Sisterhood Agenda, Inc.

Sisterhood Agenda is an award-winning nonprofit organization that creates and implements activities for women and girls with special emphasis on females of African descent who are historically at-risk and traditionally underserved. The organization promotes empowerment through: sisterhood, self-development, self-knowledge and self-esteem. Sisterhood Agenda serves over 5 million constituents each year and has over 3,000 Global Partners in 32 countries. Global Partners create an extensive sisterhood network to increase local organization capacity and empower women and girls. Sisterhood Agenda's Global Training Academy, based in the U.S. Virgin Islands, attracts international participan...
Jul 14, 2014

Help Girls in St. John Create a Space of Their Own

Fire & Lioness, Sisterhood Mentoring
Fire & Lioness, Sisterhood Mentoring

We Empower Girls!

I am excited to announce an awesome new challenge for women and girls. Sisterhood Agenda will launch a month-long campaign to raise funds to build the Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA) starting July 15th and ending August 15th. We are asking all those who can help to do so NOW.  Our goal is to raise $5,000 by the August 15th deadline.

There are no women centers, YWCA’s or Girls Scouts in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Sisterhood Agenda implemented the first Female Empowerment Conference for 100 high school girls in the Virgin Islands and implements sisterhood mentoring programs for girls. 

Sisterhood Agenda will use funds to build the Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA), an eco-friendly female resource center: a place of knowledge, support, self-determination, and healing.

History and research shows us that communities cannot operate independent of their environment. The SEA incorporates permaculture design and premier local natural building materials while complimenting the surrounding natural environment to build a sustainable building consisting of 1,680 square feet of indoor/outdoor meeting spaces with a multi-media center, and library. The facility includes organic fruit, vegetable, and herb gardens with ocean front views. Land for the academy has been secured at the envionrmentally protected eco-sytem of Frank Bay in St. John.

You can help girls create a space of their own by supporting the building of the SEA.  This is a global campaign and Sisterhood Agenda has only have one month to raise as much as we can for the project.  Please share this information with your friends and others to encourage them to donate, too.   

Feel free to email me if you more information.  Thanks so much!

Warm Regards,
Angela Coleman

Sisterhood Mentoring Program
Sisterhood Mentoring Program
A Journey Toward Womanhood graduation
A Journey Toward Womanhood graduation
View from the land parcel for the SEA
View from the land parcel for the SEA
SEA location, environmentally protected eco-system
SEA location, environmentally protected eco-system

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May 6, 2014

Do You C-MEE?

Our girls often communicate that they feel invisible, as if their accomplishments, needs, and desires are not heard and don’t matter. Of course, they do! As our girls get older, they need to be prepared for the work force. Sisterhood Agenda encourages them with our unique C-MEE strategy: Citizenship, Mentoring, Education, and Employment.

From July 8-August 1, 2014, Sisterhood Agenda will serve 15 youth in the St. Thomas/St. John school district, the largest district in the U.S. Virgin Islands with Sisterhood Brotherhood Career Development & Life Skills Program.  This program incorporates Sisterhood Agenda's unique C-MEE strategy, a progressive out-of-school approach that includes gender-specific, culturally relevant, multi-media, and hands-on activities that engage young people. We combine both educational and occupational approaches. It is an enrichment strategy that includes: academics, drama, arts, culture, trades, health, life skills, self-esteem, sisterhood/brotherhood, athletics, and computers.

Past summer program sites included Tutu Park Mall and Ivanna Eudora Kean High School. This summer, the program will be held at the Tutu Park Mall.  Once the SEA building is constructed, we will be able to implement this program in our new Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA) building.

The CMEE strategy teaches youth ages 14 and 15 to be responsible citizens and leaders as they prepare to enter the workforce by promoting these four key areas in the curriculum: Education, Employment, Mentoring, and Citizenship. In addition to encouraging entrepreneurship and self-determination, the program will help participants:

  • Explore career and workforce options
  • Promote school attendance and achievement,
  • Prevent gang violence and juvenile delinquency,
  • Prevent drug abuse, teen pregnancy and HIV/AIDS,
  • Promote self-respect and respect for others,
  • Promote cultural awareness and positive behaviors,
  • Stimulate interest in technology and media,
  • Teach life skills, holistic health and fitness,
  • Use research-based approaches that work,
  • Engage youth like never before!

Expenses for this program total $4,500 for the summer and $43,000 for the school year. Expenses include costs for program staff (project director and teacher/mentors), materials and supplies (books and educational supplies), local travel, insurance, communications, and program space.

May 6, 2014

SHE Implementation 2014

Did you know?

Eighty percent (80%) of African America women are overweight/obese. Obesity is a precursor for heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.

Heart attacks and strokes are the leading causes of premature death for racial minorities. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports heart disease as THE leading cause of death for African American women. Several medical conditions and lifestyle choices also increase risk: diabetes, overweight/obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use.

Sisterhood Agenda is in the process of building its Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA) to house its SHE Sisters Healthy & Empowered program, slated to begin July 2014. We are very excited about launching this important health project!

Of course, Sisterhood Agenda will continue to celebrate National Women’s Health Week, even though funding for this initiative is no longer available. Sisterhood Agenda will provide valuable educational materials such as magnets, healthy recipes and healthy guidelines to the public, discuss health issues, and register SHE participants.

Health is holistic: we need clean water, air, and food to nourish our minds, bodies, and souls. Without good health, quality of life is severely diminished. The good news is that many health diseases are preventable with proper education and support.

Starting with pilot programming in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Sisterhood Agenda will expand its programs nationally within the next five years.

As we all strive for happiness, every day can be a healthy and empowered day!

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