Volunteer

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol is more than a community center for young people; we are a family of educators, counselors, advocates, friends, and mentors who provide a safe space full of resources and love for our members through holistic programming and activities.

As a volunteer, you add to the network of support we provide for our members. Whether you are a mentor–directly working with our members as they grow and learn, a member of The Friends of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol–planning fundraising events, or an extra pair of hands–assisting with special projects or a guest speaker, we welcome your contribution to our family.

Youth Related

Mentor
On Monday evenings from 6-7:30pm, adult volunteers pair up with our 8-12 year olds for an evening of fun! Activities include games, recreational and enrichment projects. Mentoring Night is not tutoring or homework help; it is an opportunity to support the growth and development of our children. Mentor-mentee partners create bi-annual projects to present to families and staff. There are also bi-annual Saturday trips.

For our teens, ages 13-18, or recent alumni, ages 18-21, adult meetings with members are more flexible. They may meet monthly, seasonally or commit to allowing a member to shadow or intern. Mentors may provide insight on a specific career or provide guidance as members make the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

These statements become core values each member strives to achieve, and they help members recognize the power of their Chapter to provide unconditional love, guidance and support for them. Members have 24/7 access to their Chapter Leaders, which is essential to building long-term, meaningful bonds.

Guest Speaker
Guest speakers share their expertise on a range of topics, exposing members to career and college possibilities as well as teaching about an important issue.

Organizational Support

Special Projects
We have people who dedicate a day, or several days, to work in the community garden adjacent to our brownstone (planting, landscaping), provide staffing support at special events (registering guests, clean-up) and provide administrative assistance.

Interested in volunteering with Bro/Sis?
Register online to become a volunteer for The Brotherhood/Sister Sol

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of Bro/Sis 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.”

Susan L. Taylor

Founder & CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement, Editor in Chief, Essence Magazine

“[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.”

Oprah Winfrey

Founder of the OWN

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.

HuffingtPost’s Op Ed, We Will Win, by Khary Lazarre-White

Intersectionality speaks to a world-view and perspective – a way to analyze overlapping forms of identity and varied experiences and also systems of oppression, a lens with which to view struggle and freedom that is inclusive…

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.

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 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

Last week 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.

City Limits: Growing Grown-Ups In Harlem

Welcome to Annual Planting No. 4 at the garden of Brotherhood/SisterSol, a West Harlem nonprofit that guides kids through the gauntlet of urban adolescence.

The Long Drive From Harlem

Last weekend, 15 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.

Herizons: Is Feminism Men’s Work, Too?

Herizons interviews Khary Lazarre-White about The Brotherhood/Sister Sol’s commitment to deconstructing sexism and misogyny, promoting sexual education and responsibility and reducing gender bias as part of its youth development model.

Why the Wealthy Must Worry About Harlem

Harvard Law Professor Lani Guinier addresses guests at The Brotherhood/Sister Sol’s benefit, saying that Bro/Sis is “investing in our collective future.”

Equal Opportunity for All Children

Co-Founder and Executive Director Khary Lazarre-White talks about Bros/Sis youth development model, which fosters social change by raising expectations and providing support to young people.

Oprah Winfrey Show

Oprah celebrates Bro/Sis Co-Founders Khary Lazarre-White and Jason Warwin and their new twist on mentoring.

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