G.E.M.S. is an acronym for Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully. Delta GEMS, a national signature program of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., is a community-based program created to inspire young women and help them to actualize their dreams. This program provides a positive network for teenage girls ages 14-18 to strengthen and develop their will to achieve. By encouraging a “CAN DO” attitude, Delta GEMS strives to “catch the dreams” of at-risk, adolescent girls. The purpose of Delta GEMS program is to form a road map for college and career planning which incorporates five major components: Scholarship, Sisterhood, Show Me the Money, Service and Infinitely Complete. Each component provides opportunities for self-growth and enables young ladies to function intellectually, responsibly, and socially in today’s society. The goals of this program are to instill the need to excel academically. To provide tools that enable girls to sharpen and enhance their skills to achieve high levels of academic success. To assist girls in proper goal setting and planning for their futures – high school and beyond. To create compassionate, caring, and community minded young women by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities. GEMS monthly activities focus on various aspects of financial planning and budgeting, sisterhood bonding and enrichment, self-esteem and self-image workshops, physical fitness, health and wellness, community service, safety and self-defense. Annually, the Delta GEMS participate in a closing banquet that celebrates their many accomplishments throughout the year.