Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence (EMBODI) is the signature program of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s 24th National President, Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre. EMBODI is designed to refocus Delta’s efforts to collaborate with other established organizations and agencies to address the plight of African American males. The EMBODI program provides a continuum of services and addresses the specific needs of African-American males. The Prince George’s County Alumnae (PGCAC) and Fort Washington Alumnae (FWAC) Chapters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. have formed a collaborative partnership with the Prince George’s County Police Department to implement this vital program to refocus efforts on the plight of African American males. PGCAC will focus on high school students (ages 14-18) and the Fort Washington Alumnae Chapter (FWAC) will focus on middle school students (ages 11-14). Both informal and empirical data suggests that African American males continue to be in crisis and are not successful educationally, socially, and emotionally.
EMBODI is designed to address these issues through dialogue, recommended strategies, programs and activities. The goals of EMBODI are: To expand the horizons of young African American males by cultivating a personal vision for their lives; To provide tools for young African American males to attain a higher quality of life; To provide young African American males with an awareness of various college and career options to make rewarding life choices and decisions; and To create community-minded young African American males by actively involving them in service learning and community service opportunities. The Program serves as a motivational tool for African American teenage males with the ultimate goal of increasing their knowledge and awareness of issues affecting young men today.