Dedicated to Service | Destined to Lead | Devoted to a Better Gwinnett

CRÈME DE LA CRÈME COTILLION~BEAUTILLION PROGRAM

Preparing for Excellence – Exceeding the Dream

In collaboration with Fortitude Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization established in partnership with the Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter (GCAC) to serve as the foremost resource to house, facilitate, and foster community service programs in Gwinnett County, we are pleased to present our Cotillion~Beautillion Program. The Cotillion~Beautillion is our premier cultural biennial event to prepare young men and women at the threshold of adulthood to assume their place in society by introducing them to educational, social, and cultural graces while preparing them for service.

OBJECTIVES OF THE COTILLION~BEAUTILLION

The Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority strives to bring value to the greater Gwinnett community, workforce, and society by enhancing the lives of the debutantes and beaus through exemplary programs, preparation techniques, pursuit of personal and scholarly excellence, and commitment to service to the greater Gwinnett community. Cotillion~Beautillion participants are given the opportunity to participate in a nine month program consisting of personal development seminars in the areas of financial management, relationship development, effective communication, dining/social etiquette, and networking. In addition, debutantes and beaus are charged with giving back to the community by participating in local community service activities. The participants will have an opportunity to exchange information, establish camaraderie, reinforce bonds of friendship, build personal character, and have an invaluable experience that they will use as a foundation for lifelong achievement. The Cotillion~Beautillion Program is committed to reinforcing parental values, promoting responsible citizenship, and community activism. The program will develop well-rounded initiatives for young men and women that will build community while respecting and enhancing the unique individualism of every debutante and beau. GCAC strives to produce a more confident, critically aware individual who challenges society to develop viable solutions to its ills while promoting empowerment, leadership, and personal accountability through mentorship.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PARTICIPANTS

Rising juniors or seniors who have demonstrated exemplary moral standards, academic achievement, leadership ability, community and school involvement, plan to attend a post-secondary institution, and have a grade point average of 2.0 or better will be eligible for consideration as a prospective member of the Cotillion~Beautillion Court.

A little History

The Cotillion ~ Beautillion

A Cotillion ~ Beautillion is a formal presentation of young ladies (debutantes) and a rite of passage for young men (beaus) that mark their coming of age. The Cotillion ~ Beautillion Ball is the culmination of a nine month program focused on self-awareness, social development, and a heightened sense of personal and civic responsibility.

Inaugural Cotillion 2008

The Cotillion Program was introduced to GCAC by Soror Latabia Woodward. Soror Woodward along with Soror Lakisha Platenburg (co-chair) and host of dynamic sorors led the debut of the Crème de la Crème Cotillion in March 2008.  It has been our premier fundraiser to finance the chapter’s public service initiatives and scholarships to deserving college bound students in the Gwinnett County community.

Development

In an effort to distinguish our Cotillion Program from others throughout the state of Georgia, Sorors Traci Bahsoon and Jameka Reese Blackmon led the charge to add the Beautillion component to include young men in the program in the summer of 2009. The members of the Gwinnett County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority embraced this change and the Cotillion~Beautillion Program was conceived.

2009 – Now

Our Ladies and Gents in Waiting (LGW) make their initial introduction to our esteemed guests in high anticipation of their continuance in the Debutante~Beau Program.  The LGW program is a Leadership Training program designed to equip
8th-10th graders the capacity to excel academically and socially during their 11th and 12th grade years.

Testimonials

Looking back on it, it was one of the most special nights of my life and I was so grateful that I was able to share it with family and friends. I will forever treasure the memories and friendships made throughout the CoBeau season and hope that the debutante tradition is carried on in my family for generations to come.

Bradlei Smith· Debutante, 2010

Taylor’s debutante journey was one of the most empowering and inspiring experiences during a very special time of her life; her Senior Year in High School. Being a GCAC debutante sparked a stronger desire to excel, to believe more purposefully and intentionally in herself, and most importantly, to witness first hand how large, and how much her village unconditionally loved, and hands down supported her. I am still in awe of how the positive evidence of this life changing journey is still making in her life. I can’t wait for my son to become a Beau!

Darcele Horton· Parent

“I will always treasure watching the debutantes who
arrived as soft-spoken girls, formally announced while taking that deep curtsy. At that moment, I saw the awkward grins melt away, and these poised, elegant young woman emerge right before my eyes. I have never before been so proud.”

Jameka Reese Blackmon· Chair (2010, 2012, 2018)

What we offer?

We offer a premier cultural biennial event to prepare young men and women at the threshold of adulthood to assume their place in society.

Servant Leadership

Promote a desire to serve with an emphasis on collaboration, trust, empathy, and the ethical use of power. Enhance individual growth, teamwork and overall  involvement and satisfaction.

Career Planning

Explore interests and abilities; Advance the ideal of strategically planning career goals; Create future work success through networking experiences and career awareness sessions to familiarize participants with career research.

Exposure

Provide cultural experiences for participants to develop an appreciation for an art, activity or interest such as live theater performances, golf clinics, and museums. Create opportunities to network with with community/government leaders.

Public Speaking

Host opportunities to enhance oration skills in a live audience setting including peers and community leaders. Focus on the three general purposes of public speaking: to inform, to persuade and to entertain.

Social Etiquette

Educate on the code of behavior that delineates expectations for social behavior within particular settings. This includes dining skills to establish credibility and reputation and to build self-confidence. 

 

College Preparation

Introduction to application completion and follow up using current methodologies of colleges and universities.  “Building the Basics before College” through the exploration of checking writing, account balancing, and effective study skills.

Mentorship

Guidance throughout and beyond the program in like interests and career aspirations.  The goal is to support and encourage participants to manage their own growth in order that they may maximize their potential and become the person they want to be.

Character Building

Indelible moments that strengthen each participant’s character through life skills and training that will develop happier more confident adults.  Address communication techniques, law enforcement interaction/engagement, civic responsibilities, and goal setting.

If additional information is needed, please contact the Cotillion~Beautillion committee via email at cobeau@gwinnettdst.org or (678) 318-1831.