The Sisterhood Mentoring Program in St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands has moved from place-to-place after its location at the Youth Center public facility has been closed due to painting and other work within the center. We had meetings outside in the park, at the church, and at a local deli. Because the completion date of the renovations is unknown and was anticipated to be sooner, we are searching for a new program home.
Of course, Sisterhood Agenda plans to build its Global Empowerment Academy space—the girls are excited and can’t wait for this vision to become a reality! This Sisterhood Mentoring Program is just one group included in Sisterhood Agenda’s Global Educational Empowerment Project. Other global girls are being served locally through Sisterhood Agenda Global Partners. The Global Empowerment Academy will ultimately connect global girls through resource-sharing, action, and technology.
In the meantime, the group had three meetings and a pizza party in Cruz Bay. We plan to add more girls to the program in the new year with a fresh start. We also hope that this fresh start includes a new space and funding for field trips. The girls in the program are understandably anxious to do more trips that remove them from the small island of St. John. Even going to the island of St. Thomas nearby via a 20-minute ferry or barge ride will give them opportunities to engage in more structured recreation and self-development activities for youth.
Sisterhood Agenda is starting its important work with all youth-serving agencies in St. John by leading development and program coordination with the St. John Youth Coalition. Sisterhood Agenda’s annual Sisterhood/Brotherhood New Year’s Eve Youth Extravaganza is also scheduled for December 31, 2013 in Franklin Powell Park. Some of the girls in the program will be traveling off-island at this time, but we have a nice group of volunteers. We also have local residents in St. John interested in supporting Sisterhood Agenda in new pregnancy prevention efforts. The future is great and we are blessed!
Sisterhood Agenda’s Sisterhood Mentoring Program is still going strong, but on summer hiatus due to the traveling plans of many of the participants. However, contact has been maintained with all of the participants and a beach trip was well attended on August 3, 2013.
Some of the girls in the program are entering high school. St. John has no public high school on the island, so high schoolers commute to high school via ferry to St. Thomas. Some of the girls expressed concerns about still being able to be in the group. They were assured that they can participate as long as they want to. The activities of the group will be largely decided by what they want to do, along with the needs assessed by the group coordinator. The group will retain a dynamic and fluid process of adapting to the needs of its participants. Participants bonded with one of the adult volunteers who also completed career development and life skills activities for Sisterhood Agenda. We hope that she will come back to assume a more active role in coordinating activities for the Sisterhood Mentoring Program. Due to request, Sisterhood Agenda is considering one of the local high schools in St. Thomas an outreach site for expanded Sisterhood Mentoring activities.
When school begins after the Labor Day holiday, the group will resume regular meetings on Fridays at the Youth Center in Cruz Bay, St. John.
Earlier this summer, Sisterhood Agenda organized the St. John Youth Coalition, which included Sisterhood Agenda and its Brotherhood Agenda division, plus 9 other youth organizations serving young people in St. John. The first initiative of the St. John Youth Coalition will be discussed during community meetings this fall.
The girls in the Sisterhood Mentoring Program will make important contributions to the future activities of the St. John Youth Coalition.
The Sisterhood Agenda Sisterhood Mentoring Program meets every Friday at the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Sports, Parks, and Recreation. Activities to date include:
The Sisterhood Mentoring group welcomed a new adult volunteer and chaperone. Upcoming activities include study groups, car wash fundraiser, field trips, and summer recess.
There is no Girl Scouts, women’s center or female-centered facility in St. John. However, there is Sisterhood Agenda to fill the gap and help girls be successful. The group consistently comments on the need for Sisterhood Agenda to have its own safe and uplifting space for weekly meetings (sessions). Sisterhood Agenda will begin a capital campaign this summer to build its Global Training Academy in Cruz Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands.
The girls participating in Sisterhood Agenda's Sisterhood Mentoring Program are no longer locally funded. However, they continue to meet with Sisterhood Agenda President, Angela D. Coleman, who is developing leadership within the group to help them become more self-sufficient and self-governing. The group meets at the Youth Center in Cruz Bay, St. John.
Some of the development includes life skills, responsibility, peer mentoring, and sisterhood. They are also learning how to raise funds by offering products and services to the public such as bake sales and car washes. Group members are also hopeful about doing cultural exchanges and visiting colleges in the United States.
Sisterhood Agenda programs in St. John went extremely well for 2012! In fact, the girls want more time to meet regularly and also want to participate in artistic expression activities.
St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands is a small island with approximately 5,000 residents. Because the Sisterhood Mentoring Program and Girl Band members are not large groups and Girl Band members also need sisterhood mentoring activities, Sisterhood Agenda plans to combine them to maximize effectiveness and interest.
Future program sessions will consist of 3-hour sessions; 1.5 hours of sisterhood mentoring, followed by 1.5 hours of performance training and practice. Currently, Sisterhood Agenda is in the process of securing meeting space and funds for books, planned activities and field trips.
Sisterhood Agenda will host the New Year's Eve Youth Extravaganza on December 31, 2012, a unique dance party to open the new year in a safe and fun way while also registering youth for programs in 2013.
Sisterhood Agenda would like to thanks its Corporate and Community Partners for making this event possible:
Corporate Partners: The Westin, Boyson Transportation, Scotiabank, Grande Bay, St. John Insurance Company, St. John Hardware, The Marketplace, Drift Away Spa, St. John Dental.
Community Partners: VI Police Department, VI National Park, VI Department of Sports, Parks & Recreation, and St. John Community Foundation.
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