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Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence

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.

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 (ages 13-17) with the ultimate goal of increasing their knowledge and awareness of issues affecting young men today.

EMBODI is designed for:


  • Young men who need guidance, support and skills to achieve success.

  • Young men who have an interest and desire to develop leadership skills.

  • Young men who have a desire to or is actively pursuing college and/or career options.

  • Young men who are interested in obtaining the tools necessary for building opportunities for developing independence

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