Youth Initiatives

DELTA ACADEMY Co-Chairs: Relia Barker and Nicole Turner Savoy –
DELTA ACADEMY: Delta Academy provides an opportunity for young women ages 11-14 or Grades 6-8 to engage in an educational program tailored to their specific needs as growing individuals. The program is designed for young women who need guidance while they transition through social, emotional, and physiological development. Delta Academy participants will engage in a fun learning experience that provides mentoring, educational activities, and service learning opportunities.

DELTA GEMS Co-Chairs: Surnetra Earnest, Katrina Cushenberry, and Karen Wesley –

DELTA GEMS (Growing & Empowering Myself Successfully) – Dr. Jeanne L. Noble GEMS Institute is designed for young African-American women between the ages of 14-18 and/or in grades 9-12; young women who have potential, but need guidance, support and skills to achieve success; young women who are interested in developing leadership skills, young women who are actively pursuing college and/or career options and young women who may need encouragement and support in pursuit of higher learning.

EMBODI Co-Chairs: Gwendolyn Solomon and Lisa Pride –

EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) EMBODI promotes and provides opportunities to improve the quality of life for African American Males ages 12 – 18 through a comprehensive approach aimed at developing their overall potential.


To complete the Youth Initiative Application for Delta Academy, Delta GEMS and EMBODI, the online application can be accessed here:

Youth Initiative Application

See also:

  1. Youth Initiative Parent/Guardian Guidebook
  2. Youth Initiative Virtual Meeting and Publicity Guide 2020


If you would like to volunteer with our youth initiatives, you must be Risk Management trained and complete a background screening.  To apply to volunteer, please complete the application below and email to

The volunteer application and information can be accessed here:

  1. Volunteer Application
  2. Background Screening Procedures
  3. Confirmation of Youth Volunteer Status Form
  4. Youth Initiative Volunteer Guidebook