America - Protests, Pandemic & An Election

A conversation with Darrick Hamilton, Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Alondra Nelson, President, Social Science Research Council; Farah Griffin, Chair, Department of African American & African Diaspora Studies, Columbia University; and Bro/Sis Executive Director, Khary Lazarre-White .

Art & Activism: A Response To What We Are Facing In America

A conversation moderated by The Root’s Editor in Chief, Danielle Belton.

Our Response to The Coronavisus Crisis

Get updates on how Bro/Sis is responding to COVID-19.

WABC Eyewitness News profiles Bro/Sis

our response to support our youth and community during the Covid pandemic .

Stop and Frisk

On November 18th, 2019 Executive Director & Co-Founder Khary Lazarre-White appeared on CBS News to discuss Michael Bloomberg’s apology for his stop and frisk policy

Creating Changemakers

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

The help NYC children deserve:

Op Ed piece written by Liberation Program member Mendy Mendez Ventura

#BroSis25

Join with us as we celebrate 25 years of youth development and social justice!

The House That Cidra Sebastien Helped Build

A very powerful and well deserved feature on the passionate and fierce Cidra and how love and commitment guided her work at Bro/Sis.

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

Our Alumni and our Work

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

A Statement from The Brotherhood/Sister Sol

Protests have spread across this nation since the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. Youth and staff of Bro/Sis have joined these protests and expressed our fury at yet another name being added to the long list of Black people killed by the police. Each an individual. Each beloved and mourned. Yet common circumstances of unnerving vicious repetition. The country is exploding with protests as every city has a similar list of Black and brown people killed by the police. Killed for being in our homes, for walking down the street, for riding in cars, for jogging, for being a child and playing in a playground, for sleeping in our beds.

Bro/Sis is a social justice youth development organization and for 25 years our staff and youth have protested such killings by the police here in NYC and organized for change. 

Bro/Sis has been centrally involved in the organizing movement to challenge and change the NYPD’s unconstitutional and widespread discriminatory use of “stop and frisk;” to end the discredited and racist policing practice known as “broken windows policing” that has resulted in so many deaths across the nation and filled jails and prisons; to change racially disparate enforcement of marijuana laws; to close the stain on our city that is Rikers Island; to demand an office of independent investigations and prosecutions of police violence and killings; and to remove the NYPD from our public schools.

We have constantly called attention to the profoundly unequal justice system in our nation. This system and the type of policing that feeds it are reflections of the larger society. Racism was central to the founding of this nation and continues to be deep seeded in all aspects of society – it is in the very air around us. We will continue, unfailingly, to do this work to counter systemic racism and to organize for a just and equitable America. It is the very reason Bro/Sis was founded – to support youth in comprehensive ways in response to the comprehensive inequities they face – and to help them to learn to change these conditions. We are tired – but we will keep moving. We will only be successful if people of good faith of all backgrounds and ethnicities, all who believe in justice and equity, join us and commit to this struggle.

Khary Lazarre-White 
Executive Director & Co-Founder

 

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 Latinx 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, the Caribbean and South 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 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 spring of 2021.

We have secured $17,000,000 in funding for this two-year $18,000,000  development and construction effort.

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

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

America – Protests, Pandemic & An Election

Friday June 12th, 2020
4pm
Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/brosis512

With Darrick Hamilton, Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, Alondra Nelson, President, Social Science Research Council; Farah Griffin, Chair, Department of African American & African Diaspora Studies, Columbia University; and Bro/Sis Executive Director, Khary Lazarre-White .

Watch on Facebook Live.

Latest Post

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol’s Executive Director, Khary Lazarre-White, speaks with Spectrum NY1

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol’s Executive Director, Khary Lazarre-White, speaks with Spectrum NY1 News #OneNewYork about the importance of our organizing efforts around the divestment of the NYPD.

Art & Activism: A Response To What We Are Facing In America

The conversation was moderated by The Root’s Editor in Chief, Danielle Belton, and will feature Bro/Sis alumnae, Elizabeth Acevedo, among the most prominent Afro-Latinas – NYT bestseller, Carnegie award winner and National book award winner, and our Executive Director and Novelist, Khary Lazarre-White.

COVID-19: What it Reveals About America

On May 28th we held a Facebook Live discussion on COVID-19’s disparate impact on low-income communities and communities of color, the public response, and a path forward.

Khary Lazarre-White In Conversation with Stephen Hurley

Host Stephen Hurley scans the education ecosystem, looking for the people and ideas that are starting to change the way we think about teaching, learning, schools and communities

Movement Time in America

The Covid 19 global pandemic that has infiltrated every aspect of our daily lives, has also brought further into the light, for all to see, the gross inequalities of our nation.

The Intersection of Race, Art, Social Justice, and Medicine

Bill T. Jones, Carrie Mae Weems and More to Take Part in Virtual Conversation on Race, Arts, and Social Justice.

Creating Changemakers

A black-led nonprofit in Harlem is keeping kids in school and out of trouble by giving them the tools they need to transcend racism, poverty, and now the coronavirus.

WABC Eyewitness News profiles Bro/Sis

WABC Eyewitness News features Bro/Sis and our response to support our youth and community during the Covid pandemic

#BroSis 25 Reflections: Abraham Velazquez, Bro/Sis Alumni & LP Facilitator

SO I LISTEN by Abraham Velazquez, Jr., Bro/Sis Alumni Member & Liberation Program Facilitator remember my first time being at The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) and participating in their writing program, The Lyrical Circle. It was held in...

As Brotherhood/Sister Sol celebrates its 25th anniversary, see its new headquarters

For From its founding 25 years ago, Harlem-based non-profit Brotherhood/Sister Sol (“Bro/Sis”) has provided young people with educational programming, support services, and mentorship from a brownstone on 143rd Street. It has outgrown its original headquarters, and a...

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.