Global Educational Empowerment for 100,000 Girls

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
May 6, 2014

The SEA is Coming!

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.

Feb 11, 2014

SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy is the Key

This month, Sisterhood Agenda will launch the availability of new handouts and teacher resources on its website, 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.

Oct 2, 2013

New Sisterhood Global Empowerment Eco-Building

Sisterhood Global Empowerment Building:  Design
Sisterhood Global Empowerment Building: Design

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. 

Herb & Vegetable Garden
Herb & Vegetable Garden

Jul 2, 2013

Uplifting At Least 29 Girls Per Global Partner in Each Country!

Fire & Lioness
Fire & Lioness

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:

  • High Cube Shipping Containers $5,000
  • Materials:  plumbing, electrical, walls, doors, windows, wood, galvanized steel  $12,000
  • Foundation/Flooring $5,000
  • Labor $15,750
  • Solar panels, Skylights, Water Heater, Water Tank $12,000
  • Painting $5,000
  • Kitchen $2,250
  • Driveway/Walkway/Parking:  sand and gravel $2,000
  • Landscaping/Gardens $2,000

TOTAL $61,000

Volunteers are needed and welcome!

Shadiya & Diane
Shadiya & Diane

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Project Leader

Angela D. Coleman

St. John, Virgin Islands

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