Global Educational Empowerment for 100,000 Girls

by Sisterhood Agenda, Inc.

Sisterhood Agenda's global empowerment activities will be implemented at the SEA:  Sisterhood Empowerment Academy.  We are currently building this unique eco-friendly space.  Online activities will also be shared via the SEA.

With our contractor and team members all together and ready to begin, Sisterhood Agenda is in construction mode as we began Phase II of our Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA) building. Marking our expansion plan in orange spray paint-again!

We are so excited as we ordered some of our building materials and gathered reused items from other local building projects and brought them to our property to start the tasks at hand. Thank you to Dave Carlson from Dave Carlson Construction for donating windows and doors from one of his renovation projects!

Phase II includes the following steps:

First:  the foundation, including concrete footings, pillars, hurricane brackets, and plywood flooring.

Second:  the walls, patio doors, and windows.

Third:  the roof, including hurricane brackets, rooftop deck, and covered porch areas.

After Phase II, we will begin the interior process to construct the following:  kitchen, bathrooms, storage.  This is Phase III, our final construction phase, before beginning the exterior hardscaping and landscaping. 

Not only are we moving forward with the construction of the green building... Sisterhood Agenda is also excited about making progress on newly planned initiatives for the SEA, training for SEA staff, and the new SEA website, coming soon!

We are thrilled to be a part of such a wonderful project that unites a wonderful team of individuals who may have never met or worked together.  Men, women and girls of all ethnicities and backgrounds are coming together for the SEA.

Sisterhood Agenda’s Global Girls Education Project continues with more global partners added weekly. Our most recent partners are providing much-needed empowerment services to girls in eastern and southern Africa. There is a large interest in mentoring services in the U.S.  Exciting news:  Sisterhood Agenda is in the process of expanding its social media in a new campaign to engage girls in mentoring, positive media, and holistic health during their journey toward womanhood.

We will announce our new and expanded social media initiatives duing the summer 2015.  In addition to using social media, Sisterhood Agenda will increase resource-sharing with over 3,500 of its global partners by using program curricula, training, presentations, and workshops to reach social service providers and girls directly.  Sisterhood Agenda representatives are willing and able to travel to reach girls and those who work with them.

Online training is another option, which is more affordable for most Sisterhood Agenda global partners.  When Sisterhood Agenda’s Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA) headquarters is completed, training webinars and livestream events will resume and is just another strategy of resource-sharing to reach more global girls and make greater impacts.

We are so excited about our new Sisterhood Empowerment Academy! This is the base for the Global Educational Empowerment project which is serving 100,000 through our 3,500 global partners.

We have enlisted the support of a brand strategist and outreach strategist to target girls within our global sisterhood network with clear, consistent messages about health, healing, critical thinking, and life skills within a sisterhood mentoring framework. 

To raise funds for project materials that are distributed to each participant (books, youth incentives, journals), we developed a sponsorship program where we accept program, special event, digital, and SEA sponsors in amounts varying from $500 to $30,000.

Sisterhood Agenda is the only agency of its kind focusing on the social, cultural, and economic needs of women and girls of African descent on an international scale.  Everyone can put Sisterhood on the Agenda!

Thank you for your continued support.

Some of the project
Some of the project's community partners

Sisterhood Agenda is excited to move its partnerships with Reel Sisters based in New York and the International Black Women's Film Festival based in California to the next level by bringing films to the Positive Media project component of the Global Educational Empowerment for 100,000 Project.  By doing so, Sisterhood Agenda is expanding the reach of these organization beyond New York and California, to places in-between and interationally to Sisterhood Agenda's 3,500 global partners.

An important aspect of the Global Edcational Empowerment Project is Positive Media, seeing females of African descent in realistic, diverse cinematic representations.  In addition to films that are part of the these two film festivals, Sisterhood Agenda has been acquiring other media that will be accessible via lifestream (Internet) sharing. 

Another key aspect of the Global Educational Empowement for 100,000 project is sisterhood mentoring.  Sisterhood Agenda continues to mentor its group of girls in St. John and will offer them, along with other youth in the community, paid positions to train and assist with youth leadership development efforts on the island.

The Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA) is also a key component of the project strategy.  By having an eco-friendly, female-centered, space with a library and multi-media center, empowerment is a shared strategy with a physical, centralized space. Once the SEA is built (estimated date of completion February 2015), the livestreaming and global sharing will begin.

Sisterhood Agenda continues to publish its Black Girls Guide book series to empower girls.  It's latest guide, How to Be a Sister, has been the best-selling book of the series.

International Black Women
International Black Women's Film Festival Call
International Black Women
International Black Women's Film Festival
Reel Sisters, global partner
Reel Sisters, global partner
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

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Organization Information

Sisterhood Agenda, Inc.

Location: St. John, Virgin Islands - Virgin Islands
Project Leader:
Angela D. Coleman
St. John, Virgin Islands