Our Story

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

Capital Campaign

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

Cuba (2019)

This year our International Study Program (ISP) is visiting Cuba for the second time.

Voices 15

May 21, 2019: Shaping Lives and Building Community

Who we are...

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

NBC Gives Highlights Bro/Sis

Building Strong Women and Girls – featuring Cidra M. Sebastien.

Our Alumni and our Work

Words from alumni members of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol and the influences on their lives.

Up Close with Bill Ritter

On Up Close last Sunday, the author and activist Khary Lazarre-White – with his first novel.

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 (Bro/Sis) 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 Latino history, and global awareness. Bro/Sis 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 and Latin America.

Bro/Sis 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 Programm provides an entry point for children.

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.

We have secured $15,000,000 in funding for this two-year $17,000,000  development and construction effort.

We need your help today to reach our goal of $17,000,000

The architectural firm of Urban Architectural Initiatives has 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.

Events

Voices 15

May 21, 2019
6:30pm
Ziegfeld Theater (141 West 54th)

Voices is our signature annual celebration of our youth and our life changing programming. Voices provides a platform for our members to share their personal journeys, often through spoken word performances.

Latest Post

Cuba Day 12 – Trains, Che, El Mejunje Youth Club

After eating breakfast at ICAP, we went and saw the old trains at the armored train site where soldiers used to transport military weapons and personal materials. We also went and saw the monument of Che and other soldiers who fought with him to liberate Cuba. Che is...

Cuba Day 11 – Visiting a Clinic

The second half arisesAs our journey begins Trees of all sizesPass us byIn a three hour drive A rainbowNot in the skyBut arrangedUpon the outside wallOf houses With the sun shining perfectlyYellow and plumpLeading to sweatDripping vigorously Check upAnd visitsTo...

Cuba Day 10 – Grateful

This is my first time out the country and I have been enjoying myself incredibly. Throughout these last ten days I’ve learned so much about myself as a person. To whoever is reading this thank you for giving me the opportunity to be able to travel to another country...

Cuba Day 8 – Cuba is not what I thought it would be

This is my first ISP and so far and my knowledge of Cuba has grown. I used to think that Cuba was a run down,rat infested, and third world country. Now I know that Cuba is a beautiful country that is trying to thrive even though the USA embargo is holding a tight grip...

Cuba Day 7 – With knowledge comes responsibility

This being my second ISP, I have really been able to find myself through various experiences that I have had encountered throughout the time being. From salsa dancing to horse back riding, I have done things that I thought I would never be doing a day in my life. The...

Cuba Day 6 – Staying with Fidel (not that one)

Now we have began our second week of Cuba and so far it has been great. I have done many things that I have never done before. I finally went to my first beach and went horseback riding. Surprisingly, I was able to handle the horse quite well. I was able to take...

Silvia Canales On Relationship-Based College Counseling

Silvia Canales, our College & Career Coordinator, recently participated in the Ethics in Education Network's Ethical Schools Podcast, where she talked about the work Bro/Sis does to support young women and young men as they think about college and their careers. From...

Cuba Day 5 – Organic Farming, Presentations, Ups and Downs

The week has gone by really fast but slow at the same time with many ups and downs. For instance, the many organizations we have met in Cuba so far have been able to really show us the truth about Cuba, letting us know the real effects of the blockade on the Cuban people […]

Cuba Day 4 – Learning about myself

So far these 4-5 days I’ve been in Cuba I’ve learned so much not about just Cuba but myself too. I’ve expanded my horizon with everything. Such as eating new foods, learning new dances, attempting to speak a new language etc […]

Cuba Day 3 – Perspective

My time and experience in Cuba so far has been great. Ever since getting off the plane and out the doors of the airport, I can’t stop smiling as the environment of Cuba produces a different vibe than New York […]

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.