This past Saturday, on Oct. 12, the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter hosted their 2013 Teen Lift orientation for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors.

Teen Lift is designed to address the needs of inner-city youth educationally, socially and culturally. Their focus is to help youth from urban communities who are often labeled as underachievers or at-risk. They want to get rid of that notion. However, their main objective is to provide experiences that develop confidence in themselves and foster a sense of commitment to their communities.

During the 11 workshops, students engaged in a comprehensive transformation process, developing their minds at the Emmanuel Baptist Church (36 St. James Place, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn). They spoke about the benefits of attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

To be a part of the program, students will attend weekend workshop sessions that will cover, health, political, cultural, educational and economic awareness. In addition to the tutoring and workshops, there will also be field trips. The Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter hopes that the program will inspire young adults to rise above any obstacles that may be in their way.

The Teen Lift program is offered to 11th and 12th-grade students who attend high school or live in Brooklyn. For more information regarding the TeenLift program, email