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) visited Cuba for the second time.

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

Co-Founder and Executive Director Khary Lazarre-White speaks with ABC 7’s Bill Ritter.

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 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 fall of 2020.

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.

Events

Youth Run Farmers’ Market

Every Wednesday | June 26 – November 27, 2019
10:30am – 5:00pm
143rd Street (between Amsterdam and Hamilton Place

Brought to you by the youth of Gaia Renaissance of the Bro/Sis Environmental Program. Fresh, Local & Healthy Fruits & Vegetables.

We accept cash, EBT, credit, WIC, Health Bucks and FMNP checks

Latest Post

Hailing Hartman

Renowned jazz singer Johnny Hartman, who had a lengthy recording career as a solo artist and also worked with John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie, has a new public space in Hamilton Heights that bears his name. Read article from Manhattan Times News Here.

Johnny Hartman Plaza Opening featured on Fox 5 NY

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) & New York City Department of Transportation's plaza launch in Hamilton Heights on August 14, 2019, was featured on Fox 5 NY. Watch Fox 5 NY video here.

Johnny Hartman Plaza Opening featured on NY 1

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) & New York City Department of Transportation's plaza launch in Hamilton Heights on August 14, 2019, was featured on NY 1. Watch NY 1 video here.

Cuba Day 25 – Climbing a mountain

Today was a very interesting day. My body was all over the place and we went to go climb a mountain. Climbing a mountain was one of the best activities of the day, the 460 steps helped ease my mind a lot. That's one thing I'm going to miss about Cuba is being at ease....

Cuba Day 24 – Singing and dancing in Santiago

It’s been a long journey since we came here, and toured and studied the country. I have learned so much during my travel. I learned that Afro Cubans had a great impact on Cuban history which is not talked a lot in history books. Afro Cubans had a great impact on...

Cuba Day 23 – Afro-Cuban History

Today we learned more about Afro-Cuban history from two very successful Afro-Cuban women. We learned about the Cuban slaves from a professor and an actress. I liked how the actress gave us a background of her life and we learned about how she grew up and the things...

Cuba Day 22 – Art all day

It’s been a long month so far surrounded by all these people. Today we were able to do some community work. We went to the ICAP headquarters in Santiago de Cuba. They weren’t doing any big projects, they were just cleaning up. We helped them move palm leaves that had...

Cuba Day 21 – Making Music

Today was great. First we went to the Santa ifigenia Cemetery. It held the resting places of not only the people’s family members but also famous presidents and people who went down in history. Also, every 30 minutes they had Cuban armed forces doing small marches to...

Cuba Day 20 – Ironic

Today was a slow day. We had a 12 hour bus ride from Trinidad to Santiago de Cuba. It was pretty boring. Not much to say about the trip. A lot of sleeping and reflecting as well as watching movies. We watched The Green Book, Fighting with My Family and half of House...

Cuba Day 19 – Sugar cane and the beach

The day started off really interesting due to the fact I woke up early and on time. I woke up for breakfast and early enough to take a morning shower to start off a good day. The activity we were going to do was go up a tower that was used to call the slaves in the...

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.