Spread The Word
The proverb it takes a village to raise a child is an apt approach to youth development for many Black and Latino/a youth. They come from homes in which generations of blood and virtual family have traditionally had a significant role in their upbringing.
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol was created to provide a critical link between families, schools and the community. We increase our members’ access to enriching experiences, resources, and knowledgeable and caring adults. Our youth development model fuses culturally relevant content and teaching with social emotional learning. This helps our members acquire self-knowledge, and form meaningful connections and relationships. For the last 10 years we have provided informal guidance to community and school based colleagues. Spread the Word (formerly Community Outreach Program) is our comprehensive initiative that:
- Provides our member with a forum for expressing their viewpoints and commitments in word and deed
- Connects our members to caring adults and a variety of supportive services
- Exposes youth workers and teachers to an effective grassroots pedagogical approach for meeting the complex and holistic needs of Black and Latino/a youth
Reality Check Online is a youth-led media initiative of the Brotherhood/Sister Sol. The website is a place for members to publish articles and blog on topics relevant to their lives and interests. We create a healthy and safe online community by promoting self-confidence and by valuing our lives and the lives of others.
We conduct active outreach and recruitment to expand our volunteer base. We encourage community members, college students, activists, and professionals to participate in our program as mentors, tutors, guest speakers, and activity coordinators. Community involvement in our programs enables us to maintain strong community ties and further extend the network of support for our youth.