Community College Fair
he GEMS Committee of the Houston Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (HAC) hosted its 2nd Annual Community College Fair at the One Delta Plaza Educational Center (ODPEC) on Old Spanish Trail Road on Saturday, March 28, 2015. HAC, in support of the Sorority’s national initiatives, sponsors three youth-related programs that attended the College Fair; Delta Academy (girls ages 11-14), Delta GEMS (girls ages 14-18), and EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) programs for boys 13-18 years of age.
The College Fair co-chair, Forest Smith developed a winning advertising strategy that contributed to the success of the program. She targeted the Houston area middle and high schools, local churches and other service organizations such as Top Teens and Jack & Jill and partnered with ODPEC. She also shared the vision with the Houston Metropolitan Alumnae Chapter and they brought their GEMS and EMBODI students to the event. With the help of many educators within our chapter, we were able to spread the word and had over 150 people attend the event. It was a packed house!
Representatives from the military and 20 colleges and universities from throughout Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma, Mississippi and Virginia were on hand to discuss their respective universities and post high school options. During the College Fair, hundreds of students from the Houston, Fort Bend, Pasadena, Alvin and Katy Independent School Districts asked insightful questions of chapter members and college representatives. College Fair Co-Chairs, Dr. Forest Smith and Kacie Waiters felt that providing students with a short career assessment designed to assist them in learning more about their specific interests really served as a guide and reinforcement supporting their career aptitudes. With that clarity, students were able to secure pertinent information on the educational opportunities available in an array of careers which they held interest.
According to GEMS Co-Chairs Dorinda Adams and Ramona Dalton, “this college fair was well received by the community and the Delta Youth Initiative programs. The colleges and universities represented were impressive and they were impressed with the number of students who attended.” Rachel Smith, an eighth grade student from Thompson Intermediate School in the Pasadena Independent School District said after the Career Assessment, she has “a better idea of what to gear her classes toward in ninth grade.” HAC GEMS participant, Robin Wesley, reported that, she “received amazing information that will help [her] tremendously during [her] college application process.”
The Houston Alumnae Chapter also presents many other events throughout the year to provide information on health and wellness, financial independence, civic involvement, and cultural awareness in the community.