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HSOs (High School Organizations) Posted on 01-05-2008
missladiee

Soooo... out of curiousity... Were any of you, or are any of you, members of High School Organizations (HSOs)? Here in Memphis, they are kind if popular with the High School students... we have tons of them.. and they step, host parties, do their strolls and calls and all that jazz. They do they whole "pledging" process (lines) and initiaite members, community service projects, etc. etc. The less knowledgable people refer to them as "high school sororities/fraternities", though we always have to correct them because we are NOT and do not claim to be sororities/fraternities... although some of the male organizations are affiliated with some fraternities (Kappa League, NSI/Omega Prep). So I was just wondering if they were popular elsewhere or if any of you are/had been members of anything similar?
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Renegade11 replied on 05-16-2008 08:57PM [Reply]
In the midwest and up north they are not popular. I didn't hear about em until I joined my frat (Dem Damn Sigmas) and we have our club, which is the "Sigma Beta Club". Those young men basically do the same thing as members of my frat. They are in the student body, some steppers, leaders, and athletes.. WE (Sigmas) try to prepare these young men how to deal with issues in and outside of school. Hopefully they grow up to be like Senator Barack Obama...
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LadyNole09 replied on 05-18-2008 04:57PM [Reply]
Here in Florida, I was approached by some friends in high school to get me to do what the Deltas call Del-Teens. The Zetas had the Archonettes (which I have a friend who was involved in it), a few friends who were the little sisters to the AKAs and there is also the K League. I didn't know too many guys that were Sigma Betas. The whole step team thing didn't start until after I graduated high school and by then, I was a sophomore in school.
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ANGEL16 replied on 06-05-2008 11:13PM [Reply]
I was a member of "Delta Academy" for two years which is a Teen org sponsored by grad chapters of Delta Sigma Theta in local areas. In it we were able to get undergraduate and gradaute mentors. My two mentors and I are now looking into sarting a "Delta GEMs" org. Hopefully that will be underway soonMy best friend was an amicette and is now an Archonette with Zeta Phi Beta. Both groups are geared towards refining and molding young ladies for the real world. We are also engaged in the community service projects our "big sisters" do. We dont strive to be "mini-sororities". They don't even try to sway us a certain way and the affiliation doesn't influence my decision on my life-long commitment. We're a group of education-focused, goal oriented young ladies working togetherThere are many chapters like this across North Carolina(guess it is a "down South" thing--lol)I love it and am very greatful to all the ladies who take time out of there BUSY schedules for us.
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DJ Knightmare from augusta, GA replied on 06-05-2008 11:16PM [Reply]

i wasent a member of any of that stuff... but any mentoring program is good... i think if black men and women wanna mentor then its all good weather it be in greek or non greek.... thats good to see College student reaching back and helping youth out.... im wit it all
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OohSheNIICE replied on 06-09-2008 04:57PM [Reply]
missladiee wrote:
Soooo... out of curiousity... Were any of you, or are any of you, members of High School Organizations (HSOs)? Here in Memphis, they are kind if popular with the High School students... we have tons of them.. and they step, host parties, do their strolls and calls and all that jazz. They do they whole "pledging" process (lines) and initiaite members, community service projects, etc. etc. The less knowledgable people refer to them as "high school sororities/fraternities", though we always have to correct them because we are NOT and do not claim to be sororities/fraternities... although some of the male organizations are affiliated with some fraternities (Kappa League, NSI/Omega Prep). So I was just wondering if they were popular elsewhere or if any of you are/had been members of anything similar?
Well I am from Northern Miss and Memphis so I know all about the Memphis high school organizations. I was an archonette during my high school years. I was actually in a lot of Sigma and Zeta organizations. A lot of those Memphis high school organizations annoy me. They want to be down so bad. They truly believe that they are members of the divine 9. There is no pledging process for a high school organization. I don't like it when they call their membership process "pledging". I also don't like them using the word sorority or fraternity. I believe many of them don't know the difference. That is the reason why many greeks don't like junior organizations. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the only NATIONAL junior greek organizations are the Archonette Club and the Sigma Beta Club. Someone told me that the Kappa League was national now as well. But all of those other memphis clubs... PGK, LOE, LLE, MOD, etc etc...can go!
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E.Hansel replied on 07-24-2008 02:40PM [Reply]
They have orgs like this in Las Vegas. Zeta Archonettes, Sigma (some word here), Omega Gents, Delta GEMS, AKATeens, & the Alphi Phi Alpha Men and Divas of Tomorrow. Never participated in any of them, but I had a lot of friends in the various orgs. They weren't too big on my side of town, but they did lots of community service and whatnot.
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skyblue from selma, AL replied on 08-28-2008 01:04PM [Reply]
the Deltas sponser a club here in alabama. we have stepteam,jackets (no greek letters), have a book club, softball team, and a choir. but we are just a club
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Invictus06 replied on 03-30-2010 11:15AM [Reply]

I never heard of highschool frats/soror until I moved to NC.

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MinellyDeme replied on 04-09-2013 01:10PM [Reply]
-I live in St. Petersburg, FL and I'm in the Delta GEMS program, I'm a senior & this will be my last year in the program  I was in Delta Academy my middle school years also. Down here in St.Pete our mentors didn't play when it came to imitating the actual Delta Sigma Theta sorority. At one point we were aloud to do a lot and get away with it  but there was an incident between the Delta GEMS and the Ivy Pearls (AKA youth org) one year at a MLK parade and we were no longer aloud to do ANYTHING we used to  No more step shows, no more stepping period, and no jackets. We did have a stroll that we would do in parades or at community events but that was as far as it would go.
We've visited Memphis and we did a collaboration with their GEMS and they were very much more sorority-like than we were. Their ad visors let them do a lot more than ours did. It was actually a fun experience but the downfall to that is it's very close to the actual sorority, hopefully they know that what they do NOW won't fly when they get to college.
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MinellyDeme replied on 04-09-2013 01:17PM [Reply]
"missladiee" wrote:
Soooo... out of curiousity... Were any of you, or are any of you, members of High School Organizations (HSOs)? Here in Memphis, they are kind if popular with the High School students... we have tons of them.. and they step, host parties, do their strolls and calls and all that jazz. They do they whole "pledging" process (lines) and initiaite members, community service projects, etc. etc. The less knowledgable people refer to them as "high school sororities/fraternities", though we always have to correct them because we are NOT and do not claim to be sororities/fraternities... although some of the male organizations are affiliated with some fraternities (Kappa League, NSI/Omega Prep). So I was just wondering if they were popular elsewhere or if any of you are/had been members of anything similar?


I live in St. Petersburg, FL where we have Omega Prep, Delta GEMS, Ivy Pearls and Kappa League. I'm a senior in HS and I'm in the Delta GEMS program which was a very helpful and productive program to be in. We never did anything too close to the actual sorority. Stepped here and there, strolled at the parades but calls and signs and mini probates were a HELL NO down here. Although I've traveled to Memphis and they are SERIOUS about their HSO's !
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