#BroSisRising: A Community Celebration

In conversation with #BrosisRising Honoree Senator Raphael Warnock & Former Voices Honoree Rosario Dawson  

Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 7:00 pm EDT | Virtual

Legacy: 25 years of Social Justice Work

A new short film on our organizing and activism.

PSA from Carrie Mae Weems & The Peace Poets

Carrie Mae Weems partners with Bro/Sis and our alumni The Peace Poets to create a public health campaign – a PSA and billboards – focused on COVID.

Our Response to The Coronavirus Crisis

Get updates on how Bro/Sis is responding to COVID-19, including our substantial emergency response and our return to in-person programming in July.

Creating Changemakers

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

Bro Sis Talks

Bro Sis has convened a series of conversations on the disproportionate impact of the Covid pandemic on Black & Latinx low-income communities. Guests have included thought-leaders and visionaries like Bro/Sis Artists in Residence Carrie Mae Weems & Bill T. Jones, David Remnick, Farah Griffin, Alondra Nelson, Elizabeth Acevedo, Darrick Hamilton, Pedro Noguera, Ana Oliveria, and more. Through these conversations, Bro/Sis is working to engage our larger community in critical dialogue that we hope will advance larger discussions around equity and justice.

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!

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

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 $18,300,000 in funding for this two-year $18,800,000  development and construction effort.

We need your help today to reach our goal of $18,800,000

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

#BroSisRising: A Community Celebration

Thursday, April 8, 2021

7:00 pm EDT

Join us for our online fundraiser to celebrate our work over the past year, the rise of our new home, and our milestone anniversary – 25 years of working with young people to build the future they want to see. 

We are pleased to announce that #BroSisRising will feature conversations with U.S. Senator Raphael Warnock, who will receive The Ella Baker & César Chávez Award for Positive Community Development, and artist, activist, and former honoree Rosario Dawson, about youth organizing, voting, and social justice.

Click here to RSVP and reserve your spot!

Latest Post

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol Advocates For Social Justice, Mental Healthcare, And Education In NYC

Black Enterprise spoke with the leading activist and change maker to learn more about his efforts over the last 25 years, and throughout the pandemic.

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol feeds hungry families for the New Year in Harlem

For the last quarter century, The Brotherhood-Sister Sol has been working in Harlem to support youth through art and after school programs. But their role has expanded greatly during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit Black and Brown communities the hardest.

Bro/Sis Talks

Bro/Sis has convened a series of conversations on the disproportionate impact of the Covid pandemic on Black & Latinx low-income communities.

Harlem Nonprofit Launches Food Drive Ahead Of Holidays

A Harlem nonprofit that has given out thousands of free meals during the pandemic is stepping up its efforts for the holiday season.

Education, Covid, Race and America

Celebrating 25 Years of Bro/Sis’ transformational youth development work and social justice efforts.

Journalists, Actors, & Community Leaders Celebrate 25 Years of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol

Celebrating 25 Years of Bro/Sis’ transformational youth development work and social justice efforts.

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol’s Artistic Collaboration with The Peace Poets & visual artist Carrie Mae Weems on view at The Brooklyn Museum

Carrie Mae Weems: RESIST COVID TAKE 6! featuring Bro/Sis and The Peace Poets on view September 16 – November 8, 2020 at The Brooklyn Museum Plaza.

LEGO details new partnerships that support racial equality

LEGO has introduced a slate of new partners as it moves towards a commitment it made in June this year ‘to stand together with the Black community’ against racism and inequality. Over the summer, the Danish toy maker also stated it would donate to organisations dedicated to supporting Black children and educating all children about racial inequality.

Artwork at Brooklyn Museum brings awareness to coronavirus impact on minority communities

News 12 Brooklyn highlights Bro/Sis, The Peace Poets, & contemporary American artist Carrie Mae Weems artistic partnership.

The LEGO Group Announces New Partnerships That Support Racial Equality

In June 2020, the LEGO Group committed to stand together with the Black community against racism and inequality. Bro/Sis is one of its newest partners.

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.