OCAC-CA Youth Programs

Youth programs are at the heart of what we do. Our programs are a comprised of Delta Sigma Theta's Academy, GEMS and EMBODI Programs for Junior High and High School Students. GEMS is an acronym for Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully and EMBODI is an acronym for Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence. 

Orange County (CA) Alumnae Chapter Delta GEMS/EMBODI Program,Success for Teens and Financial Literacy, is a personal development program for 21st century youth. This character and leadership development program is based on the principles of self-actualization and will teach skills in the areas of critical thinking, goal setting, active listening, applied learning and problem solving. Through a series of workshops over several months, 9th-12th grade student participants from Orange County, California schools will be exposed to curricula and facilitated discussions that explore dream building, self-motivation and time management principles for the purpose of 21st century work-force preparation. The goal is to create a sustainable and transformational community-based youth program that will meet the following objectives. Participants will:

• Identify their unique and innate skills, abilities and talents.
• Develop a plan to build upon those skills for a successful future.
• Establish goals with concrete next steps towards a roadmap.
• Determine how to apply their leadership skills within the community.
• Monitor progress and program success through evaluation surveys. 

The Orange County (CA) Alumnae Delta Academy/EMBODI Program, Junior Achievement and 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens, is a personal development program for 21st Century Middle School Youth. Our innovative, hands-on program is designed to stimulate middle school youth to explore their world while we introduce them to entrepreneurship. We help them develop personally and professionally into future leaders.


OCAC-CA is gearing up to re-start its Delta GEMS/EMBODI and Delta Academy/EMBODI Program  for Middle School aged youth. Continue to follow our website updates for more information.  In 2018, the Delta GEMS/EMBODI will be working through Financial Literacy and the Delta Academy/EMBODI will be working through the 7 Habits of Successful Teens Curriculum.