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PROJECT 13 is an initiative of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. designed to demonstrate the sisterhood’s united power of service and ability to impact communities around the world. The Initiative, led by the National Strategic Partnerships Task Force, is comprised of three categories: • Historical partnerships; • Partnerships with agencies dedi-cated to serving communities and providing resources for diseases that disproportionately impact Afri-can- Americans; • Partnerships or initiatives of cor-porations, organizations and agen-cies that support Deltas, initiatives, projects and the community. Project 13 was launched in the 2011-2012 sorority year with four partnerships. It grew to 13 in 2013. Those partnerships will continue, and possibly more will be added, in 2014. For each new partnership, a toolkit will be developed to provide a step-by-step guide to implement-ing the projects associated with that partner. These projects and ac-tivities are designed so that all chap-ters, small and large, collegiate and alumnae can participate. The vision for Project 13 is to have all sorors and chapters across the globe unite around this initiative. Each region is responsible for leading two projects. Historical Partnerships: • NACP – Delta teamed with the National Association for the Ad-vancement of Colored People to in-crease awareness of the effective s10 DELTA SGIMA THETA SORORITY, INC. work of the NAACP and increase the orga-nization’s membership numbers as it continues to fight for social justice for all Americans. • NCNW – The National Council of Negro Women partnership is focused on increasing the number of Delta women who have active member-ships in the orga-nization, honoring the legacy of the Sorority’s 10th National President, Dr. Dorothy Irene Height. • Urban League – The National Ur-ban League partnership focuses on the Urban League’s signature pro-gram, the Comprehensive Housing Counseling Program. It provides free private con-sultation be-tween a hous-ing counselor and the cli-ent. Delta chapters have collabo-rated with their local Urban League affiliates to host consultation events that will provide information to homebuyers and help clients acquire and maintain affordable housing. The goal is to break the cycle of poverty and level the economic playing field. • UNCF – Delta Sigma Theta Soror-ity, Inc. is enhancing its partnership with the Unit-ed Negro Col-lege Fund to get students to and through college. The Sorority launched the Delta Dollars Save UNCF Scholars Initiative. Delta Dollars helps save UNCF scholars by ensuring students will get the dollars needed to stay in school and complete their degrees. In 2013, Deltas donated funds to sup-port the initiative. Partnerships with Agencies Dedicated to Serving Communities and Providing Resources for Diseases that Disproportionately Impact African-Americans: • American Heart Association – In collaboration with the American Heart Association’s National Cam-paign “Go Red for Women,” Delta Sig-ma Theta Sorority, Inc. launched “Go Red and Wear Red” in February 2013. The goal for chapters with this part-nership is to share the importance of how to live a heart healthy lifestyle. • American Diabetes Association – The Sorority supported the Choose to Live: Sisters Strong Together Afri-can- American Initiative of the Ameri-can Diabetes Association in 2013. Project 13 Strengthens Sorority’s Ties to the Community Compiled by Lydia Templeton and Erica Donerson


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