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Legacy: 25 years of Social Justice Work

Legacy: 25 years of Social Justice Work

For 25 years, we have applied a social justice framework to our youth development efforts, standing shoulder to shoulder with young people in pursuit of justice, equity, and access for all. This video tells that story.

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A Youth Vision for the Future of NYC

A Youth Vision for the Future of NYC

Join our youth organizers and activists next week Friday, August 12, at 11 AM, on Facebook Live for a conversation "A Youth Vision for the Future of NYC."The youth of Bro/Sis will discuss their vision for the future of their city, divesting from the police, the...

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Summer at Bro/Sis

Summer at Bro/Sis

After closing our doors and transitioning to remote programming in March, Bro/Sis has resumed in-person programming this summer, abiding by all recommended safety protocols.

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

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.

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Movement Time in America

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.

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Creating Changemakers

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.

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How One Social-Justice Organization Diversified Its Revenue

How One Social-Justice Organization Diversified Its Revenue

NEW YORK — As he leads a visitor on a tour of the busy Harlem intersection where the organization he co-founded has made a home for the past 25 years, Khary Lazarre-White explains with pride how Brotherhood/Sister Sol transformed a cluster of mostly vacant and rundown...

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Message From The Brotherhood/Sister Sol Regarding COVID-19

Message From The Brotherhood/Sister Sol Regarding COVID-19

On Tuesday, March 17th, Bro/Sis began serving our young people remotely through internet-based meetings and support services. In accordance with CDC recommendations and NYC mandates that prohibit gatherings of more than 50 people, we were left with no choice but to...

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The House That Cidra Sebastien Helped Build

The House That Cidra Sebastien Helped Build

In the 18 years that Cidra Sebastien spent at Harlem’s Brotherhood/ Sister Sol, she raised children, encouraged their hopes and dreams, then sent them off to college with the kind of goals and aspirations they found hard to imagine from the constraints of their...

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#BroSis25 Reflections: Chynekia, Founding Sister Sol Member

#BroSis25 Reflections: Chynekia, Founding Sister Sol Member

I have been associated with Bro/Sis since I was 13. I am now 34. That's 21 years! Never in my life have I been that committed to anything. It has given me more throughout the years than I could even ask for. More than I think they even understand. I have bonded with...

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Hailing Hartman

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.

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New Plaza Brings Activity Space, Safety Improvements To Harlem

New Plaza Brings Activity Space, Safety Improvements To Harlem

HARLEM, NY — A small stretch of road in West Harlem has been transformed into a public space where community members can gather for events, buy fresh produce or just find a place to sit and relax in the shade on a hot day. Elected officials and community advocates...

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THE PEACE POETS ARE EXPANDING THE CIRCLE

THE PEACE POETS ARE EXPANDING THE CIRCLE

BEFORE THEY ARE hip-hop performers, educators, and poets, the Peace Poets are a family. “It’s been a development of a brotherhood,” Frank Antonio López (aka Frankie 4) says of the group’s formation. López and Abraham Velazquez Jr. (aka A-B-E) met when they were 3...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Cuba Day 12 – Trains, Che, El Mejunje Youth Club

Cuba Day 12 – Trains, Che, El Mejunje Youth Club

After eating breakfast at ICAP, we went and saw the old trains at the armored train site where soldiers used to transport military weapons and personal materials. We also went and saw the monument of Che and other soldiers who fought with him to liberate Cuba. Che is...

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Cuba Day 11 – Visiting a Clinic

Cuba Day 11 – Visiting a Clinic

The second half arisesAs our journey begins Trees of all sizesPass us byIn a three hour drive A rainbowNot in the skyBut arrangedUpon the outside wallOf houses With the sun shining perfectlyYellow and plumpLeading to sweatDripping vigorously Check upAnd visitsTo...

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Cuba Day 10 – Grateful

Cuba Day 10 – Grateful

This is my first time out the country and I have been enjoying myself incredibly. Throughout these last ten days I’ve learned so much about myself as a person. To whoever is reading this thank you for giving me the opportunity to be able to travel to another country...

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Cuba Day 8 – Cuba is not what I thought it would be

Cuba Day 8 – Cuba is not what I thought it would be

This is my first ISP and so far and my knowledge of Cuba has grown. I used to think that Cuba was a run down,rat infested, and third world country. Now I know that Cuba is a beautiful country that is trying to thrive even though the USA embargo is holding a tight grip...

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Cuba Day 7 – With knowledge comes responsibility

Cuba Day 7 – With knowledge comes responsibility

This being my second ISP, I have really been able to find myself through various experiences that I have had encountered throughout the time being. From salsa dancing to horse back riding, I have done things that I thought I would never be doing a day in my life. The...

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Cuba Day 6 – Staying with Fidel (not that one)

Cuba Day 6 – Staying with Fidel (not that one)

Now we have began our second week of Cuba and so far it has been great. I have done many things that I have never done before. I finally went to my first beach and went horseback riding. Surprisingly, I was able to handle the horse quite well. I was able to take...

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Silvia Canales On Relationship-Based College Counseling

Silvia Canales On Relationship-Based College Counseling

Silvia Canales, our College & Career Coordinator, recently participated in the Ethics in Education Network's Ethical Schools Podcast, where she talked about the work Bro/Sis does to support young women and young men as they think about college and their careers. From...

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Cuba Day 5 – Organic Farming, Presentations, Ups and Downs

Cuba Day 5 – Organic Farming, Presentations, Ups and Downs

The week has gone by really fast but slow at the same time with many ups and downs. For instance, the many organizations we have met in Cuba so far have been able to really show us the truth about Cuba, letting us know the real effects of the blockade on the Cuban people […]

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Cuba Day 4 – Learning about myself

Cuba Day 4 – Learning about myself

So far these 4-5 days I’ve been in Cuba I’ve learned so much not about just Cuba but myself too. I’ve expanded my horizon with everything. Such as eating new foods, learning new dances, attempting to speak a new language etc […]

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Cuba Day 3 – Perspective

Cuba Day 3 – Perspective

My time and experience in Cuba so far has been great. Ever since getting off the plane and out the doors of the airport, I can’t stop smiling as the environment of Cuba produces a different vibe than New York […]

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Cuba Day 2 – Getting to Know Havana

Cuba Day 2 – Getting to Know Havana

Our second day of Cuba went amazingly smoothly. First, we toured 4 plazas in Cuba’s capital Havana. It was extremely hot throughout the tour, but that didn’t take away from the beautiful colorful buildings that were all around the city […]

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Cuba Day 1 – The Journey Begins

Cuba Day 1 – The Journey Begins

Upon our arrival in Cuba, the first thing to take note of was the hot and humid tropical air. Unlike anything I have experienced in New York, the air wasn’t only hot but fresh […]

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ISP Cuba 2019

ISP Cuba 2019

This year’s ISP crew arrived in Cuba on July 1. Our members’ 4-week immersion experience is co-facilitated by Brittany Reyes, Frank Lopez and Jason Warwin.

Over the next few days, the ISP crew will explore the capital of Havana, meet with artists researching issues of race in Cuba, participate in Afro-Cuban dance, and visit the Museum of the Revolution.

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Brotherhood/Sister Sol raises $1.3 million at annual gala

Brotherhood/Sister Sol raises $1.3 million at annual gala

Harlem-based youth organization Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) recently hosted its 15th annual VOICES benefit gala. This year’s event was held at the Ziegfeld Ballroom in Midtown where ABC News correspondent Deborah Roberts hosted. This year's honorees were...

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Debo Adegbile fighting the good fight

Debo Adegbile fighting the good fight

Attorney Debo Adegbile attributes his success as an anti-discrimination lawyer and a commissioner on the United States Civil Rights Commission to those who fought for civil rights before him, such as late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. Read article from The...

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Khary Lazarre-White At NYSWI 4/11

Khary Lazarre-White At NYSWI 4/11

Khary Lazarre-White, author, activist and attorney, is the executive director and cofounder of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis), a nationally renowned, Harlem-based youth services organization. His first novel, "Passage," is the story of Warrior, a young man...

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Brown Alumni Magazine

Brown Alumni Magazine

Jason Warwin ’95 was working as a cashier in the Ivy Room when he learned about a work-study job on Providence’s south side counseling low-income teens in the John Hope Settlement House. Twenty years later, Warwin and his lifelong friend Khary Lazarre-White ’95 run the Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) in West Harlem

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Her Goal: To put ‘Good Out Into the World

Her Goal: To put ‘Good Out Into the World

When she was a teenager, Rosaura Romero watched her mother juggle classes and a full-time job while r raising her alone. “She could have very easily told me to go find a job,” said Ms. Romero, 21. “She always said, ‘Don’t stress yourself with work. This is your time...

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NYC Teens Run Farmers Market in Hamilton Heights, WNBC

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.

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Capital Press Release

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.

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Making Change by Changing the Story

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.

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Black Girl Movement: National Conference

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.

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Bold in Action: Passing it On

Bold in Action: Passing it On

1995 Echoing Green Global Fellow Jason Warwin, co-founder of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol. Offering a peer group that provides guidance and support to Black and Latino kids without a lot of direction is the primary focus of Jason’s org.

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#TalkAboutTheTalk

#TalkAboutTheTalk

Bro/Sis has partnered with Saatchi & Saatchi NY to launch the “Talk About The Talk” campaign.

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Black teen pregnancy hits historic low

Black teen pregnancy hits historic low

New data shows that, in a number of areas — teen pregnancy, violent crime and increasing gradation rates — black youths have made significant gains. Experts say it’s time that the perception matches the reality.

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Khary Lazarre-White on Chris Hayes

Khary Lazarre-White on Chris Hayes

Executive Director & Co-Founder Khary Lazarre-White featured on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes on Election Night! Commentators discussed governors’ race, democratic wins and landslide victory of Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio.

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