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

Reaching 100,000 Girls with the SEA

View From the Land Parcel for the SEA
View From the Land Parcel for the SEA

Since our last report, members of the Sisterhood Agenda's team have made great progress in our goal of creating a beautiful, eco-friendly, centralized female resource center: a place of knowledge, support, self-determination, and healing. Sisterhood Agenda's Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA) is the headquarters for the Global Educational Empowerment project.  Its media center is key to reaching girls utilized the power of technology.

We have made great strides toward our goals. Specifically, the SEA team:

  1. Secured a 10,100 square-foot ocean view land parcel for the SEA. It is located on Morehead Point near Frank Bay Beach in Cruz Bay, St. John, neighboring an environmentally protected eco-system.
  2. Participated in a local green building workshop by Island Green Building Association for instruction and walking tours of local green buildings in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
  3. Has been working with St. John architect, William Willigerod.  Thank you, Bill!
  4. Solicited, received, and picked up 38 gallons of paint and other donations for the SEA totaling over $2,500. Thank you to The Paint Depot and PriceMart!
  5. Raised over $15,000 in cash to build the SEA—thank you donors, we could not do this without you!
  6. Launched the Operation Girl fundraising challenge to raise funds and awareness about our efforts with the SEA. In less than five days, we raised 11% of our $5,000 goal.  The Operation Girl challenge ends mid-August 2014.
  7. Gathered legal documents for our building permit.

In addition to our new SEA headquarters to increase our capacity to serve more girls, Sisterhood Agenda consistently adds new Global Partners working with girls, almost daily.  Currently, we have more than 3,500 Global Partner agencies to coordinate, collaborate and share resources with--that is an average of 29 girls per agency to reach our target goal of 100,000!

Sisterhood Agenda continues to publish educational materials, such as the new Black Girls Guide:  How to Be a Sister. These resources are well-received by our constituents and used by service providers and teachers in their classrooms.

With your contribution, you are working hand-in-hand with the consciousness stewards on our team.  We appreciate your generous gift, maybe more than you realize.  Let’s keep the momentum and positive energy flowing as we progress toward our goal!

How to Be a Sister
How to Be a Sister
Aug 6, 2014

SHE Healing Begins After Summer Break

SHE Sisters Healthy & Empowered
SHE Sisters Healthy & Empowered

According to the HRSA publication U.S. Teens in Our World: “Adolescence is characterized by rapid physical growth, significant physical and psychological changes, and changing dynamics in family and peer relationships. The large, rapid changes associated with adolescence may have major effects on the health of individuals and, conversely, variations in health may significantly affect the transitions of adolescence. Optimal health and well-being of adolescents in their daily lives is basic to their successful development into healthy adults.”

In July, Sisterhood Agenda hired a youth coordinator to implement its youth initatives and refine its public relations and advertising campaign to be more youth-centered. She will be trained for SHE: Sisters Healthy & Empowered program implementation in September for implementation at an outreach site (high school) in St. Thomas, part of the St. Thomas/St. John school district; there are no public high schools on the island of St. John and St. John students commute to high school.

Why is Sisterhood Agenda implementing SHE? The project focus is prevention and healing. 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.

Tourists come to the USVI to heal, but youth in the USVI often do not experience healing. SHE implementation will be more intense this year, with emphasis on a newly expanded African-centered, trauma-informed, and gender-responsive approach. The main objective of the newly expanded SHE initiative is to recognize, address, and diminish multiple major health disparities for Black females and promote healthy behavior. Its approach is holistic with mental, physical, and spiritual considerations.

Specifically, the SHE project will create and implement an effective public health prevention project that can be replicated in other communities to reduce disease by impacting: 1) obesity and overweight, 2) reproductive health: HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, teen pregnancy, 3) cancer, 4) diabetes, 5) mental health, 6) violence, and 7) substance abuse. These are the unfortunate health outcomes that disproportionately affect women and girls of African descent.

Sisterhood Agenda will use evidence-based activities for SHE implementation targeting girls ages 10-17 in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  In addition to program activities, Sisterhood Agenda will recruit an intern and young bloggers to promote holistic health messages and healing with a viral marketing campaign. With successful local implementation and evaluation, SHE can scale for implementation in other communities.

Yes, we can all be SHE:  Sisters Healthy & Empowered!


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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.

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