25 Years of Bro/Sis
Celebrating 25 Years of Youth Development, Mentorship, and Organizing for Social Justice
In 1995, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol was founded by two college graduates as a continuation of the work they started as seniors at Brown University, working with young men of color at a nearby community center.
In the years since, Bro/Sis has grown into one of the leading youth development and social justice organizations in the nation. We have served thousands of young people, developing a generation of leaders committed to social justice and confronting racism, sexism, homophobia, patriarchy, and poverty.
Together, we’ve guided young people to become empowered as social change agents, and to organize to expand a vision of equity, racial and economic justice – and opportunity and access for all. We’ve trained nearly 3,000 educators, improving the way that they serve hundreds of thousands of young people all around the country. And soon, next year, we will open our new 20,000 square foot Bro/Sis home, which will be a beacon for our community and allow us to double our impact.
To celebrate a quarter century of positivity, community, knowledge, and future, we are engaging in a year-long celebration that will include a social media campaign, a video series highlighting stories of Bro/Sis members past and present, and much more.
Alumni, staff, and friends of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol reflect on 25 years of Bro/Sis. Are you interested in submitting a blog post? Email Kathy at email@example.com!
SO I LISTEN by Abraham Velazquez, Jr., Bro/Sis Alumni Member & Liberation Program Facilitator remember my first time being at The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) and participating in their writing program, The Lyrical Circle. It was held in...
Love is the word that immediately comes to mind when I think of the years I’ve spent growing with the Brotherhood/Sister Sol. It is an ever-present love felt through the mentorship and support of its staff. It is a transformative love experienced through the...
Through the guidance and mentorship of my two chapter leaders, Jason and Khary, I had the privilege to attend Wesleyan University for my undergraduate education. I know for sure without their help I would never have this opportunity. On the day I was packing for...
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...
I would not be the writer and woman I am today had I not had the Brotherhood/Sister Sol in my life during my formative years. The foundations of my ability to self-interrogate and reclaim and own my Blackness, my agency as woman, my self-regard as a creative person,...
Donate in Honor of #BroSis25
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) is proud to announce that on October 12th, 2018 we broke ground on our new home. This 20,000 square foot capital project provides critical support to one of the leading citywide youth development organizations in New York City. This development allows for the creation of the necessary physical site for an organization that is being modeled across the country.
Completion is scheduled for the fall of 2020.
We have secured $17,000,000 in funding for this two-year $18,000,000 development and construction effort.
We need your help today to reach our goal of $18,000,000
The architectural firm of Urban Architectural Initiatives, designed the building and Gilbane Building Company, one of the largest privately held and family-owned construction companies in the field, is managing the project. Our government relations firm, one that has been critical to the success of this project, is Kasirer Consulting. The Board of Directors of Bro/Sis is deeply committed to this expansion and their advice and leadership has been critical to the success of the effort.