to put the plan into action. The process serves as a blueprint to address all aspects of personal finances.
Dr. BETTY SHABAZZ DELTA ACADEMY (for females ages 11-14)
The goals of the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy are to offer mentoring, educational activities, and service learning opportunities for girls with a particular emphasis on mathematics, science, and technology and to help young girls to excel and pursue careers in these areas.
DELTA GEMS (high school females)
The primary goals of the DELTA GEMS are to provide tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success and to assist in proper goal-setting and decision-making.
EMBODI (young men ages 13-18)
Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence (EMBODI) was created to address the educational, social, and emotional obstacles that plague African American males. The monthly workshops focus on cultural/academic enrichment, boosting self-confidence, image, violence, relationships, health and economic empowerment.
READ & RISE (pre-school)
Our Read & Rise program builds literacy at the pre-school level. It strengthens family literacy by providing mentoring techniques that promote the love of reading.
Our Delta Scholars program promotes academic excellence by mentoring students in grades 10 through 12 who have an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher. Provides leadership opportunities through community service projects and assists students with goal setting. Students become eligible for scholarships at the time of graduation. To apply for the Delta Scholar, click here.
Risk Management Guidelines
Each program is administered consistently and in a manner that is in the interest of both the participating youth and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (i.e., minimize any harm or injury to the youth as well as the probability of Delta incurring liability). All members, volunteers and participants shall adhere to the policies set forth in the Risk Management Manual.All volunteers for the aforementioned youth initiatives must participate in Risk Management Training. This will include a review of the “Risk Management Manual,” completion of the Risk Management Application, Interview, and general background check. Orientation is offered once on an annual basis.For more information about the risk management requirements or to schedule training, please contact our Risk Management Coordinator email@example.com.
INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS & INVOLVEMENT
Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC)
LVAC collaborates with ECDC in resettling and assisting refugees and immigrants to lead a life of dignity, attain self-sufficiency and integrate into their new communities in Clark County. Services provided include securing employment, enrolling children in school, securing housing and food, adjusting to American culture, and more. In November/December, LVAC provides Thanksgiving baskets and household items for newcomer families.
LVAC is committed to the following HIV/AIDS awareness programs...
AID For AIDS of Nevada (AFAN) Annual Walk
AFAN provides support and advocacy for adults and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Nevada. AFAN works to reduce HIV infection through prevention education to eliminate fear, prejudice and the stigma associated with the disease. For 28 years, LVAC has supported this organization by forming a team for the walk. In 2023, Team LVAC-IAI donated $1300 to this event.
National Awareness Days
LVAC has developed a relationship with the Southern Nevada Health District Mobile Testing Clinic to aid them for selected Awareness Days. Those National Awareness Days include...
Black HIV/AIDS – February 7th
Women and Girls – March 10th
Youth – March 20th
World AIDS Day – December 1st
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is December 1st and is a National Initiative where chapters show support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. LVAC has collaborated with International Chapters to host seminars and workshops to educate and raise awareness for support of ending the epidemic. Locally, LVAC selects an organization or event to partner to raise awareness in the Las Vegas community to commemorate those who have passed on and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.
Horizon Ridge Wellness Clinic
Horizon Ridge Wellness Clinic is Black-owned and provides medical and mental health services to the Las Vegas community. Discrimination and mistrust affect Black people who seek or receive services. LVAC has supported this clinic since 2014 for National and Las Vegas Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This is an opportunity to increase HIV education, testing and treatment among the Black community.
Kenya KEEP is the signature event of LVAC. Support includes annual donations for repairs at the Siana Boarding School dormitory that bears the name Las Vegas Alumnae Chapter. LVAC continues to provide scholarships to students in primary and high school as well as for rescued girls. LVAC provides female students with sanitary napkins and hygiene products. In May 2017, a campaign to purchase boys’ underwear was started and continues to this date.
PHYSICAL & MENTAL HEALTH
Caravan for Mammogram
The Caravan for Mammogram is an event to promote breast cancer awareness among Black women and underserved communities. Participants decorate their cars in pink and black before the caravan heads down the Strip in parade formation. Click here for the info on the next event
When NAMIWalks, we knock down walls. We topple obstacles. We realize dreams. Our rallying call, "Mental Health for All,” is closer than ever before. Participants are united by the knowledge that they are making the difference by coming together for mental health. Click here for the info on the next event
S.T.O.M.P. (Standing Together Opposing Misuse of Power)
The purpose of S.T.O.M.P is to educate the community through informative presentations from experts, sharing personal experiences, empowering attendees to become advocates, and providing community resources. Click here for the info on the next event
POLITICAL AWARENESS (Social Action)
Civil Rights Film Festival
Our civil rights film festival will celebrate 21 years in January of 2024. It is an event that showcases films and documentaries related to the civil rights movement and issues of social justice, equality, and human rights. These festivals aim to educate, raise awareness, and promote dialogue about historical and contemporary struggles.
For info on our next Civil Rights Film Festival, click here.
Delta Days at the Nevada State Capitol
Delta Days at the Nevada State Capitol is an annual advocacy and public policy event organized by the LVAC. It typically involves members of the Sorority gathering in Carson City, Nevada to meet with local leaders on important issues. Our goal is to engage in political advocacy, raise awareness about important social and legislative issues, and interact with lawmakers and policymakers.
Selma Re-enactment March
An annual event that commemorates the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, that took place in 1965. This march, often referred to as "Bloody Sunday," was a pivotal moment in the American civil rights movement and played a significant role in advocating for voting rights for African Americans. LVAC joins other community-based organizations to remember the sacrifice and courage of those who participated in the original march and to honor the progress made in the fight for civil rights. Participants gather in West Las Vegas and end at the Dr. Martin Luther King statue.
Voter Registration Drive
LVAC hosts voter registration drives to encourage and facilitate eligible individuals to register to vote. The goal is to increase the number of registered voters, particularly those who might not be registered or have not participated in the electoral process before. Voter registration drives can take various forms, such as Delta sponsored events, community events, door-to-door canvassing, and outreach at public places like schools, shopping centers, and local events.