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Focus On Our Community

Nassau Alumnae Chapter is committed to enriching the lives of those in Nassau County (NY). We will provide the residents of Nassau County with programs and services tailored to their needs. In realizing the mission of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Nassau Alumnae Chapter provides many public service initiatives through the sorority's Five-Point Programmatic Thrust designed to move our community forward.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:

Nassau Alumnae Chapter's Economic Development Committee is a source for financial guidance throughout our local communities.    The current Economic Development program of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated is Financial Fortitude; a process for setting goals, defining them and then developing plans for action and achievement.

 

The Financial Fortitude initiative focuses on strategies for financial planning, budgeting, goal setting, debt management, retirement planning, homeownership, insurance, savings & investments, estate planning, and entrepreneurship.

 

Over the past year, 2020-21, the NAC Economic Development Committee has hosted the NAC Small Business Crawl, the NAC Tax Grievance Clinic and Financial Peace University.  Between the three, the finances and financial knowledge of 16 local businesses and organizations, nearly 50 county homeowners and 10 local families have been fortified. 

EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT:

Delta’s investment in developing the minds of our future are evident through the Dr. Betty Shabazz Delta Academy, a leadership and empowerment program for girls ages 11-14 years; the Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS (Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully) program which fostering the dreams of girls ages 14-18 years; and the EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) youth program for males ages 11-18 years, which uses, for example, the hallmarks of STEM education, leadership, college readiness, fiscal management, civic engagement and service learning to impact our participant’s lives.

NAC’s educational development mission is to mentor youth participants through monthly workshops and activities that foster a safe, developmental, fun and educational environment, where interactions are with other young teens. The Delta Academy and EMBODI programs are STEM-based and the Delta GEMS program takes an entrepreneurial leadership approach and will provide mentors who are educators, creative thinkers and business leaders who are highly experienced in their various industries.

 

NAC’s signature youth education events include:

  • Annual HBCU College Tours

  • Annual HBCU College Fair

  • Financial Literacy

  • Annual Scholarship Awards

INTERNATIONAL AWARENESS AND INVOLVEMENT:

As a part of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated’s Five-Point Programmatic Thrust, the International Awareness and Involvement Committee remains committed to addressing contemporary challenges and the needs of vulnerable communities globally.  Through the lens of the seven nationally approved Sustainability Plans, Nassau Alumnae Chapter increases awareness by highlighting communal strengths, addresses needs, and encourages engagement in international initiatives through the following goals for the 2021-2022 chapter year:

  • Increase knowledge of the seven sustainability plans identified by Grand Chapter.

  • To generally gain more awareness of the experiences faced by our communities worldwide

  • To motivate us to actively participate in global initiatives

These goals will be accomplished by two main programs:

  • Adopt-a-Sustainability Program: Each year, the committee will identify one of the seven sustainability plans as our main area of focus. Though educational activities, fundraisers, and collaborative service events we will become more actively engaged with the plan’s efforts. The identified plan for 2021-2022 is I Can Fly International located in Machakos, Kenya.

  • Beyond Sustainability: Through a series of forums, Our Beyond Sustainability programs will address current events, challenges, and social action efforts around the globe.
     

Upcoming Events:

  • Haitian Relief Product Drive in collaboration with Local Projects

  • I Can Fly: We Walk so they Can Run Global walk-a-thon Fundraiser

  • World AIDS Day

  • Taste of Culture: A celebration of diversity through food and music

  • Nassau to Nassau Night: Program in collaboration with member of the Nassau Bahamas Alumnae Chapter

 

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL HEALTH:

Positively impacting the well-being of its members, along with communities and families throughout our areas of service is the goal of the Physical and Mental Health programmatic thrust.  The DeltaCare initiative is an internal wellness initiative created to promote self-care through physical wellness, emotional wellness, and awareness/advocacy.  The RED S.H.O.E. challenge is the physical health component of DeltaCare that encourages members to engage in healthy habits.

The NAC Health and Wellness Committee works to provide our members as well as our communities with knowledge on how to improve nutritional choices, increase physical activity, and reach and maintain a healthy weight through small, incremental modifications and increased healthy practices.

 

Events and Activities Include:

  • CPR classes

  • Walking Challenges

  • Healthy Cooking Demonstration

  • Self-Care University

  • Zumba Classes

  • Community Education Workshops

  • Yoga/Meditation

 

POLITICAL AWARENESS AND INVOLVEMENT:

​Our 22 dynamic founders participated in the Suffrage March of 1913, just two months after Delta Sigma Theta was established.   This commitment to service through Social Action has remained, keeping the sorority at the forefront of social and political issues for our communities.  Delta Sigma Theta has become recognizable as a force in the movement for equal political, educational, and economic rights for all Black people.  Chapters and members are engaged in a variety of social action activities focused on empowering our communities and protecting the most vulnerable amongst us.

 

The NAC Social Action Committee has established programs designed to build relationships with our local politicians and public officials in efforts to provide effective advocacy on behalf of our communities.  Similarly, our goals include ensuring that our voices are heard by elected officials to enact changes to unfair legislative practices and to have a seat at the table to provide input for decisions that affect our neighborhoods.  Empowering the community through informational sessions, workshops, movies, and more engaging and interactive activities is always a huge for this committee. 

 

Events and activities include: 

  • Voter Registration Drives/Meet the Candidate Forums

  • Town hall meetings/Community Forums

  • Social Action Theatre, Woke Wednesday Live

  • MLK Day of Service- Molloy College

  • Delta Days at the: County Executive’s Office,  Police Commissioner’s Office, at the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Town Supervisor’s Office and School Board Meetings

  • Social Action Symposium and more

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53rd National Convention
National Social Action Award
3rd Place Heritage and Archives
RM Award

2016: Eastern Regional Conference- Pittsburgh, PA

  • Collegiate Transition Taskforce Award

2017: 53rd National Convention- Las Vegas, Nevada

  • National Social Action Award;

  • National Risk Management Award;

  • Third Place-Heritage and Archives Certificate;

  • Runner up for the Regional International Awareness and Involvement Award;

  • Runner up for Alumnae Soror of the Year (Pamela G. Washington-Parkes); and

  • 2 of our resolutions were adopted 

2018

  • Eastern Regional Conference-Hartford, CT - Exemplary Economic Development Award