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...

#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...

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.

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...


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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

What is Worth Fighting For, an Op Ed from Cidra Sebastien

When black and brown girls are videotaped beating each other down, the blame game quickly starts. It happened when video of a fight at a Brooklyn McDonald’s went viral. Everyone joins in to accuse and shame: What’s wrong with these girls?

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.


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

Bro/Sis 8th Annual Womens Tea with Chirlane Mccray

The Sister Sol branch of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol celebrated 15 years of service on December 7, 2013. Columbia University’s Faculty House provided a quaint setting for the event’s nearly 140 participants.

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.

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.

Manhood and Violence

Stopping the scourge of violence inflicted on black men -Opinion Piece by Khary Lazarre-White

NY Stop-and-Frisk Victims Win Right to Sue Police

After months of heated debate, in a late night session on June 26, New York City Council passed two bills with veto-proof majorities that will increase oversight of the NYPD and strengthen racial profiling.

Amar’e Stoudemire visits Bro/ Sis

New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire visited The Brotherhood/Sister Sol yesterday and gifted Nike shoes, Scholastic books, and Steiner Sports gifts and toys to our members through his Amar’e Stoudemire Foundation.

Harlem youth learn life lessons through summer internships

Several elected officials, including Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., City Council Speaker Christine M. Quinn and Council Members Robert Jackson and Inez Dickens, announced a new pilot program to give summer internships to youth in Central Harlem.

Work with youth feeds Khary’s ‘Sol’

Khary Lazarre-White provides a shining example of what a community nonprofit youth organization can become. Celebrating its 15th year, Bro/Sis currently serves as a beacon for youth in Harlem ranging in ages from 6 to 22.

Black Gives Back

Young leaders gather to benefit The Brotherhood/Sister Sol: Reverend Al Sharpton and philanthropist Carla Harris host a cocktail reception to benefit the visionary non profit organization.

The Long Drive From Harlem

Fifteen young men came here to walk the bright green lawns, to sit in the plush lecture-hall chairs, and to peek inside the academic buildings made of gray stone, red brick, and green glass. They came to ask questions and take notes.