Debutante Legacy Programs
Vesper Service – The Vesper Service is a late-afternoon worship service hosted by the 12th grade Sub-Debutantes and is open to the public. The 12th grade young ladies read scriptures, share their varied talents, and received a gift from the 12th grade committee that is designed to impact their future. During this service, words of inspiration are delivered by the chapter’s Chaplain.
Debutante Cotillion–The Debutante Cotillion is the culminating event of the three-year experience for the Debutante Program. After months of rehearsals, the young ladies, accompanied by their parents and an escort, are presented to the Miami-Dade community in their all white formal gowns.
Orita Program – The Orita Program supports the “it takes a village” concept. The 11th Grade Sub-Debutantes are taken through a six component journey designed to challenge and prepare them to make informed decisions as they approach adulthood. The six components are:
An Understanding of the Black Experience in America
Managing the Family Budget
Exploration of Career and Educational Opportunities
Bible Study and Reflection
Completion of the components and creation of a scrapbook recording their journey are required for participation in the Orita Ceremony, an African rite of passage which culminates the Orita Program. African attire is appropriate for the Orita Ceremony.
Naming Ceremony – The Naming Ceremony is based on an African tradition by which young children are given a name to embody their character. The young ladies, as well as the entire audience, are in African attire as they present their African name to the community.
Mother Daughter Luncheon – The Mother Daughter Luncheon is a 10th Grade Sub-Debutante event at which activities designed to strengthen the bond between the mother and daughter are presented.