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.
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:
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!
A new facility equipped to handle Sisterhood Agenda’s digital mentoring needs is coming! The Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA) will invite a shared, multi-media experience. Housed under one roof (under the SEA), Sisterhood Agenda will focus its educational strategy on reading, writing, and holistic global health for optimal female empowerment.
A Sisterhood Agenda website makeover (now in progress) and social media revamp will accompany this enhanced experience. The new website will feature a new Global Sisterhood Directory that identifies the physical location and website for each Sisterhood Agenda Global Partner, as well as the Sisterhood Agenda programs and strategies that they are using in their local communities.
Sisterhood Agenda plans to hire a Digital Director to assist the agency in its global resource development and sharing plan, particularly its recommended reading list: Best Books for Black Girls. Many of these empowerment resources will be available online, as well as in printed form. Whenever possible, Sisterhood Agenda ships books and educational materials to its Global Partners directly. Many educational materials will also be shared via webinar format with sister circles with discussions facilitated by a mentor to enhance the learning experience.
Global consciousness, health and well-being, education, self-sufficiency, leadership development… The future of global girls is exciting! Thank you for being such an important part of this journey.
This month, Sisterhood Agenda will launch the availability of new handouts and teacher resources on its website, www.sisterhoodagenda.com. These are engaging program materials include curriculum exercises, student manual pages, and girl’s empowerment presentation materials that have been shown to be effective with girls and those who mentor them.
Sisterhood Agenda focuses on expansion with its new facility, the Sisterhood Agenda Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA) by the sea. Sisterhood Agenda is looking for land. Once land is identified and secured, Sisterhood Agenda will fundraise for the facility as the headquarters of its local and global initiatives including Global Eductional Empowerment for 100,000 Girls, Sisterhood Mentoring Program, and SHE Sisters Healthy & Empowered.
The Academy is a centralized local and international resource center connecting sisterhood activities, their leaders and constituents.
In St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, there are no: Girls Scouts, YWCA/YMCA’s, domestic violence shelters, women centers, or female-centered facilities. As a groundbreaking first, Sisterhood Agenda will create an eco-friendly, geographically and technologically centralized female empowerment academy (green building) to uplift and aid in the self-development of women and girls through its unique local and global resource-sharing initiatives.
The Sisterhood Global Empowerment Academy utilizes a multi-media technology center, connecting girls from around the globe with each other. Local Sisterhood Agenda partners (over 40) and global Sisterhood Agenda partners (over 3,500 in 34 countries) can access free and low-cost online technology using mobile phones, computers, websites, videos, video conferencing, social media, webinars, meetings, Empowerment sessions, and conferences. The space is also available for community meetings.
Sisterhood Agenda’s Global Empowerment Academy includes: a media center, lounge area, kitchen area, built-in seating, two full bathrooms, and an outdoor seating/entertainment area. The Sisterhood Agenda Global Empowerment Academy will be a holistic hub from which both locally-based and global projects will be administered.
With this space, Sisterhood Agenda wants to encourage community gardening, fruit trees, vegetables, herbs, and particular animals while discouraging energy drain, waste, and certain types of wildlife Sisterhood Agenda recycles free or inexpensive materials that others typically discard such as shipping containers to create the building and furniture donations, resulting in a uniquely attractive and uplifting space. Sisterhood Agenda’s system takes advantage of the seasonal changes in the VI, particularly pertaining to rainfall and hurricanes. The structure keeps the interior cool in terms of temperature, is fire-resistant, hurricane- proof, and offers protection against the elements. The inside and outside includes liberal use of natural mosquito-repellent materials and the water treatment system should create drinkable water from the kitchen faucet.
St. John regularly receives sand dust from the Sahara Desert and this fact is taken into account with design. With its small footprint, the building is not obviously seen from the street and blends well into its surroundings while still being secure. Local, natural elements and building materials are used. The movement of the ocean is taken into account with design and maintenance issues being in a tropical environment (insects, salt water, air). Sisterhood Agenda will take advantage of ocean-view vistas and trade winds to retain an open feeling inside.
Natural and/or inexpensive materials will be used for the building such as: local mahogany, bamboo, marble, native stone materials and design. The design is clean and streamlined, but vibrant with the infusion of colorful, cultural patterns and textures, inspired by African and Indian textiles. A pitched roof creates a high, vaulted interior ceiling with beams and directs water to its conservation containers. Large windows with hurricane-proof shutters let in lots of natural light while showcasing the ocean and town views.
The community garden is an organic, low-maintenance open space incorporated in the building with a curved design. A natural irrigation system capturing, storing, and utilizing rainfall is designed for the building and the gardens.
The interior furnishings also reflect the environment; they are scaled to fit the smaller dimensions of the interior, multi-functional, and are comprised of salvaged and reclaimed items and natural materials, whenever possible. Interior built-in bookshelves, along with regular seating, built-in seating, and poufs provide library seating areas to read Sisterhood Agenda’s extensive resource materials throughout the academy space.
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