The Verdict: The Movement Continues

Khary Lazarre-White, Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Brotherhood Sister Sol, issued this statement following former officer Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the murder of George Floyd:

#BroSisRising: A Community Celebration

An inspiring evening featuring conversations with honoree U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock & past honoree Rosario Dawson, appearances by BroSis staff and youth, and performances by Zora Howard and The Peace Poets.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Legacy: 25 years of Social Justice Work

A new short film on our organizing and activism.

PSA from Carrie Mae Weems & The Peace Poets

Carrie Mae Weems partners with Bro/Sis and our alumni The Peace Poets to create a public health campaign – a PSA and billboards – focused on COVID.

Our Response to The Coronavirus Crisis

Get updates on how Bro/Sis is responding to COVID-19, including our substantial emergency response and our return to in-person programming in July.

Creating Changemakers

A black-led nonprofit in Harlem is keeping kids in school and out of trouble.

Bro Sis Talks

Bro Sis has convened a series of conversations on the disproportionate impact of the Covid pandemic on Black & Latinx low-income communities. Guests have included thought-leaders and visionaries like Bro/Sis Artists in Residence Carrie Mae Weems & Bill T. Jones, David Remnick, Farah Griffin, Alondra Nelson, Elizabeth Acevedo, Darrick Hamilton, Pedro Noguera, Ana Oliveria, and more. Through these conversations, Bro/Sis is working to engage our larger community in critical dialogue that we hope will advance larger discussions around equity and justice.

The help NYC children deserve:

Op Ed piece written by Liberation Program member Mendy Mendez Ventura

Capital Campaign

On October 12th, 2018 The Brotherhood/Sister Sol broke ground on our new home.

Our Story

Watch this powerful 6-minute video, produced by 72andSunny, that premiered at our Voices 15 gala.

Who we are...

A video of the voices of the young people of Bro/Sis.

We Are Together

Bro/Sis alumni, The Peace Poets

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol

Educational Programming, Training, Organizing for Social Change

Mission Statement

Founded in 1995, The Brotherhood Sister Sol (BroSis) provides comprehensive, holistic and long-term support services to youth who range in age from eight to twenty-two. Bro/Sis offers wrap around evidence-based programming.

The organization focuses on issues such as leadership development and educational achievement, sexual responsibility, sexism and misogyny, political education and social justice, Pan-African and Latinx history, and global awareness. BroSis provides four-six year rites of passage programming, thorough five day a week after school care, school and home counseling, summer camps, job training and employment, college preparation, community organizing training, and international study programs to Africa, the Caribbean and South America.

BroSis is unique in that we are locally based, yet with a national reach as we are: an evidence-based program that serves young people from economically poor communities and are seen as a model for the nation; we organize and advocate for social change; and we publish curricula and educate and train educators across the nation on our model.

Our Theory of Change is to provide multi-layered support, guidance, education and love to our membership, to teach them to have self-discipline and form order in their lives, and then to offer opportunities and access so that they may develop agency.

We rely heavily on the generosity of individuals and organizations to sustain our innovative programming.

Programs

Rites of Passage

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol’s Rites of Passage (ROP) Program is the foundation of the organization.

After School

Our After School Program provides an entry point for youth into our organization.

Summer Leadership

The Summer Leadership Program (SLP) provides an enriching environment when school is out.

College Advisory

College Advisory Program (or CAP) is our most formal approach to college preparation.

Capital Campaign

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) is proud to announce that on October 12th, 2018 we broke ground on our new home. This 20,000 square foot capital project provides critical support to one of the leading citywide youth development organizations in New York City. This development allows for the creation of the necessary physical site for an organization that is being modeled across the country.

Completion is scheduled for the summer of 2021.

We have secured $18,300,000 in funding for this two-year $18,800,000  development and construction effort.

We need your help today to reach our goal of $18,800,000

The architectural firm of Urban Architectural Initiatives, designed the building and Gilbane Building Company, one of the largest privately held and family-owned construction companies in the field, is managing the project. Our government relations firm, one that has been critical to the success of this project, is Kasirer Consulting. The Board of Directors of Bro/Sis is deeply committed to this expansion and their advice and leadership has been critical to the success of the effort.

Upcoming Event

Annual Planting & Art Weeks

April 26 – May 7, 2021

The Brotherhood Sister Sol will hold its annual Planting & Art Weeks, from Monday, April 26th to Thursday, May 7th.

During our Planting & Art Weeks we welcome all to join us in the garden as we plant annuals, perennials, vegetables, and herbs; paint and repair structures, and create art preparing the garden and plaza for spring.

Click here for more information. 

Latest Post

52 Straight Weeks of Food Distribution

Through a global pandemic, despite rain and snow and extreme heat and cold, our staff has shown up for our community every single week, distributing over 600,000 meals.

On this 52nd consecutive food distribution, we want to elevate our staff who without pause have held our young people and our community close, our volunteers who have joined us in this work and given so much of themselves, and you – our friends, partners, and supporters.

How an army of young people are fighting climate injustice I #InFoucsNY1 with Cheryl Wills

NY1’s Cheryl Wills speaks to climate warriors, BroSis youth leader Kirtia Spence, and Co-founder and Associate Executive Director Jason Warwin, about the fight for environmental justice about why the climate is also about racial and social inequality.

BroSis featured on Fox 5 NY’s Good Day Street Talk

BroSis youth organizer, Tida Dukuray, and Co-founder and Executive Director Khary Lazarre-White, spoke to Fox 5 NY about our work throughout the pandemic, and the web of support and opportunities we provide to our young people.

Harlem’s The Brotherhood Sister Sol Develops Next-Gen of Environmental Activists | Our Daily Planet

BroSis youth leader Koemi Peña and Co-Founder and Associate Executive Director Jason Warwin sat down with Our Daily Plant to discuss our community organizing around environmental justice and how we’re developing the next generation of environmental activists.

Earth Day + Youth-led Voter Registration Event

BroSis youth leaders kicked off Earth Day celebrations with a ‘Vote for the Earth’ voter registration drive.

The Verdict: The Movement Continues

Statement from The Brotherhood Sister Sol on Derek Chauvin Trial Conviction.

“We at The Brotherhood Sister Sol are, of course, relieved that former police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted for his murder of George Floyd. This killing of George Floyd, perpetrated for over more than nine slow agonizing minutes, this destruction of a human body, has resulted in a guilty verdict – for the murder that it was…”

#BroSis25 – 25 years of youth development and social justice

25 Years of BroSis – Celebrating 25 Years of Youth Development, Mentorship, and Organizing for Social Justice.

In 1995, The Brotherhood Sister Sol was founded by two college graduates as a continuation of the work they started as seniors at Brown University, working with young men of color at a nearby community center.

Khary Lazarre-White discusses the fatal shooting of Daunte Wright on Cheddar

Khary Lazarre-White, Co-founder and Executive Director of BroSis appeared on Cheddar to discuss the killing of Daunte Wright, the impact police violence has on Black and Brown communities, and the importance of holding law enforcement accountable for these killings.

Vox’s #GladYouAskedYT episode 𝘐𝘴 𝘔𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘰𝘤𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘺 𝘢 𝘔𝘺𝘵𝘩? How the US education system perpetuates inequality and racism, featuring The Brotherhood Sister Sol and our Executive Director Khary Lazarre-White.

Education in the United States is supposed to be meritocratic, meaning a student’s achievement is measured solely by their efforts. But how do class and privilege affect opportunity, and does everyone really get the same shot? Glad You Asked host Fabiola Cineas explores how the myth of meritocracy perpetuates racism while keeping the American dream achievable only for a privileged few.

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol Advocates For Social Justice, Mental Healthcare, And Education In NYC

Black Enterprise spoke with the leading activist and change maker to learn more about his efforts over the last 25 years, and throughout the pandemic.

Statistics

In NYC the general high school graduation rate of 70%; while the Schott Foundation found that the graduation rate of Black and Latino boys is 34%. Over 40% of Black men between the ages of 18-65 in New York City are unemployed.

90% of our alumni have graduated from high school, 95% either graduated from high school or earned their GED and 95% are working full time or enrolled in college.

Harlem’s teenaged pregnancy rate is 15% – our members have a rate of less than 2%.

With regards to issues of criminality and morality – after 20 years none of our members or alumni members are incarcerated and less than 1% have a felony conviction.