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

The Girls Will Be Drug-Free! They Are Not Alone

Sisterhood Agenda founding President Angela D. Coleman initiated the formation of the St. John Youth Coalition and the coalition had their first meeting on January 16, 2014. Angela facilitates coalition efforts by bringing valuable coalition training and skills to the island of St. John. She recently attended the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America leadership institute in Washington, DC and met with Virgin Islands Congresswoman Donna M. Christensen to communicate the importance of Sisterhood Agenda’s work with youth in St. John. Angela brought the training and educational materials back to the sisters in the sisterhood mentoring program and to the youth coalition members to enhance collective efforts.

Sisterhood Agenda is currently conducting an island-wide needs assessment to determine what types of prevention efforts will be most useful and effective for children on the island of St. John, including girls in the sisterhood mentoring program. This assessment includes formation of an assessment committee, analysis of existing data, focus groups, surveys/questionnaires, and development of a strategic plan for Sisterhood Agenda and other St. John Youth Coalition members.

After completing and reviewing many aspects of the assessment process, Sisterhood Agenda will begin its pilot-test implementation of a new evidence-based, culturally relevant and gender-specific sisterhood mentoring program that has a focus on health, including substance abuse prevention, plus career development and workforce skills.   The program will also have a male component for young males under Sisterhood Agenda’s Brotherhood Agenda division. Implementation of the new program will take place at outreach locations in St. John and in St. Thomas beginning in March 2014.

Sisterhood Agenda would like to thank everyone who has supported its efforts including Partnerships for Hope, the Virgin Islands Department of Health, the Virgin Islands Department of Labor, and individuals donors like you. Stay tuned for details!

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

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