SHE: Sisters Healthy & Empowered

by Sisterhood Agenda, Inc.
SHE in St. John
SHE in St. John

Recruitment for Sisterhood Agenda's SHE:  Sisters Healthy & Empowered program has begun and only a few spots remain!  The SHE program is slated to begin March 26, 2016.

The teen girls program is a trauma-informed (TI) activity for girls ages 14-16.  SHE demonstrates a shift toward a holistic and integrated systematic approach to youth development, mental health, and wellness.

Sisterhood Agenda promotes sisterhood among girls by supporting them in making healthy choices. SHE project staff implements evidence-based mentoring, self-development, fitness and life skills activities for 50 girls ages 12-17.

SHE activities include yoga, water sports, Sister Circles, mental health awareness, field trips and group fun. Program activities take place at the SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy and at various beach locations throughout St. John, US. Virgin Islands.

The more we raise, the more girls we can serve.  Sisterhood Agenda would also like to offer SHE program activities to girls who do not live on the island of St. John.

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Sisterhood Agenda has identifed ten girls for SHE:  Sisters Healthy & Empowered program services.  They are residents of St. John between the ages of fifteen and sixteen.

We have also identified local resources for all of the SHE activities, including facilitators, yoga instructors, and water sports instructors.

Once Sisterhood Agenda's Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA) eco-building is completed (next month), Sisterhood Agenda will schedule the SHE retreat.  We anticipate a retreat in December 2015 before local holidays and another SHE retreat in the next calendar year, 2016. 

We are anxious and excited to get started.  The girls are sure to have a great experience complete with sisterhood, support, empowerment, health and healing!

Sisterhood Agenda is gearing up for its SHE: Sisters, Healthy & Empowered retreat to serve girls in the St. Thomas-St. John school district in the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the first program of its kind in the Virgin Islands.

The SHE retreat will be held in October (date to be determined) after recruitment at Ivanna Eudora Kean High School when school resumes in September. Right now, Sisterhood Agenda has funding from the Rotary of St. John and the Women’s Sports Foundation for SHE activities, along with generous donors like YOU. Thank you for your support!

Our program capacity is to serve ten girls ages 13-17 throughout the rest of the year. If more than ten girls register for the SHE program, Sisterhood Agenda can: 1) raise more funds to accommodate a second session with different girls or 2) hold a lottery to determine which girls can attend.

All watersports activities will be held on St. John in the following locations: Cinnamon Bay, Hurricane Hole, Maho Bay, and the Frank Bay Beach. Sisterhood Agenda is partnering with local watersport agencies to do the following sessions:

  1. Swimming
  2. Stand-up paddle boarding
  3. Kayak races

Sisterhood Agenda will implement the following sessions at its Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA):

  1. Trauma-responsive Sister Circle
  2. SHE: Sisters, Healthy & Empowered activities from the Activity Guide publication
  3. Go, Girl, Go! Activities from the Women’s Sports Foundation curriculum
  4. Yoga on the beach
  5. Mindful meditation and affirmations

It’s great to be a SHE: Sister, Healthy & Empowered!

SHE: Sisters, Healthy & Empowered is off to a great start! While the program’s official start date is not until July 2015, Sisterhood Agenda has begun identifying program participants and volunteers.

While the SHE program has been actively implemented in the United States, this year will be the first time this popular program has been offered to girls on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The SHE initiative in St. John was made possible by donors like you, the Rotary Club of St. John, and the Women’s Sports Foundation.

Toward the goal of increasing awareness, Sisterhood Agenda participated in the St. John Summer Fair on May 5, 2015. Representatives talked about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and how Sisterhood Agenda’s newly expanded SHE program includes trauma informed services, as well as water sports and fitness, plus sisterhood circles.

We are excited about future SHE program sessions for girls and many women expressed interest in SHE services for adult women.

Our SHE:  Sisters Healthy & Empowered project was not selected for federal funding, but our spirits are not deterred!

Sisterhood Agenda has been addressing the health, cultural and social issues of women and girls of African descent for twenty years. Through our work, we have discovered how trauma, both present and historical, can have disturbing effects on the health, self-sufficiency, and welfare of woman and girls. We are committed to helping women and girls heal for positive physical and emotional health and well-being.

The most vulnerable age group is 15-18 years old where the impact of traumatic violence expresses itself in unwanted pregnancies, reproductive health complications, and sexually transmitted infections. This is also the time in life when young women’s hopes and aspirations for the future are often derailed and life-changing economic decisions are made.

Our goal is to create a female empowerment model where causes and effects of trauma are understood, thereby increasing awareness and support and allowing the healing process of mind and body to establish a strong foundation of empowerment and resilience. 

Sisterhood Agenda recently received local support from the Rotary of St. John for its SHE:  Sisters Healthy & Empowerred program-we are grateful for this support!  Our plan is to leverage these funds to generate interest and raise additional dollars to help our sisters in need, particularly our girls.

Last year, Sisterhood Agenda submitted two proposals to private foundations-we did not receive one of them and we are still waiting to hear back from the other. Your support is making a difference! Specifically, we are raising funds to hire a part-time program coordinator, purchase fitness supplies for water sports, and for project staff to attend trauma training at The Trauma Resolution Center in Miami, Florida.

Sisterhood Agenda will also hold retreats at the new Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA) for adult women, all in the spirit of sisterhood.  These retreats are in high demand and we look forward to offering this unique service.

There is more to come and we look forward to having a very productive year with SHE!

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Organization Information

Sisterhood Agenda, Inc.

Location: St. John, Virgin Islands - Virgin Islands
Website: http:/​/​www.sisterhoodagenda.com
Project Leader:
Angela D. Coleman
President
St. John, Virgin Islands