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.
Sisterhood Agenda launched its Positive Media Project for Global Girls with its new website (www.sisterhoodagenda.com) and redesigned Youtube Channel (www.youtube.com/sisterhoodagenda).
Full of positive messages and information about new, independent, alternative media, the sites offer girls a new source of uplifting information that girls can view themselves and share with their friends both online andoffline.
The Positive Media video collection include anti-bullying messages, music videos, sister celebrations, beauty appreciation, dance, and positive media artists such as India.Arie and Sade.
Positive Media easily integrates with social networking sites to allow viewers to share via Facebook, Youtube, and Twitter.
Positive Media posts can be found here: http://sisterhoodagenda.wordpress.com/category/sisterhood-empowerment-projects/positive-media/.
Funding was secured to serve 100 girls with sisterhood mentoring services in 2012.Sisterhood Agenda is working with its Global Partners in California, Chicago, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Senegal, along with its other 3,000 Global Partners in 32 countries, to implement A Journey Toward Womanhood and other sisterhood mentoring programs for girls.
With local support and Global Giving donations, Sisterhood Agenda is recruiting for a sisterhood mentoring program serving 12 girls at Julius E. Sprauve School in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands starting February 2012.
The inaugural Global Sisterhood Conference is planned for November 2012 in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands with a large Global Girls focus. Sisterhood Agenda's Global Training Academy is based in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
In addition to individual presentations, workshops, and youth sessions, Sisterhood Agenda held the 2nd annual Sisterhood/Brotherhood New Year’s Eve Youth Extravaganza in Cruz Bay. Over 50 young boys and girls were pre-registered for youth programs in 2012.
Community Partners included: VI Police Department, VI National Park, VI Department of Sports, Parks & Recreation, St. John Community Foundation, and UMOJA.
Corporate Partners included: The Westin, Boyson Transportation, Love City Ferries, Grande Bay, St. John Insurance Company, St. John Hardware, The Marketplace, Drift Away Spa, St. John Dental, Senator Barshinger’s Office, Shani’s Beauty Salon, Love City Barber Shop, St. John Ice Company, and PostNet.
Sisterhood Agenda instituted the Girl Band program, a Positive Media project that is implemented and filmed locally in the U.S. Virgin Islands and available in online reality series-based segments in 2012; http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/girl-band.
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