One of our sisters, Cathy Gianella, won the Delta Gamma Fraternity Collegiate Leadership Award in 2009. She also recieved $2,000 with the award to donate to any non-profit organization of her choice. Cathy decided to give the money to a local non-profit organization that supports the blind and visually impaired by teaching them life skills to that allow them to live more independently.
But instead of just giving it to the organization, she asked that a program be created to specifically help teens in Memphis with visual impairements prepare for college and the workforce. And the Clovernook Transitions Program was born.
The program is supported almost entirely by Cathy's award money and will continue to be supported by the Delta Zeta Chapter's fundraising through events like Anchor Splash.
Teens who are involved in the program spend a week in March practicing for job interviews, visiting local universities, and becoming more confident as young adults. They also participate in fun activities during the week, such as horseback riding and lazertag.