Dear Friend,Ayana and other girls in St. John need your help.
Last year, Sisterhood Agenda registered Ayana and her friends for womanhood training at the New Year’s Eve Youth Extravaganza in Cruz Bay, St. John. Thanks to your help, she also attended the first Female Empowerment Conference for Girls in the Virgin Islands and received educational materials for the year. As a participant of A Journey Toward Womanhood, Positive Media, and Girl Band, Ayana is learning how to create her own future and be a poised, confident leader. Your contribution helped Ayana get access to a lifetime of learning about supporting and loving herself, developing healthy habits, and being successful. Thank you!
However, there are other girls who urgently need this type of support. On the small island of St. John, there is no public high school, women’s center, YWCA or Girl Scout chapter. Many girls, unable to see other alternatives, become pregnant at an early age, drop out of school, and rely on government support to feed themselves and their new families. Some girls need one-on-one mentoring and ways to express themselves positively.
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Please donate to our project and support the girls waiting to be successful! Your help is urgently needed and much appreciated!
In the Spirit of Sisterhood,Angela D. ColemanPresident
NEW OFFICE LOCATION Sisterhood Agenda recently relocated its administrative office on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Now, the offices are much closer to town with easier access to services and St. Thomas.
SISTERHOOD GLOBAL CONFERENCESisterhood Agenda’s inaugural global sisterhood conference is scheduled for November 2012 in St. Thomas. Monthly planning committee meetings are taking place via webinar to ensure representation and inclusion for a successful event. Currently, committee members can participate via telephone and/or using computers. Geographic representation for planning committee meetings included participants from the U.S., Uganda, Senegal, and India.
Sisterhood Agenda is hopeful about using technology for all of its global constituents to access both planning meetings and the annual conference event via videoconference.
The inaugural global sisterhood conference event is sure to be an exciting one with multi-general, global participation and local support.
SISTERHOOD PROGRAMSSisterhood Agenda held a Sisterhood/Brotherhood Career & Life Skills Training Summer Program in St. Thomas this past summer. The 4-week program, sponsored by the VI Department of Labor, engaged 13 youth who successfully completed the program. Activities included mentoring, debate, job fair participation, completing employment applications, interview skills, field trips, and guest speakers. Due to its success, Sisterhood Agenda plans to implement the program throughout the school year in local VI schools, collaborating with local nonprofits.
Sisterhood Agenda’s Sisterhood Empowerment Project includes A Journey Toward Womanhood and the Positive Media project.
A Journey Toward WomanhoodSisterhood Agenda is coordinating local A Journey Toward Womanhood
Programming with support from the VI Department of Human Services. In addition, Sisterhood Agenda’s A Journey Toward Womanhood program was recommended for funding for implementation in the Virgin Islands starting 2012. Sisterhood Agenda continues to share its curriculum information with agencies around the globe for international program replication with local adaptation.
Positive MediaThere are exciting developments with the creation of positive, new, alternative media that uplifts women and girls of African descent. Sisterhood Agenda is coordinating its Positive Media project with the organization’s webmaster, universities, nonprofit agencies of interest, and a media Global Partner located in the Washington, DC area, See Your Worth Productions. A completely new website is currently being constructed with an emphasis on Positive Media. Sisterhood Agenda is filming public service announcements, coordinating the Sisterhood Agenda Show, and creating other new media content. While the new website is completed, Sisterhood Agenda updates its YouTube site with new Positive Media content: www.youtube.com/sisterhoodagenda.
Greetings! Please find updated information about Sisterhood Agenda's Sisterhood Empowerment Project, and Sisterhood Agenda’s Global Training Academy in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
PROJECT SUMMARY: PLEASE BECOME A FUNDER!Sisterhood Agenda’s Sisterhood Empowerment Project is the only project of its kind: it is a large-scale, holistic, female-centered approach to empowering girls, young women, parents, and educators using proven programmatic strategies combined with cultural relevance and positive, alternative media, all implemented at the grassroots, community level. There are over 3,000 partner agencies that Sisterhood Agenda works with and the girls need our assistance.
NEW ACTIVITIESThe Sisterhood Agenda Global Training Academy held the following webinars: 1) Sisters: Healthy & Empowered, 2) Black is Beautiful, and 3) Modern Goddess.
Sponsored by the VI Department of Human Services, Sisterhood Agenda plans to train 10 Virgin Island-based nonprofits for A Journey Toward Womanhood implementation in May 2011. Sisterhood Agenda celebrated National Women’s Health Week May 9-May 13, 2011 with Sisters: Healthy & Empowered (SHE) in St. John.
Other Sisterhood Agenda accomplishments include:
¬ Sisterhood Community Meetings
¬ Global Training Academy launched
¬ First Annual Female Empowerment Conference for Girls (Department of Education)
¬ First Annual New Year’s Eve Youth Extravaganza
¬ A Journey Toward Womanhood implementation
¬ DVSAC Conference for Women & Girls: opening ceremony and workshop
¬ YWCA Yellow Elder Celebrating Women & Girls
¬ A Journey Toward Womanhood Training (Department of Human Services)
¬ Sisters: Healthy & Empowered (SHE) Weight Control, Health & Wellness
¬ Proposal for VI Schools (DOE), CDBG application
¬ Features: TV2, Graffiti Street WTJX, VI Daily News, St. John Source, St. John Tradewinds
¬ Global Sisterhood Conference-date TBA
Sisterhood Agenda is recruiting members for its Global Sisterhood Conference Planning Committee. Regular webinar meetings are held for this committee. Sisterhood Agenda is also recruiting volunteers to work with its Global Partners in the Virgin Islands.
Sisterhood Agenda served more girls in 2010 than at any other time in the organization’s 17-year history! Propelled by the launch of Sisterhood Agenda’s Global Training Academy, Sisterhood Agenda added 20 new Global Partners including several in the U.S. Virgin Islands where the Global Training Academy is located. Sisterhood Agenda also provided technical assistance and support services for over 1,200 girls, parents, and social service providers. Global Training activities for the last part of 2010 included:
September 29, 2010 Sisterhood Agenda Community Meeting in St. John
October 5, 2010 Free Webinar: Raising Healthy Black Girls
Hosted by www.sisterhoodagenda.com
October 21, 2010 Free Webinar: Sisters: Healthy & Empowered
Hosted at www.sisterhoodagenda.com
October 21, 2010 Take Back the Night in St. John
Franklin Park, Cruz Bay
November 9, 2010 Sisters In Business Empowerment Series I
November 10, 2010 Sisters In Business Empowerment Series II
November 18, 2010 VI Department of Education Conference for Girls in St. Thomas
Marriott Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Beach Resort
December 31, 2010 Sisterhood/Brotherhood Agenda New Year’s Eve Youth Extravaganza in St. John
Cruz Bay, VI Housing Parks & Recreation Building
Sisterhood Agenda will hold its first accelerated A Journey Toward Womanhood program for girls during its Global Training Academy Summer Series July 2011. Teachers, mentors, and administrators can receive A Journey Toward Womanhood certification during Sisterhood Agenda’s first global sisterhood conference in November 2011.
In addition, Sisterhood Agenda is seeking funding for its innovative Positive Media campaign to teach girls how to use technology and media to create sustainable positive social change. Offering eBooks, creating a new website, opening a production studio in the U.S. Virgin Islands to produce new content, and revamping Sisterhood Agenda Magazine are some of the components of Positive Media.
Putting Sisterhood On the Agenda
St John, VI—While Sisterhood Agenda’s Global Training Academy is new in the Virgin Islands, Sisterhood Agenda is an award-winning global nonprofit organization that was founded almost twenty years ago by Princeton graduate and Ashoka Fellow Angela D. Coleman, a resident of St. John. Serving over 5 million constituents each year with over 3,000 Global Partner agencies in 32 countries, Sisterhood Agenda’s new Global Training Academy in the U.S. Virgin Islands includes youth activities, programs, training sessions, workshops, and retreats, plus an expansion of its innovative online media and educational system.
“Sisterhood Agenda is here to empower women and girls in the Virgin Islands and around the world. Women, girls and service providers will come here for youth programs, training, workshops, retreats, and other educational activities that uplift and aid in the self-development of women and girls,” states Coleman, President. The agency creates and implements activities for women and girls with special emphasis on females of African descent who are historically at risk, traditionally underserved and marginalized. Sisterhood Agenda’s four empowerment principles are: sisterhood, self-knowledge, self-development, and self-esteem.
Many believe that this type of youth development is critical: “We have to pay attention because they are our next generation of leaders, teachers, and entrepreneurs. They need our guidance, protection, love and support so that they make good decisions for themselves and their communities. This is truly a community effort where everyone is invited to participate.”
Coleman’s vision is to establish the Academy as a boarding school for girls, but also as a training ground for parents, service providers and others interested in uplifting and supporting women and girls in their development.
In addition to the Sisterhood Agenda Global Training Academy, Sisterhood Agenda projects include:
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