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...
Aug 6, 2014

Promoting Holistic Health With Our Girls

Thank you for your support!  We continue to work with our younger sisters in St. John to provide them with love, guidance, and a safe space just for them. We are grooming them to become leaders by offering them constructive outlets for expansion and opportunities for career development and life skills.  In addition, we are in the process of creating a natural product created from local materials to mass produce and market that represents who they are and where they want to be.

Our new activities will focus on holisttic health and healing. Women and girls in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) experience higher than average rates of obesity/overweight, diabetes, teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, substance abuse, and violence.

In the U.S., including its territories, one in three girls is sexually abused by age 18. Women are 50% more likely than men to have high adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Those with high ACEs are significantly more likely to have mental health and substance abuse problems, chronic physical illnesses, and early death. Women with high ACEs are prone to depression, are more likely to become victims of rape and domestic violence; two-thirds of all suicide attempts are attributable to ACEs.

While tourists generally come to the USVI to heal, most youth in the USVI do not experience healing. Sisterhood Agenda aims to change that through evidence-based program implementation that is:  1) African-centered, 2) trauma-informed, and 3) gender-responsive.

It is the understanding of whole body health (mental, spiritual, and physical) that will transform our mentoring initaitives with our girls. The healing envirionment created by the Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA) will also greatly facilitate empowerment and healing processes.

Sisterhood Agenda is expanding its team to include social workers and clinical psychologists who are committed to helping girls in St. John.  Training is provided by nationally recognized trauma and female empowerment experts.

Thank you again and we look forward to updating you about our new activities and the Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA).  We love having you on our team and hope that you will continue to support this important cause.

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.

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