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Oct 15, 2018

New Girl Empowerment Activities Added

Sisterhood Agenda's global girls initiative is trauma-informed and focused on Sisterhood Agenda's four empowerment principles:  sisterhood, self-knowledge, self-development, and self-esteem.  In addition to youth activities from A Journey Toward Womanhood, SisterCamp, and Sister Circles, we are adding SHE:  Sisters, Healthy & Empowered holistic health activities to include:

1) Recognition of the importance of the program facility as a welcoming and safe space for girls

2) Performance and measurement of resilience through sisterhood support, and

3) The inclusion of the Sisterhood of Greatness Manifesto as a training and teaching tool

In the United States, “trauma-informed” approaches are revolutionizing health and human services. At Sisterhood Agenda, we believe that this approach can make a difference in empowering women and girls across the country, and ultimately in addressing gender inequality.

Sisterhood Agenda uses the emerging science of trauma and resilience to modify empowerment strategies that have already proven effective - programs that support individuals in determining their own priorities, have the flexibility to address changing goals over time, are delivered in valued settings, and reflect local circumstances.  Responses to trauma need to be thoughtful, standardized, and replicable. 

Our girls experience trauma at an alarming rate:  over 90% of women have experienced two or more adverse childhood experiences (ACES) by the time they are eighteen years old. Women are 50% more likely than men to have high adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The most common trauma for women is sexual assault or child sexual abuse:  one in three women will experience a sexual assault by the age of eighteen.  

There are many forms of trauma including historical trauma, social violence, childhood trauma, interpersonal violence, and institutional trauma.  However, trauma is not destiny. The differentiating factor that distinguishes those who move on to live healthy and successful lives after trauma from those who do not is resilience. 

Resilience refers to the capacity of individuals to maintain a relatively stable equilibrium and healthy levels of psychological and physical functioning after exposure to a potentially disruptive event.  Simply put, resilience is the ability to cope with challenging situations and bounce back from adversity. 

Fortunately, resilience can be fully developed and built up with intention. Preventive and health promotion activities within a supportive sisterhood environment can produce resilient individuals who are better able to accommodate and respond to trauma, stress, and anxiety.  

The Sisterhood of Greatness Manifesto training is a specific set of activities that help girls to analyze their interpersonal relationships, media influences, and goal-setting for success.

We look forward to engaging girls in several communities around the globe with our full range of comprehensive girl empowerment program activities.

In the Spirit of Sisterhood,
Angela D. Coleman, MBA, CNM
Founder & President

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Sep 26, 2018

New Girl Empowerment Activities Added

Sisterhood Agenda's global girls initiative is trauma-informed and focused on Sisterhood Agenda's four empowerment principles:  sisterhood, self-knowledge, self-development, and self-esteem.  In addition to youth activities from A Journey Toward Womanhood, SisterCamp, and Sister Circles, we are adding SHE:  Sisters, Healthy & Empowered holistic health activities to include:

1) Recognition of the importance of the program facility as a welcoming and safe space for girls

2) Performance and measurement of resilience through sisterhood support, and

3) The inclusion of the Sisterhood of Greatness Manifesto as a training and teaching tool

In the United States, “trauma-informed” approaches are revolutionizing health and human services. At Sisterhood Agenda, we believe that this approach can make a difference in empowering women and girls across the country, and ultimately in addressing gender inequality.

Sisterhood Agenda uses the emerging science of trauma and resilience to modify empowerment strategies that have already proven effective - programs that support individuals in determining their own priorities, have the flexibility to address changing goals over time, are delivered in valued settings, and reflect local circumstances.  Responses to trauma need to be thoughtful, standardized, and replicable. 

Our girls experience trauma at an alarming rate:  over 90% of women have experienced two or more adverse childhood experiences (ACES) by the time they are eighteen years old. Women are 50% more likely than men to have high adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The most common trauma for women is sexual assault or child sexual abuse:  one in three women will experience a sexual assault by the age of eighteen.  

There are many forms of trauma including historical trauma, social violence, childhood trauma, interpersonal violence, and institutional trauma.  However, trauma is not destiny. The differentiating factor that distinguishes those who move on to live healthy and successful lives after trauma from those who do not is resilience. 

Resilience refers to the capacity of individuals to maintain a relatively stable equilibrium and healthy levels of psychological and physical functioning after exposure to a potentially disruptive event.  Simply put, resilience is the ability to cope with challenging situations and bounce back from adversity. 

Fortunately, resilience can be fully developed and built up with intention. Preventive and health promotion activities within a supportive sisterhood environment can produce resilient individuals who are better able to accommodate and respond to trauma, stress, and anxiety.  

The Sisterhood of Greatness Manifesto training is a specific set of activities that help girls to analyze their interpersonal relationships, media influences, and goal-setting for success.

We look forward to engaging girls in several communities around the globe with our full range of comprehensive girl empowerment program activities.

In the Spirit of Sisterhood,
Angela D. Coleman, MBA, CNM
Founder & President

Links:

Sep 26, 2018

The Importance of Safe Spaces for Women & Girls

Sisterhood Agenda's SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy was badly damaged by Hurricane Irma last year.  We are still recovering, knowing that this facility fills an important void by creating a safe space for women and girls where few comparable spaces currently exist. The building is still very beautiful, surrounded by blue ocean waters.

For effective empowerment and resilience, access to necessary resources, including space to gather, is critical.  As a quality service provider, Sisterhood Agenda recognizes the importance of the physical environment in supporting empowerment activities for women and girls.  With the SEA, Sisterhood Agenda created an innovative physical environment to support training, programming, and holistic health goals.

Sisterhood Agenda has a track record of successfully creating “safe spaces” where the girls are free to be themselves and their voices are heard. Before building the SEA, Sisterhood Agenda built a learning center in Durham, North Carolina.  Sisterhood Agenda plans to build facilities in select regions in the U.S. 

Sisterhood Agenda buildings are eco-friendly, female-centered facilities that provided a community base of knowledge, support, self-determination, and healing.  Affirming and welcoming, Sisterhood Agenda facilities are safe, dedicated space for mentoring, tutoring, counseling, health service coordination, and other appropriate services.  

Connecting to nature can promote healing. Sustainable design and nature-inspired architecture are characteristics of Sisterhood Agenda facility spaces to maximize holistic health impacts for women and girls.  Sisterhood Agenda’s SEA:  Sisterhood Empowerment Academy facility in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands was awarded the National Energy Globe Award for sustainable building and design in 2017 before being damaged by the storms.

We look forward to continued success in our mission to educate, support, and empower women and girls around the globe, often in unique and unexpected ways.

In the Spirit of Sisterhood,
Angela D. Coleman, MBA, CNM 
Founder & President

 
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