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...
Nov 11, 2014

Girls Get Ready for Leadership Training & Retreats

New Year
New Year's Eve Youth Extravaganza

Our group of thirty girls in St. John has been reduced to ten after the majority of girls graduated and now attend high school on the island of St. Thomas.  With this ten, we are focusing on leadership training, sisterhood retreats, field trips, and paid employement positions so that they can "pay it forward" by helping their younger sisters.

Activities focus on peer mentoring, team building and mentoring young girls to build the Sisterhood Mentoring group back up to thirty through engagement of girls at the local elementary school. Leadership training and sisterhood retreats promote health and emotional well-being, healing from trauma, positive behavior, and goal-setting while offering paid employment opportunities for those whom are eligible.

The group is getting ready for the 5th Annual Sisterhood Brotherhood New Year's Eve Youth Extravaganza on December 31, 2014. The venue has been secured. We are receiving small businss sponsorships from local businesses and will plan the event's activities with youth in the Sisterhood Mentoring group and the St. John Youth Coalition.

It's going to be a great winter and a positive start to the new year!

Nov 11, 2014

Key Partnerships Move Project Forward

Some of the project
Some of the project's community partners

Sisterhood Agenda is excited to move its partnerships with Reel Sisters based in New York and the International Black Women's Film Festival based in California to the next level by bringing films to the Positive Media project component of the Global Educational Empowerment for 100,000 Project.  By doing so, Sisterhood Agenda is expanding the reach of these organization beyond New York and California, to places in-between and interationally to Sisterhood Agenda's 3,500 global partners.

An important aspect of the Global Edcational Empowerment Project is Positive Media, seeing females of African descent in realistic, diverse cinematic representations.  In addition to films that are part of the these two film festivals, Sisterhood Agenda has been acquiring other media that will be accessible via lifestream (Internet) sharing. 

Another key aspect of the Global Educational Empowement for 100,000 project is sisterhood mentoring.  Sisterhood Agenda continues to mentor its group of girls in St. John and will offer them, along with other youth in the community, paid positions to train and assist with youth leadership development efforts on the island.

The Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA) is also a key component of the project strategy.  By having an eco-friendly, female-centered, space with a library and multi-media center, empowerment is a shared strategy with a physical, centralized space. Once the SEA is built (estimated date of completion February 2015), the livestreaming and global sharing will begin.

Sisterhood Agenda continues to publish its Black Girls Guide book series to empower girls.  It's latest guide, How to Be a Sister, has been the best-selling book of the series.

International Black Women
International Black Women's Film Festival Call
International Black Women
International Black Women's Film Festival
Reel Sisters, global partner
Reel Sisters, global partner
Oct 21, 2014

SEA Update for Fall

Frank Bay, the VI National Park beach near the SEA
Frank Bay, the VI National Park beach near the SEA

Good Day,

As promised, here is an update regarding the building of our Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA).  Currently, we are seeking $10,000 to construct the building foundation, so spread the word!  Please see our accomplishments below and do not hesitate to contact me at (340) 714-7076.  Your generous support for this important project means A LOT.

1. Met with St. John architect, William Willigerod, to develop our architectural plan-see a rough draft of the blueprint attached. Completing the detailed architectural drawing has been the primary focus for the last two months. The final plan is amazing. Thank you, Bill!

2. Secured recycled building materials from the Island Green Living Association’s new Reuse Center in Gifft Hill on   St. John.

3. Identified two 20’ high cube shipping containers for the building design.

4.  Shipped building materials and office furniture from Puerto Rico while attending the Virgin Islands Department of Health strategic planning session for Sisterhood Agenda’s St. John Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Project (STJ Y-SAPP).

5. To date, raised over $39,000 to build the SEA, including the Operation Girl fundraising challenge—thank you donors, we could not do this without you!

6.  Gathered documents, including the architectural drawing, to submit our building permit application; it should be submitted by the end of next week.

7.  Began working with media, branding and public relations specialists to create a comprehensive media campaign for Sisterhood Agenda in 2015.

8.  Launched our new Tumblr page, http://sisterhoodagenda.tumblr.com/#, and began working on a new updated, responsive website focused on public education and fundraising.

9. Prepared items to sell at the annual Animal Care Center of St. John Flea Market as a fundraiser for the SEA.

I look forward to sharing more updates, including pictures and video, as we break ground and begin building.  Thank you for being a part of the SEA!

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