As we write this letter, The Brotherhood Sister Sol is enjoying its first summer in our new home. Over 300 youth members are participating in summer programming that includes community organizing training, writing workshops, college prep, health and wellness, community gardening, summer camps, and more. They are enjoying breakfast and lunch prepared by our Executive Chef and her team in our new cafeteria. Many are working on projects focused on art (“Curating our Stories”) and activism (“Change the World.”) The halls of our beautiful new space are filled with the sounds of youth laughing and learning.
We also renovated our previous interim offices, which now house our expanded College, Career, and Wellness and Environmental Program teams. Combined with the Frank White Community Garden and the Johnny Hartman Plaza, BroSis now conducts youth programming from four interconnected spaces within one block of each other.
Thank you for your support – for donating generously, for spreading the word about BroSis, and for your belief in our vision, without which this would not be possible.
Over the past year BroSis has expanded in preparation for this moment. We’ve hired over fifteen new staff, focusing on expanding opportunities for young people to improve their mental health and nutrition, discover meaningful and rewarding employment, practice creative expression, and hone their collective voices to create change.
These long-planned expansions and the move to our new headquarters are especially timely given the emerging challenges faced by our youth members. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, young people are facing a “devastating” mental health crisis.
One federal survey showed that nearly 3/4 of public schools reported an increase in students seeking mental health services since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve also seen a significant increase in mental health crises among our members. In the past two years, BroSis has supported members and provided intensive interventions in response to clinical depression, suicidal ideation, and assorted mental health crises.
The Brotherhood Sister Sol is on the frontlines of this youth mental health crisis, and we need your support to continue this work.
In the early days of the pandemic, we asked our youth members and families what they needed. Their primary responses – food, technology, and money – led to an effort that resulted in over one million meals provided, hundreds of laptops distributed, and over one hundred and fifty thousand dollars of financial assistance. As we responded then, we are committed to responding now to meet the moment and support our members. Please join us.
Please stand with us, and our young people, by donating today.