The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
Educational Programming, Training, Organizing for Social Change
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.
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.