Educational Development

JASSAC Educational Development provides 3 mentoring programs; youth aged 11-18, a parent program and a scholarship assistance program for graduating high school seniors.  The Expo attendees completed surveys to identify their interest on various topics; all focused on the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Five-Point Programmatic Thrust, attended a question and answer session and viewed a video that showcased some of the activities from the previous program year.  Please contact us at for additional information.

Youth Programs

Dr. Betty Shabbazz Delta Academy:

A mentorship program for African-American girls in grades 6th-8th. Topics include self-esteem awareness, healthy lifestyles (childhood obesity), educational development and civic engagement through volunteerism for girls aged 11-13.

Delta GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully): Delta G.E.M.S. (Growing, Empowering Myself Successfully): A mentorship program for African- American young girls in grades 9th-12th. Topics include self-esteem awareness, social action, higher education/ career development, and service learning and community projects for girls aged 14-18.

If you are interested in registering your child in one of the above mentoring programs, attending a parent workshop or obtaining information about the scholarship award please contact us at


Delta Academy Collages

This project required each Delta Academy participant to create a photo collage that visually showcased her distinct characteristics. Each young lady chose cutouts from magazines, words and images, which she believed represented her individual personality. The cutouts were then glued onto the inside of a photo frame; which participates were allowed to take home as keepsakes. At the conclusion of this activity each young lady was given the opportunity to shine by presenting her finished project to the group and sharing her unique frame.

Delta Academy Participants DA Collage Project Collage Project




Kiddy Kids Chess

On a quest to teach 5 to 12 year olds the strategic game of chess, the
Joliet Area /South Suburban Alumnae Chapter “JASSAC” sorors taught a
ten week one hour course at the Richton Park Library with the assistance
and funding of a Scholarship and Standards Seed Grant received. JASSAC
Kiddy Kids Chess program was a collaboration with Iota Delta Lambda
Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

Ted Whittier of Iota Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha,
Fraternity, Inc. served as chief instructor. Assisting him were JASSAC
members, Gloria Brown, Beatrice Edwards, Danielle Franklin, Sylvia
Marshall, Glenda Rowe, Yvonne Wells, Fabiene Whittier and Joycelyn
Wilson. Additional assistance was provided by Linwood Wallace, member of
Iota Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.

During the closing celebration, each participant was awarded a medal and
a Certificate of Achievement. Joining First Vice President, LaCulia Pope
and Glenda Rowe of JASSAC with the presentation was Roosevelt Watkins,
President of the Iota Delta Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha
Fraternity, Inc.

Celebrating with the participants were their families, friends and
members of both JASSAC and Iota Delta Lambda. Refreshments were served.

Our goal of instilling the love of chess into children was accomplished.
It was an educational, fun and amazing experience for all.


For over 36 years, JASSAC has been dedicated to the educational development of high school students.  The chapter awarded scholarships totaling $114,000, from 2010-2021, to graduating high school seniors.