Testimonials are from members, prominent supporters, prominent educators and parents. We have collected written and spoken statement extolling the virtue of their experience at Bro/Sis.
Shanoa V., Siempre
"Sister Sol is my much needed haven. Sister Sol is the one place where I feel free to express myself, where I gain in self-worth and where I can constructively reflect on what actions I need to take in order to achieve my dreams and become the woman I was meant to be. Whenever I doubt my abilities as a human being and as a young woman, I think to myself, ‘What would my sisters say or do?’, and I become empowered and confident enough to proceed with the task at hand."
Knowledge of Self Chapter
"Of the many things I have gained through The Brotherhood, the most important has been knowledge-the knowledge to understand that to succeed in life you must fight past the obstacles that may try to hold you back. If it were not for this program I might have fallen into traps and made mistakes I would have regretted for the rest of my life."
"[The Brotherhood/Sister Sol] is using their passion to uplift and inspire a next generation through extraordinary work that creates leaders and a sanctuary for children…. [where their members] can develop a higher vision of themselves."
Artist & Humanitarian
"I’ve stood on platforms around the world…many occasions that would be…auspicious, important. I have been anointed, I have been blessed and I have been admired, and I am now at my eighty-third year in life. I can honestly say with total recall, that no other event has ever meant this much to me as this evening, this very moment, in my public life."
Susan L. Taylor
Founder & CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement, Editor in Chief Emeritus, Essence Magazine
"I believe so deeply in the life-saving work that The Brotherhood/Sister Sol is dedicated to: values and skills building that empower young people and keep them on course; helping young people to see and develop the extraordinary within themselves; ensuring their safe passage to adulthood. It is surely one of the most incredible organizations in the nation. Their work is catalytic! Their leadership, their services and outcomes are without peer. Simply put, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol does the work that few others will or even know how to do…. They have answered the call to repair the village, to secure the children. It’s our responsibility to ensure they have all they need to do God’s work."
"What brought me to Brotherhood/Sister Sol is that this organization is attempting to find relevant solutions to the desperate situations facing our young people in the community. The services they provide are invaluable. They are a significant island in a vast sea."
Kirsten E. Gillibrand
“Thank you for your leadership in providing services that empower and inspire our youth. . . . Your organization is a great example of how our community organizations can change lives for the better. I enjoyed learning about the Environmental Program. . . I am grateful for your contributions to our communities”
Former Deputy Chancellor, NYC Department of Education
“In the middle of one of the poorest and most drug-infested neighborhoods in New York City, youth that join The Brotherhood/Sister Sol family learn about respect, responsibility, choices, and the importance of community involvement. They build positive peer relationships, gain self-confidence, and develop leadership skills. Through its curriculum, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol encourages members to think about and focus on making decisions that have positive consequences.”
Co-Founder, Northeast Foundation for Children, Responsive Classroom Approach
"The Brotherhood/Sister Sol’s curriculum is a gift that is urgently needed by today’s educators. The authors draw on so many sources that inform and enliven lesson plans: history, music, literature, poetry, the neighborhood, but mostly they show how to include and energize the voices of those they teach. It is that, plus the wonderful nitty-gritty of specific activities, strategies and resources, with the over-arching clarity of purpose and objective, that makes it accessible and transferable to a wide range of classrooms and schools. It is not a quick fix, not a simple recipe, but it is a workable investment that will empower teachers to teach and students to learn, all students."
Reverend Alfonso Wyatt
Vice President, Fund for the City of New York
"The Brotherhood/Sister Sol’s official curriculum has the ‘flava,’ power and demonstrated ‘street cred’ to transform young people through a thorough exploration of community, culture, history — and self. This ‘youth-centric’ work should be used by public schools, private schools, youth development agencies, civic groups, cultural institutions, faith based organizations and families. Society cannot afford to allow healthy social, spiritual, and intellectual development for children of color to become an offensive and destructive oxymoron."
Professor Lani Guinier
Harvard Law School
"What The Brotherhood/Sister Sol is doing is not just rescuing black kids who live in Harlem. It’s helping to rescue the soul of the United States, because we have failed to come to terms with the legacy of slavery and its aftermath. They are rescuing the future from the past. They are investing in our collective future."
Professor Charles Ogletree
Harvard Law School on being honored by BHSS
"We can’t lose one child, not one. And looking at the success of what you’ve done with this organization is amazing. I thank The Brotherhood/Sister Sol for having commitments to both the hood and the soul."
Pedro Noguera Ph.D.
Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education, New York University
"For educators and others who are interested in finding ways to engage young people in writing, reflecting and critically analyzing literature, media and their lived experiences, this book will be an invaluable resource. Why Did This Happen is a practical, insightful and accessible guide that will prove particularly relevant to those who work with students in urban schools and communities."
A. Lin Goodwin Ed.D.
Professor of Education & Associate Dean for Teacher Education, Columbia University
"Young people want what we all want—respect and love, the opportunity to be heard, engagement in meaningful work, safety, and community. Through compelling anecdotes and students’ voices, numerous examples and exemplars, and clear, straightforward guidelines, Why Did This Happen offers a rich collection of activities, strategies, and lessons. Any educator invested in creating welcoming and supportive learning environments that honor the lived experiences of young people of color, and provide a space for them to share their stories, build connections, and reveal their gifts, will find not only an instructional roadmap, but a moral compass for working with Black and Latino/a students as if they matter."
Sabrina King Ed.D.
Former Chief Academic Officer, New York City Department of Education
"A stellar resource for educators and community-based organizations looking for strategies, models, and specific examples to positively engage African-American and Latino youth in order to ensure academic and life success. Why Did This Happen is . . . a must read for all who are involved in adolescent development, the work to close the achievement gap, and the work to improve the quality and depth of teaching and learning for all young people."
"One thing that made me feel especially good about [The Brotherhood/Sister Sol] was the positive, uplifting conversations they had with the children, about themselves, who they are, and how they can make an impact on the world. It was good to know that the same values I am trying to instill in my daughter were reinforced in [the programs]."
"I am very proud of the fact that my sons have the opportunity to belong to such a wonderful organization. Thank you for all you are doing with this group of youngsters, giving them great examples to follow and encouraging them to study and advance. My sons are getting good grades in school and I know that The Brotherhood/Sister Sol has been of great help."