Sigma Lambda Promoting Education, the Arts, our Roots, Leadership and Service is a mentorship program designed and geared toward girls ages 9 to 13 with the intention of instilling a sense of sisterhood, cultural pride, academic excellence and service to the community within its participants, through team-building activities and projects.
The Sigma Lambda PEARLS Program was piloted with a group of 15 fifth graders at P.S. 43 in the Spring of 2000 and was very successful. The PEARLS program has touched the lives of countless young girls who look to the program as an outlet for creativity and exposure to life outside their school walls and environment.
The Leadership, Advancement, and Development of our Young Sisters (LADYS) Program was established by Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. in the Fall of 2001 by the Theta Epsilon Graduate/Professional Chapter located in Buffalo/Rochester, New York. Understanding the sensitive issues young high school women face, the members (Hermanas) wanted to create a curriculum that addressed and managed the needs of this population. In addition, the program was initiated as a means for Hermanas and other exceptional women who are passionate about working with young people to give back to their community.
Since its inception, the LADYS Program has shown participants (ages 14-18) are more avid to complete high school, gaining college preparatory skills and successfully transitioning into post-secondary options. This includes acceptance into higher education institutions and starting professional careers.
Upon successful completion of high school and the program, active participants are awarded the Sigma Lambda LADYS Book Scholarship, a $200 scholarship to assist with the economic demands of institutions of higher learning.
If you are interested in joining this mentorship program, please contact our Director of Philanthropy
Historically, our organization has worked with children and youth as the primary target population of our philanthropic effort. In the early 90's, there was much interest centered on bilingualism in the classroom and the high illiteracy rates across America. At age four, Latino children tend to have less developed school-related skills than their caucasian counterparts. By age nine, Latino students lag behind in reading, mathematics, and science proficiency. Thus, in the spring of 2000, the Sorority decided to focus its efforts and funding on literacy. The Sorority advocates for literacy as a means of ensuring the empowerment and success of our nation and the people of its diverse communities. We strive to encourage literacy as an activity that affords limitless possibilities and promotes reading and writing as enjoyable, exciting, and empowering.
We believe literacy is power. We believe literacy is freedom. We believe literacy is lifelong learning. Literacy is more than just reading. We define literacy as does UNESCO- the ability to identify, understand, interpret, create, communicate, compute and use printed and written materials associated with varying contexts. We acknowledge that Literacy can be expanded to include many areas such as: financial literacy, technological literacy, health literacy and more. Literacy-- in all its forms -- empowers us to transform our lives for ourselves and others. The premise of our philanthropic work focuses on the power of literacy to uplift our communities and foster confidence in our young people, for them to advance toward their educational, personal, and professional goals. In turn, our children will be set on the right path toward establishing a foundation of success for our communities and our nation as whole.
The National Performance Team of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc., known as “BlackListed”, was formed to represent the Hermandad at both step and stroll events. The traditional step show is not an all-encompassing representation of who we are, therefore we do not confine ourselves to that mold. Sigma Lambda Upsilon’s National Performance Team does the Greek thing, the Latino way.
Our show is as diverse as our Scintillating Señoritas. Our step and stroll show is a combination of the various aspects of our culture, both as Latinas and as Greeks. Our team strives to represent Sigma Lambda Upsilon to the fullest at national step and stroll competitions and exhibitions. Our style and grace provide a unique twist to the conventional step and stroll shows by captivating our audience through combining different styles of hip-hop, reggae, salsa, merengue, bachata, and African dance with traditional stroll and step choreography derived from the collegiate Greek culture.