Capital Campaign

In spring 2018 the Brotherhood/Sister Sol will break ground on thier new home.

Who we are...

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

Youth Run Farmers' Market

Wednesdays | June 20 – November 21, 2018

Speeches and Poetry from Voices 14

The speeches and poetry from Voices: spoken word poems from alumnae Elizabeth Acevedo & Zora Howard and the keynote speeches from member Trevor Walsh and our Executive Director Khary Lazarre-White.

NBC Give 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 – a veteran of the streets, 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 misogynya, 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 of color 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 in spring 2018 we will break 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.

The hard and soft construction costs associated with the new building are approximately $14,000,000 and we have set a $15,000,000 target for the entire effort. We have secured $13,000,000 in funding for this two-year development and construction effort.

We need your help today to reach our goal of $15,000,000

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

Youth Run Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday | June 20 – November 21
10:00am – 5:00pm
143rd Street (between Amsterdam and Hamilton Place)

BroSis Torchbearer Training

August 6, 2018 – August 9, 2018
9:30am – 5:00pm
Broadway Housing Communities, Rio Gallery and Rooftop Space

Developed over the course of 20 years, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol Rites of Passage Program is recognized nationally and internationally as one of the leading models of holistic youth development.

Latest Post

NYC Teens Run Farmers Market in Hamilton Heights, WNBC

A group of enterprising New York City teenagers are getting some farm-fresh learning this summer. The youngsters recognized a need for fresh fruits and vegetables in their neighborhood and as John Chandler reports, they’re getting an education while fulfilling it.

WABC’s Here and Now

Khary Lazarre-White discussing Bro/Sis and the criminal justice system.

HuffingtPost’s Op Ed, We Will Win, by Khary Lazarre-White

Intersectionality speaks to a world-view and perspective – a way to analyze overlapping forms of identity and varied experiences and also systems of oppression, a lens with which to view struggle and freedom that is inclusive…

Who Got Next: Creating Pipelines For Girls Of Color To Be On The Ballot

Organizations must nourish and buttress the political ambitions of young black and brown women.

WABC’s Up Close with Bill Ritter

Life on the street – and lives lost on the street.

Capital Press Release

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol announces $10.3 million dollars in funding toward the construction of the leading out of school time building in New York City – the creation of a model for the nation.

Police and State Violence and Our Children

We will work and organize to ensure fair policing that adheres to the Constitution, to reform the unjust criminal justice system…

Making Change by Changing the Story

“We in the nonprofit sector are tackling some of the most difficult issues of our time,” says Khary Lazarre-White, co-founder and executive director of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis), a youth development organization based in Harlem that aims to cultivate a theory of change among disadvantaged youth.

Black Girl Movement: National Conference

“Black Girl Movement: A National Conference” is a three-day gathering at Columbia University in New York City to focus on Black girls, cis, queer, and trans girls, in the United States.

Inspired by their mentors, Harlem group’s D.R.E.A.M. girls are bonded for life!

It’s not hard to spot the three-story brownstone where The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, a 20-year-old youth development organization, looks after and helps to raise some of the luckiest young people in Harlem.

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.