The YWCA’s Tribute to Women of Influence (TWIN) event honors women who have made significant contributions to their fields, and recognizes those organizations that support such achievements. 2012 marks the 21th anniversary of TWIN. Leading up to this year’s September 20th event at Pack Place & Diana Wortham Theatre, we will highlight each of our 20 incredible TWIN Honorees. If you would like more information about the TWIN event, or to reserve a ticket, please visit www.ywcaofasheville.org.
A sisterhood of predominately Black college educated women, the Asheville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority works to empower children who are struggling academically through Delta House. Delta House provides hands-on, project based learning for more than 250 children every year in afterschool and summer camp in six sites across the community through a program called LEAAP or Learning through Extended Academics and Arts Program. The program is offered for free to qualifying students in third through eighth grades, who have struggled with end-of-grade tests.
LEAAP is targeting kids who live in poverty or go to low performing schools. The program employs certified teachers who submit lesson plans, and monitor and report students’ grades. Students work on project-based learning. As a result of the Delta’s involvement, children that have never passed the End of Grade Testing are receiving high marks. At least 40% of children engaged in the program go on to graduate from college.