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MCDAF continues to make a significant impact in the Montgomery County community by having successful partnerships with other organizations like the Montgomery County (MD) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (MCAC); the Montgomery County Volunteer Center; the Maryland Health Connection/Maryland Health Benefit Exchange; and the Delta Research and Educational Fund (DREF).  As a partner, MCDAF has supported various programs and initiatives that help better the lives of county residents.  Below are a few examples.

Montgomery County Volunteer Center – Germantown, MD
MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OF SERVICE

Each year on January 15th, with the aid of dedicated volunteers and generous sponsors, the Montgomery County Volunteer Center (MCVC) hosts the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service (“MLK Day of Service”) at three main sites across the county, with one of the sites being the Silver Spring Civic Center in downtown Silver Spring, MD.  On that day, numerous volunteers join together in celebrating Dr. King’s legacy by participating in service projects designed to benefit those in need.  As a registered MCVC organization, MCDAF participates in the MLK Day of Service by providing sponsorships to local organizations for various service projects and/or having its board members volunteer their time to assist with those projects.

This year, MCDAF sponsored the Paint Branch High School Eclectic Step Team.  Its project was to provide care kits to teens impacted by the hurricanes in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Below are photos of the team, along with MCDAF board members and MD State Senator Will Smith.

To learn more about the MLK Day of Service, contact info@mcdaf.org.

Maryland Health Connection/Maryland Health Benefit Exchange – Baltimore, MD
AFFORDABLE CARE ACT OUTREACH PROGRAM

For the past several years, MCDAF played a key role in the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services’ Maryland Health Benefit Exchange (MHBE) Capital Region Connector Entity Program (the “Affordable Care Act Outreach Program”) that seeks to educate disproportionately uninsured, under-insured, and underrepresented Montgomery County residents about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to enroll them in health insurance coverage.  During that time, MCDAF had the pleasure of partnering with several local organizations, including Pride Youth Services, Inc.; the African American Health Program; the Montgomery County (MD) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; the Montgomery County (MD) Alumnae Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.  These organizations’ collaborative efforts resulted in numerous ACA-related outreach and health literacy support activities/events that reached thousands of Montgomery County residents.

For more information about the program, visit https://www.marylandhbe.com/connectors-acses/connector-entities/.

Delta Research and Educational Foundation – Washington, DC
Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC) Advocacy Town Hall

In 2014, the Delta Research and Educational Foundation (DREF), in collaboration with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., launched the Delta Teacher Efficacy Campaign (DTEC).  The campaign is designed to enhance teacher effectiveness and promote learning among at-risk, urban students with the goal of increasing graduation rates.  A component of DTEC includes advocacy through community partnerships, outreach, and town halls.

With the assistance of a competitive grant from DREF, MCDAF previously sponsored a DTEC advocacy town hall, entitled, “Strategies for Improving Teacher Efficacy in Montgomery County through Culturally Responsive Methods.”  During the town hall, audience participants (which included parents, students, and other concerned community members) learned ways to support local teachers and to help students graduate from high school.  They also had the opportunity to directly engage the event speakers, which included Andrew Platt, Jr., MD State Delegate; Timothy B. Warner, Chief Engagement and Partnership Officer at Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS); Ruby Rubens, former MCPS ombudsman, Wilma Holmes, former school principal; and Stephanie Allen, MCPS teacher.

Overall, the town hall was well received.  In large part, participants agreed that the town hall helped them understand which instructional techniques would be most effective for culturally diverse students and that the questions posed during the town hall helped them understand the issues of most concern to the public.  MCDAF looks forward to providing similar town halls in the future.

For more information about DTEC, visit http://www.deltafoundation.net/research-education/about-dtec-learn-more.

Pride Youth Services (PYS) is helping African American youth expand their potential, achieve their goals and feel a well-earned sense of PRIDE. Since 2001, PYS has stood hand in hand with our nation’s inner-city youth, providing the resources and skills to help mentor and grow the next generation of black leaders.

Culturally sensitive and competent services for African-American youth between the ages of 14- 18 in various counties within Maryland have traditionally been very limited. In seeking to respond to this void, in 2001 Pride Youth Services, Inc. was established and designed its services to assist and prepare youth in making empowering choices as they confront life’s challenges. While making significant contributions to African-American youth and their families, PYS Inc. is also well suited to provide culturally appropriate services to multi-cultural youth populations. PYS Inc. services have positively impacted the lives of hundreds of young people and their families.

Montgomery County (MD) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Silver Spring, MD
MCAC-DST FORMATION CONFERENCE

MCDAF has been a proud Diamond Sponsor of the Formation Conference, which is presented annually by the Montgomery County (MD) Delta Alumnae Chapter (MCAC) of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. This free conference is designed to empower young girls and their parents. Held at Montgomery College’s Germantown Campus, the conference equips both girls and their parents with the tools and techniques needed to explore the idea of non-traditional careers underrepresented by women. It includes a dynamic and diverse panel of speakers and life-skill activities for all attendees.

For more information about the Formation Conference, visit Formation Conference.

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