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...
Feb 11, 2014

SHE Public Health Expansion

Sisterhood Agenda is excited to announce the expansion of its SHE Sisters Healthy & Empowered initiative by creating and implementing a new trauma-informed public health prevention strategy that includes a holistic and innovative approach with: a healing paradigm, youth programs, adult workshops, a multi-media national campaign, and digital mentoring.

The newly expanded comprehensive SHE initiative will address the top health issues that disproportionately affect African American females:

  1. Obesity and overweight
  2. Reproductive health: HIV/AIDS, uterine fibroids, sexually transmitted infections, teen pregnancy
  3. Cancer including breast and cervical
  4. Stroke
  5. Violence
  6. Mental health and suicide
  7. Substance abuse

The foundation of the new SHE project is the understanding of trauma, both present and historical, and its effects on women’s and girls’ health. Sisterhood Agenda’s supportive, informed sisterhood network can help reduce the incidence of these negative outcomes and promote healthy behavior. Sisterhood Agenda will announce its new initiative during National Women’s Health Week May 11-17, 2014. We look forward to this new project and the many people that it will benefit from it!

Nov 14, 2013

Resources for Health

Hike in VI National Park
Hike in VI National Park

It is no secret that Black females are disproportionately represented among those who are affected by obesity/overweight.  SHE: Sisters Healthy & Empowered now has a new resource with the publication of the new book, Black Girls Guide:  How to Lose Weight Fast & Forever, published this month.

Annually, Sisterhood Agenda celebrates National Women’s Health Week in Cruz Bay, St. John.  However, this year, the Office on Women’s Health is no longer funding these activities.  Since Sisterhood Agenda has implemented SHE for the past three years, we plan to continue with private funding, even if we have to scale down our activities.

One of our local activities in St. John is hiking, which takes advantage of over 40 beautiful hiking trails maintained by the Virgin Islands National Park.  With SHE:  Sisters Healthy & Empowered and its holistic approach to well-being, we continue to provide resources and valuable services to prevent negative health outcomes that plague too many women and girls.

NEW BOOK:  How to Lose Weight Fast & Forever
NEW BOOK: How to Lose Weight Fast & Forever
Nov 13, 2013

Finding a Space of Our Own

The Sisterhood Mentoring Program in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands has moved from place-to-place after its location at the Youth Center public facility has been closed due to painting and other work within the center.   We had meetings outside in the park, at the church, and at a local deli.  Because the completion date of the renovations is unknown and was anticipated to be sooner, we are searching for a new program home. 

Of course, Sisterhood Agenda plans to build its Global Empowerment Academy space—the girls are excited and can’t wait for this vision to become a reality!  This Sisterhood Mentoring Program is just one group included in Sisterhood Agenda’s Global Educational Empowerment Project.  Other global girls are being served locally through Sisterhood Agenda Global Partners.  The Global Empowerment Academy will ultimately connect global girls through resource-sharing, action, and technology.

In the meantime, the group had three meetings and a pizza party in Cruz Bay.  We plan to add more girls to the program in the new year with a fresh start.  We also hope that this fresh start includes a new space and funding for field trips.  The girls in the program are understandably anxious to do more trips that remove them from the small island of St. John.  Even going to the island of St. Thomas nearby via a 20-minute ferry or barge ride will give them opportunities to engage in more structured recreation and self-development activities for youth. 

Sisterhood Agenda is starting its important work with all youth-serving agencies in St. John by leading development and program coordination with the St. John Youth Coalition.  Sisterhood Agenda’s annual Sisterhood/Brotherhood New Year’s Eve Youth Extravaganza is also scheduled for December 31, 2013 in Franklin Powell Park.  Some of the girls in the program will be traveling off-island at this time, but we have a nice group of volunteers. We also have local residents in St. John interested in supporting Sisterhood Agenda in new pregnancy prevention efforts.  The future is great and we are blessed!

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