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.
With your help, Sisterhood Agenda can make its goal of serving 100,000 girls—with over 3,500 Sisterhood Agenda Global Partners in 34 countries, that’s only 29 girls per Global Partner in each country! By the end of the year, Sisterhood Agenda will make significant progress in establishing its physical Global Training Academy, a unique eco-building with local and global initiatives to uplift and empower women and girls with sisterhood, self-knowledge, self-development, and self-esteem.
Sisterhood Agenda is currently identifying resources for the Global Training Academy. The Academy will provide training sessions, workshops, conferences, educational materials, and positive peer support both in-person and online to its Global Partners.
Specifically, the following are being collected to serve woman and girls globally through the Global Educational Empowerment for 100,000 Girls:
Volunteers are needed and welcome!
Sisterhood Agenda Global Training Academy
There are no women centers or female-centered facilities in St. John. As a groundbreaking first, Sisterhood Agenda will create a geographically and technologically centralized academy to continue its mission to uplift and aid in the self-development of women and girls.
Specifically, in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Sisterhood Agenda will set up its Sisterhood Agenda Global Training Academy. With a media center utilizing the latest technology, girls from around the globe can connect with each other, even in disparate geographic areas. Sisterhood Agenda Global Partners (over 3,500 in 34 countries) can also utilize the Global Training Academy to access free or low-cost online services such as websites, videos, video conferencing, social media, webinars, meetings, training sessions, and conferences.
Sisterhood Agenda also plans to have overnight accommodations for special guests, volunteers, and interns from abroad. The Sisterhood Agenda Global Training Academy will be a holistic hub from which both locally-based and global projects will be administered. Working with larger and smaller groups of girls simultaneously, Sisterhood Agenda should reach a minimum of 100,000 girls through its Global Empowerment Training Program.
Sisterhood Agenda continues to act as a much-needed resource and source of support for its 3,000-plus global partners around the world. We are excited about utlilzation of new and conventional media, plus the introduction of a new literary project, Black Girls Guide.
Black Girls Guide will launch January 2013 as a small pocket guide with purpose, precisely the type of resourcethat our girls need to navigate their way through life.
As Sisterhood Agenda gathers more resources, we disseminate them digitally to our global partners. In addition, Sisterhood Agenda continues its local programming (Sisterhood Mentoring and Girl Band) in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Sisterhood Agenda will host the New Year's Eve Youth Extravaganza on December 31, 2012, a unique danceparty to open the new year in a safe and fun way while also registering youth for programs in 2013.
In the last fiscal quarter, Sisterhood Agenda added 15 new Global Partners, including the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.
As Sisterhood Agenda’s Global Empowerment Project progresses, Sisterhood Agenda increased its focus on positive, alternative media that inspires and enlightens girls. More information about this exciting media initiative coming soon!
Sisterhood Agenda produced the public service announcement, We Are Beautiful, and posted it to YouTube channel and Facebook page.
Sisterhood Agenda continues to distribute A Journey Toward Womanhood Curriculum Guides and Student Manuals for educators and participants for sisterhood mentoring programs such as Sisterhood Agenda’s program for girls in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Sisterhood Agenda uses its blog at www.sisterhoodagenda.com to post dynamic content to further the goals of the Global Educational Empowerment project. Future posts include Global Partner activities, teacher resources and educational content from the curriculum, student manual, and Sisterhood Agenda Magazine.
Sisterhood Agenda will also travel to more Global Partner sites and programs to promote the project and its objectives, while also recruiting new participants.
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