Liberating Voices/Liberating Minds Institute
LVLM is the publications and professional development project of The Brotherhood Sister Sol, and is designed for school and community based educators: teachers, youth workers, organizers, program directors, principals. Over 2000 people (ages 15-60+) working in over 250 different spaces have experienced LVLM. Participants give high ratings for its quality, accessibility and influence.
The institute includes workshops and trainings for educators to:
- Deepen their understanding of the important social issues facing Black and Latino/a youth
- Learn pedagogical strategies for supporting the academic and social development of these youth
- Expand his/her own knowledge of Pan African and Latino history and culture. Our workshop series is an interactive training that provides a virtual BroSis experience.
Workshop participants collaborate with other educators to learn our strategies for teaching our 10 Curriculum Focus Issues, implementing single-sex and rites of passage programming, and developing curriculum. We are committed to working with public institutions because they provide essential educational and leadership development opportunities for low-income and working-class students of color.
We use our publications in trainings to take youth workers and teachers through our youth development workshops, impacts, and challenges. Trainings are coordinated for organizations and schools in New York City and in other US cities, particularly those having large Black and/or Latinx populations. Each participant receives a copy of our curriculum, ongoing support during the year of training and the opportunity to build and sustain a network of youth workers.
We are currently developing a Liberating Voices/Liberating Minds International Institute for teachers in Africa and Latin America, specifically in the countries in which we conduct our International Study Program for our teen members. This Institute will center on strategies for utilizing a holistic, progressive pedagogy while focusing on Pan African history, gender issues and rites of passage activities.
Liberating Voices/Liberating Minds Publications
Publications include anthologies of our members’ writings, curricula and other materials developed and published by BroSis. The publications are intended for distribution to community and school based educators, the general public and friends of the organization. Current and upcoming Liberating Voices/Liberating Minds publications are:
- Brother, Sister, Leaders: The Official Curriculum of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
- Voices of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
- Off The Subject: The Words of Lyrical Circle of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol
- Why Did This Happen? Content, Perspective, Dialogue, A Workshop Model For Developing Young People’s Reflective Writing
- The Brotherhood Speaks
of BroSis alumni have graduated from high school or earned a GED
“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.”
“[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.”