Pamela A. Bakewell the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Bakewell Company and Mona Jones, President of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Compton Alumnae Chapter.
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Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Compton Alumnae Chapter, had a grand public service fundraiser entitled – The 6th Annual Essence of the Soul…A Celebration of Women Fashion Show & Luncheon on Saturday, May 30,. The event was designed to celebrate great women in our lives and community. An inspirational keynote was delivered by Pamela A. Bakewell, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Bakewell Company, one of the largest African American commercial real estate development companies in the Western United States. Bakewell spoke of the value of faith, family; the Fortitude required to tackle any task set before you. Additionally, she emphasized all challenges may not be forth right or clearly attuned to your professional experience. So, with that said, the audience was encouraged to move out of their comfort zone and try a multitude of leadership roles. In this way, one might discover the correct fit to accomplish greatness. Overall, Bakewell emphasized listening to God’s direction will guide you to your place and destiny. It was truly “HERstory into Greatness”.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, Compton Alumnae Chapter selected Councilwoman Jana Zurita as their 2015, Community Service Awardee. She was honored for her dedication to public service and support of Compton. She has actively worked to support the Delta’s Youth program on Saturdays at the Sheik Center along with working together with Compton Delta’s on: City Heath Fair, Homeless Census Count, and Veteran Stand Down projects. Furthermore, the councilwoman is working hard to eliminate human trafficking of youth within Compton, and she has placed a focus on increasing economic growth and commerce. Always ready and willing to assist and serve her community, she has led the charge to reduce water rates in the City of Compton as well. Working to improve the quality of life for all Compton residents, Councilmember Zurita supports public safety, clean safe parks and neighborhoods, enhanced street and sidewalk services, new business development, and senior services.
Of course, the event’s highlight was to award two academic scholarships in the amount of $500.00. Scholarship Committee Chairperson’s Doris Ayer’s and JoAnn Davis –Thomas provided checks to Ms. Chloe White a Chemistry Major from Cerritos High School whom is looking forward to attending Spellman University in Atlanta Georgia and Ms. Calloni Gibbs from View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School whom is looking forward to attending Clark University of Atlanta Georgia this September 2015.
Compton Alumnae Chapter sponsors three Youth programs: The EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence); Betty Shabazz Delta Academy and the Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS Initiative (GEMS) which is an acronym for Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully. All three meet the 3rd Saturday each month from 9am to 12noon at the Sheik Compton Community Center from September through June. Program youth participants were showcased on the run way as well.
The EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) program is designed to refocus the efforts of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., with the support and action of other major organizations, on the plight of African-American males. Both informal and empirical data suggests that the vast majority of African-American males continues to be in crisis and is not reaching its fullest potential educationally, socially and emotionally these issues through dialogue and recommendations for change and action. EMBODI addresses issues related to STEM education, culture, self-efficacy, leadership, physical and mental health, healthy lifestyles choices, character, ethics, relationships, college readiness, fiscal management, civic engagement and service learning from Ages of 11-18. The Betty Shabazz Delta Academy is a unique program designed for young ladies. The goals of the Delta Academy are to enhance or spark interest in math, science, technology careers for ages of 11-14 in grades 6 through 8th Grades. The Academy aims to equip young women with vital information, tools, and skills that will help them advance and attain their academic, career, and personal goals. The Academy enlists prominent women from the local community, the college, various careers, with a wide variety of leadership experience to provide meaningful mentorship
The Dr. Jeanne L. Noble Delta GEMS Initiative uses the GEMS is an acronym for Growing and Empowering Myself Successfully. Since its inception in 2004, the Delta GEMS youth initiative has served as a catalyst for young African-American women between the ages of 14 and 18 to enhance their abilities in order to achieve academic excellence programs and activities that sharpen and enhance the skills of young African-American women by promoting high levels of academic success, assisting young women in proper goal setting; developing compassionate, caring, community-minded young women; and emphasizing decision-making and planning for the high school years and beyond
The program also had Fashion Designer and Modeling Company President Toi Arnold provide a year in reflection of fashions by The Toi Box Modeling Co. and lifted our spirits with God’s Favor/McCoy Memorial Baptist Church—Praise Dancers enlighten our souls.
The Compton Alumnae Chapter 803 which was charted over 26 years ago on March 6, 1989 to service the needs of Compton, Gardena, Lynwood and Watts communities. Our national, organization was founded in 1913; Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization whose purpose is to provide assistance and support through established programs in local communities. Major programs of the sorority are based upon the organization’s Five Point Programmatic Thrust: Economic Development, Educational Development, International Awareness and Involvement, Physical and Mental Health, and Political Awareness and Involvement. Our sisterhood comprises of more than 200,000 colleges educated women, with over 900 chapters in communities around the world dedicated to public service. http://www.deltasigmatheta.org/. This event raises funds all of our community programs and projects.