Newsletters

January 2017

In this issue we highlight:

Bro/Sis Hosts Its Annual College & Career Fair
• In January, nearly 70 members attended Bro/Sis’ College Advisory Program (CAP) College & Career Fair. Informational packets on the college prep process and financial aid were given to participants as they were welcomed.

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October 2016

In this issue we highlight:

Bro/Sis
• What’s Happening at Bro/Sis. Programming began this month at Bro/Sis and our members are already busy engaging in a multitude of activities.
• Bro/Sis Spreading The Word. Doing The Work.In November, at their 2016 Annual Awards Luncheon in Chicago, the National Guild for Community Arts Education will present awards to two exemplary members in the field of education. One of them is our very own, Khary Lazarre-White, Bro/Sis’ Executive Director & Co-Founder, who will be awarded the National Guild Leadership Award. Associate Executive Director Cidra M. Sebastien was invited by Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to be a member of the Youth Workforce Task Force.
• Nicholas Peart Bro/Sis Alumni & Elementary After School Facilitator appeared on MSNBC’s NewsNation hosted by Tamron Hall.
• Yes Yes Books released Bro/Sis alumna and award winning poet, Elizabeth Acevedo’s book, “Beastgirl and Other Origin Myths” on October 15th.

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June 2016

In this issue we highlight:

Bro/Sis
Summer At Bro/Sis
• Bro/Sis Summer Day Camp
• Bro/Sis Summer Liberation Program
• Bro/Sis Women@Work
• Bro/Sis College Advisory Program – Transition Day, Bootcamp & Career Day
• Bro/Sis Environmental Program
• Bro/Sis B-Fit Program
• Bro/Sis Remix Media
• Bro/Sis International Study Program

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February 2016

In this issue we highlight:

Bro/Sis
• Bro/Sis Spreading the Word & Doing the Work – Bro/Sis alumnus and Environmental Program Coordinator Nando Rodriguez is the first GreenThumb urban gardener to be profiled in the GreenThumb Grows blog.
• “Bro/Sis Lead Organizer Julien Terrell was named “The 50 People You’ll Be Talking About in 2016,” by Grist 50.
• On Jan 31st, Bro/Sis’ Executive Director & Co-Founder Khary Lazarre-White served on the panel for Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer’s 2016 State of the Borough at The New School Tishman Auditorium.
• On January 26th, members of Bro/Sis’ After School Teen Enrichment Program and local youth attended our first Graffiti Night: Celebration of Hip Hop Art with guests, artist Slone of the Universal Zulu Nation and Bronx artist and youth worker Sharon De La Cruz a.k.a. Miss 163.
• Mark Your Calendars!!! – On The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) announces that we will host our annual VOICES benefit on May 12, 2016 at 6:30PM at Gotham Hall in NYC. We hope that your will join us as we celebrate Bro/Sis, our honorees, and the young people who inspire and empower our work.

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December 2015

In this issue we highlight:

Bro/Sis
• The Thrive Foundation for Youth Profiles Sister Sol – This article details our work with one group of young women, now 17, who have been “raised” by Bro/Sis, some since the age of 6.
• “We are Together” – Watch the newest video, “We are Together,” directed by Bro/Sis alumni and award-winning filmmaker Frank Lopez and produced by Bro/Sis. It tells the story of The Peace Poets, all alumni of our organization, young men who have used their artistry, their poetry and performance, as a tool to engage in healing and peace work around the world.

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November 2015

In this issue we highlight:

Bro/Sis
• Bro/Sis Associate Executive Director Cidra M. Sebastien was appointed to be the Education Co-Chair and Steering Committee Member of the New York City Council’s Young Women’s Initiative (YWI).
• In Chicago, Executive Director & Co-Founder Khary Lazarre-White was awarded the prestigious National Recreation Foundation’s 2015 Robert W. Crawford Prize.
• Bro/Sis has partnered with the Charles Hayden Foundation to provide professional development to educators of the Boston Coalition for Boys Young Man with a Plan Program.
• Pono means to be righteous; to be the best one can be; to be whole….We want our children to become whole.” – Executive Director & Co-Founder, Khary Lazarre-White.
In a new Huffington Post op-ed entitled “Pono-To Be Whole,” Khary writes about his experience in Oahu, Hawaii with The Pacific American Foundation, and The Native American Community Academy.

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October 2015

In this issue we highlight:

Bro/Sis
•A New Film by The Brotherhood/Sister Sol: One City – Fair Policing – This short documentary was created by Jemaray Pyatt who is an alumnus of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol. Jemaray is an accomplished director and videographer, and a graduate of Southwest Minnesota University.

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August 2015

In this issue we highlight:

Bro/Sis
•Cidra Sebastien’s New Op Ed On Immigration – Truth-Out published a thought-provoking Op Ed by Cidra Sebastien, Bro/Sis’ Associate Executive Director. The Op Ed details the journey of two of our members who were undocumented and the importance that DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals)
• This month, members in our International Study Program (ISP) returned home from their 30-day cultural learning and exchange experience in Brazil.
• Bro/Sis Youth-Run Farmers Market – Don’t forget to stop by our Hamilton Heights Youth Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 10am to 5pm. Located at 143rd Street and Amsterdam Avenue, our market provides fresh fruits and vegetables to the residents of Harlem through Green Market Co.

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July 2015

In this issue we highlight:

Bro/Sis
• Bro/Sis Appears on WABC’s New York Viewpoint; our Executive Director, Khary Lazarre-White, along with two alumni members, Marsha Jean Charles and Stephan Allen-Douglas, appeared on WABC’s New York Viewpoint to discuss the work of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol.
• Our International Study Program (ISP) completed its first week of their month long experience in Brazil in the city of Rio de Janerio. Their activities have included; touring Tijuca National Park and Christ the Redeemer at Corcovado, meeting with members of the US consulate and learning about the duties of US diplomats who serve in Brazil.

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June 2015

In this issue we highlight:

Bro/Sis
• A New Film by The Brotherhood/Sister Sol: My Liberation Is Your Liberation.

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February 2015

In this issue we highlight:

Bro/Sis
• Thrive Foundation for Youth – On December 10th to 12th, Khary Lazarre-White, Jason Warwin, and Wendy De Jesus attended a conference hosted by the Thrive Foundation for Youth
• Charles Hayden Foundation – On January 20th – 22nd Jason hosted a training in Boston to educate teachers and grantees from the Charles Hayden Foundation about the Bro/Sis’ Rites of Passage model
• Public Allies – On December 12th, Cidra M. Sebastien led a workshop consisting of 30 Public Allies
• Department of Education – On February 2nd, Cidra facilitated three training sessions on Bro/Sis’ youth development model for the Department of Education’s District 79
• On February 10th, Khary latest essay “Unspeakable Hope” was published in the Huffington Post
• Members of Bro/Sis Take Action
On January 15th, Liberation Program members Yancy Fernandez, Kevin Louissaint, and Liberation Program Organizer Simone Gamble spoke at the National Association of Social Workers-Social and Government Committee meeting
• On January 19th, members of Bro/Sis participated in the Dream4Justice NYC March. The march honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
• On January 16th, over 60 members and alumni attended the Brotherhood Rites of Passage Program annual retreat held at Trout Lake – the largest turnout ever!
• Sister Sol will be hosting their annual retreat on February 19th at Crystal Springs Ski Resort. Their theme will be “Many Paths…Different Journeys…One Vision.”

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November 2014

In this issue we highlight:

Bro/Sis
• Khary Lazarre-White Meets President and Gives Keynote Addresses at University of Virginia and NYU Wagner.
• Bro/Sis Staff Present at Young Men of Color Conference.
• Cidra Sebastien Attends New York Women’s Foundation Conference.
• Jason Warwin Participates in Echoing Green Conference
• Bro/Sis Hosts Rites Of Passage Day.
• Bro/Sis Member Performs at 2015 NYC Youth Poet Laureate.
• Bro/Sis’ Hamilton Heights Youth Market Ends on November 26th.

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October 2014

In this issue we highlight:

Bro/Sis
• “The Peoples Climate March” – Bro/Sis was a partner organization this week in the largest climate march in history – The People’s Climate March.
• “A Well Formed Soul” – Executive Director Khary Lazarre-White’s latest Huffington Post blog.
• “Urban Word’s Preemptive Education Conference ” – Khary will give The Maxine Greene Lecture at Urban Word’s Preemptive Education Conference at Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
• “Urban Word’s Preemptive Education Conference” – Khary will give The Maxine Greene Lecture at Urban Word’s Preemptive Education Conference at Teacher’s College, Columbia University.
• “Growing Up Locked Down Conference” – Khary Lazarre-White will speak, and Associate Executive Director Cidra M. Sebastien will facilitate a workshop at the Growing Up Locked Down Conference which is sponsored by the Justice League of New York and The Gathering for Justice.

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July 2014

In this issue we give an Summer Update on programs:

Bro/Sis
• “International Study Program” – Members in ISP are experiencing a three-week trip to Ghana.
• “Summer Day Camp” – With trips to Lake Welch, Luna Park, and museums such as the Guggenheim, MOMA, and the African Burial Ground, every day is an adventure for the youth at Bro/Sis.

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February 2014

In this issue we highlight:

BHSS
• “Spread The Word” – Cidra M. Sebastien discusses best practices.
• “Stop and Frisk” – Bro/Sis Alum Nicholas Peart Recognized for his Work on Stop and Frisk Reform.
• Khary Lazarre-White Remains a Leading Voice on Issues Affecting Young People of Color.
• Julien Terrell Lends his Voice to Discussion on Fair Policing.
• Figaro! Bro/Sis Members Treated to a Night of Opera.
• Liberation Program Members Making Strides
in Community Outreach.
• Alumna Elizabeth Acevedo Competes for WOWPS Title.
• Bro/Sis’ alumna Marsha Jean-Charles has earned her Master’s in African-American Studies from Columbia University.
• First Round of College Acceptances Are In.

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October 2013

In this issue we highlight:

BHSS
• “Sisters Day” – Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
• “Brotherhood Day” – Seizing the Day through Strength and Unity.
• Co-Founder Jason Warwin Chosen to join Echoing Green’s 2013 Inflection Cohort.
• Alumni Nicholas Peart Sits on Panel at Abyssinian Baptist Church.
• Peart and Lazarre-White Serve as Panelists at Legal Defense Fund’s Civil Rights Convening.
• Andrew Goodman Foundation Honors Khary Lazarre-White.
• Khary Lazarre-White Serves as Guest Speaker at Georgetown University.
• Khary Lazarre-White’s New Blog Post on The Huffington Post.
• Bro/Sis’ Annual Women’s Holiday Tea.
• Bro/Sis Hamilton Heights Youth Green Market.
• The Bro/Sis Marathon Fundraiser

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August 2013

In this issue we highlight:

BHSS
• Gaia Environmental Program hosts Grand Opening of Green Youth Market.
• Bro/Sis Youth Employment Opportunity Program (YEO) Raising Future Leaders.
• A Summer Filled with Adventure and Exploration: Bro/Sis Summer Day Camp and Bro/Sis Summer Teen Camp.
• Bro/Sis In The News.

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April 2013

In this issue we highlight:

BHSS
• Members of Bro/Sis’ Liberation Program participated in the 5th Annual Youth Expo hosted by Community Board 9’s Youth Education and Libraries Committee.
• Khary Lazarre-White, Executive Director & Co-Founder of Bro/Sis, appeared on TV One’s Washington Watch with Roland Martin.
• Bro/Sis alumni, Jemaray Pyatt created a new Game Changers Project video highlighting the disparate enforcement of marijuana laws in New York State.
• Bro/Sis invites you to our Annual Planting Week
• Nicholas Peart and Khary Lazarre-White Interview on NBC’s Grio.com
• Voices is Bro/Sis’ signature annual benefit, which highlights our youth and our life changing programming.

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March 2013

In this issue we highlight:

BHSS
• Bro/Sis Celebrates Women’s History Month
• Bro/Sis To Launch Youth Led Farmers Market
• Bro/Sis ISP To Visit The Dominican Republic and Haiti
• Bro/Sis Alumni Nicholas Peart Testifies
• Khary Lazarre-White Appears On The Joe Madison Show
• Bro/Sis Honored By Emblem Health
• Voices 9 is Here! Save The Date

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January 2013

In this issue we highlight:

PROGRAMS
• A short alumni created documentary on our Brotherhood Rites of Passage Program.
• Our recent Sister Sol Homecoming Day.
• Assorted programs’ recognition of the birth of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King and viewing of President Obama’s Inauguration speech.
• A visit to NBC for our teens.
• Our continuing work to train the field on our model – this month for New York City Department of Education teachers via the Young Men’s Initiative’s Expanded Success Initiative.
• Our Associate Director’s half marathon run to support Bro/Sis.

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November 2012

In this issue we highlight:

PROGRAMS
• Our successful open house where 25 young people learned about the many programs Bro/Sis has to offer.
• Members from across Bro/Sis programs, alumni members, staff and board make care packages for those affected by Hurricane Sandy who live in Far Rockaway, Coney Island, the Gowanus, and Staten Island.
• Members continue Bro/Sis campaign around reforming Stop and Frisk.
• Bro/Sis trains representative from Mediation Northern Ireland on our model of working with youth.
• Silvia Canales, Bro/Sis College Advisor serves as a moderator on Dancewave’s Financial Aid Panel during their 3rd Annual “Dancing Through College and Beyond” college fair.
• Bro/Sis to host its 7th Annual Women’s Tea. Purchase your tickets today!
• Bro/Sis needs your help. Post your review today!

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June 2012

In this issue we highlight:

• An overview of our recent Brotherhood and Sister Sol Rites of Passage three day long retreats to rural campsites
• The members of our Environmental Program spending a day in the country, milking cows, collecting eggs and learning about organic farming
• An overview of the many colleges and universities (Syracuse, St. John’s, assorted CUNY and SUNY campuses and many others) our seniors are matriculating to as well as the graduate programs (Columbia, NYU, U Penn Law, Maryland, George Washington) where our older alumni will begin study in September
• The Brotherhood/Sister Sol “spreading the word” of our work via a three-day training institute for New York City educators as well as presenting at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s “A Gathering of Leaders Cultivating Connections & Changing Conversations” which focused on young men of color
• Our organizing work to end the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” policy and the many ways our members and alumni have been speaking out about the issue, our support of the Center for Constitutional Right’s class action law suit (Floyd v. New York) seeking an end to the policy via contributing to the suit’s Amicus Brief and our member serving as a named witness, and our recent grant from the Tides Foundation to hire an organizer to focus on the issue
• Photos from our recent fundraising event, Voyage, a rooftop party hosted by Joy Bryant

This summer The Brotherhood/Sister Sol will provide extensive summer programming for our members that include a month long international study program to Brazil, summer day camps, environmental & arts education programming, job training, workforce exposure and environmental education. As always, thank you for your support of and interest in our work. It means a great deal. We count on the support of individuals like you to continue providing innovative and ground breaking services to young people. It is the support of our allies that allow us to continue to have an effect on the policy issues connected to our work and to spread the word as we train educators in the field.

Please support The Brotherhood/Sister Sol today.

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March 2012

In this issue we highlight:

• An overview of recent college tours and also college acceptances for our seniors
• A description of our Brotherhood Winter Retreat
• A Day of Service with The Alcoa Foundation
• Information on our training of educators in the field; speaking engagements by our leadership; and our
members speaking out against the NYPD’s practice of “Stop and Frisk” and being featured for this advocacy in the New York Times, WNBC and WPIX.
• Save the date for Voices 8 – May 17th at Jazz at Lincoln Center – http://brotherhood-sistersol.org/events/voices-8-educate-inspire-transform

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January 2012

In this issue we highlight:

PROGRAMS
• Our Sister Sol Homecoming celebration
• Our Brotherhood Day of Service in honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King
• New York Knicks’ star Amar’e Stoudemire’s holiday visit to BHSS and a link to ESPN’s coverage of this

ALUMNI
• Bro/Sis alumni Frank Lopez (BA, NYU) being named a 2012 Game Changer Fellow and a leading emerging filmmaker
• Bro/SIs alumni Marsha Jean Charles (BA, Wesleyan University) telling her story, via a video, of her experience in Bro/Sis

BOARD
• An announcement and bios of the three newest members to our Board of Directors: Dr. Farah Griffin, Santiago Taveras and Reverend John Vaughn

VOICES 8
• Save the date – Thursday, May 17th

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November 2011

In this issue we highlight:

• Our Arts Programming – performance, media, and poetry
• Our next fundraiser – our 6th Annual Women’s Holiday Tea to be held on December 3rd
Bro/Sis Spreading the Word – facilitating trainings on our model in Chicago and New York City; presenting and performing at a recent convening on education and identity at the Afro-Latin@ conference at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and CUNY Graduate Center; as well as speaking on an upcoming panel at Riverside Church on the New York City Police Department’s practices and and their policy of “stop and frisk”
Alumni Highlights – the story of two members who were selected after a national search for Black male teachers to be inaugural Heinz Fellows in the Pittsburgh Public School System; and the highlighting of an alumni member’s developing music career at Haverford College

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August 2011

In this issue, we highlight:

• Our Future Foundation exposure program, a new initiative funded by the New York City Council, with great support from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and from Bill Lynch and Associates. You will find links to press coverage of this program in the attached newsletter.
• Our International Study Program to Ghana with links to the commentary of our young people on this transformative month long experience. You will also find information on the screening we held of Freedom Riders, the new award winning documentary on the Civil Rights Movement. Bro/Sis is an official community partner on this film.
• A site visit we held for educational youth workers from South Africa, Ireland and from across the country, sponsored by the Atlantic Philanthropies

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July 2011

In this issue, we highlight:

• Our International Study Program to Ghana where fourteen of our members are spending the month of July
• Our Arts Institutes that are developing our members talents and helping them to hone their artistic voices
• Our job training program and Environmental Education effort in our community garden
• Our five-week Summer Day Camp for our 7-12 year old members
• Reports from our recent Brotherhood and Sister Sol Rites of Passage Program retreats
• Reports on our trainings of educators in New Orleans, Milwaukee and New York City
• Our upcoming fundraiser, Bro/Sis Comes to the Vineyard, to be held on August 15th

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June 2011

In this issue, we highlight:

Educational Achievement
• Our members and alumni graduating from college and graduate degree programs at schools such as Temple University, New York University, University of Pennsylvania, the New School, Wesleyan University, SUNY Buffalo State and Fordham University.
• Our high school seniors being accepted to schools that include St. John’s University, Pace University, Ithaca University, SUNY Buffalo State, Long Island University, Fairleigh Dickinson, SUNY Albany, Medgar Evers and the University of Bridgeport.

Spreading The Word
• Bro/Sis being visited by leading educational advocates from South Africa
• Bro/Sis being featured on Fox News (watch the five minute interview)
• Our members being invited to a White House convening on the issue of youth and community that was held in New York City
• Bro/Sis being invited to participate in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s national convening on systemic equity on health, housing and education.

Coverage of Voices 7
• At Voices 7 Dr. Cornel West, one of the honorees of the evening, said: “I am profoundly humbled by the vision and courage and determination of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol. For sixteen years they have kept the focus where it belongs. On the precious and priceless young people.” In our newsletter you will find a link to a photo montage of the event which also honored former NYC Mayor David N. Dinkins and Rosario Dawson and was hosted by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien.

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February 2011

In this issue, we highlight:

• Reality Check, our youth created media & technology initiative
• Our Environmental Program
• Our upcoming Liberating Voices/Liberating Minds (LVLM) trainings, sponsored by the Open Society Institute, and to be held in Milwaukee and Jackson, Mississippi
• A recap and slide show of our 4th annual Getting Rich By Giving Back panel
• A save the date for Voices 7, to be held Thursday, May 5th

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