The Brotherhood/Sister Sol Newsletter

November 2012
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Bro/Sis After School Program Kicks Off!
Bro/Sis Holds Successful Open House  BHSS Open House

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (Bro/Sis) kicked off another exciting school year with its Open House held on Monday, October 8, 2012 at the Brownstone. The event was very successful as 25 new young people came out to learn more about the many programs Bro/Sis has to offer. Participants also recorded music, worked on the "Graffiti Wall" and played games.  Check out pics from the day by Clicking Here.

Bro/Sis Responds To Hurricane Sandy
Sister Sol Gives Hurricane Sandy Relief

Members from across all Bro/Sis programs and activities, including Sis Day current and alumni members, staff and board, and families came together on Monday, November 12, 2012 during Bro/Sis annual Sisters Day from 11a.m. to 4p.m. to help those directly affected by Hurricane Sandy.


Bro/Sis collected supplies over the weekend and all morning the day of the effort. Participants made care packages that were picked up by Charlotte Gossett (Bro/Sis volunteer and social work student), a small team of social work students and colleague organization CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities who made deliveries to people in need that live in Far Rockaway, Coney Island, the Gowanus, and Staten Island.


The Bro/Sis family is happy to do our part to help our neighbors in need during this devastating time.   

Spread The Word
Frankie Lopez

Bro/Sis Continues Its Campaign Around Reforming Stop and Frisk

In the past few weeks, several Bro/Sis members have continued the dialog around the NYPD's Stop and Frisk policy participating in discussions with government officials and speaking with the media. On September 5, 2012, Executive Director, Khary Lazarre-White, along with four other members of the Board of Advisors of the Young Men's Initiative, met with New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to discuss police interactions with young men of color in New York City. On October 3, 2012, Bro/Sis alumni, Nicholas Peart testified at a Legislative Hearing at City Hall regarding the proposed City Council Community Safety Act, which would reform oversight of policing in New York City. On Oct. 16, 2012, Bro/Sis alumni, Frank Lopez (pictured here) appeared on Huff Post Live, for its story on "Policing the Police." Check out his appearance by Clicking Here



Bro/Sis Educates Group From Ireland on the Bro/Sis Model

On October 2, 2012, Khary Lazarre-White, Cidra Sebastien and Bro/Sis alumni Frank Lopez, Emmanuel Candelario and Nicholas Peart facilitated training for twenty representatives from Mediation Northern Ireland. Meditation Northern Ireland works with individuals, communities and organizations in the public, private and third sector to support them in dealing with difference and finding non-violent resolutions to disputes. In attendance, were representatives from assorted Irish communities and institutions such as art-based workers, faith based representatives, police officers, the "traveling community," and the LGBTQ community.



Bro/Sis Silvia Canales Moderates Financial Aid Panel

On October 8, 2012, Bro/Sis College Advisor, Silvia Canales served as a moderator on Dancewave's Financial Aid Panel during their 3rd Annual "Dancing Through College and Beyond," college fair. Along with panelists from Bank Street College for Education, New World School for the Arts and Marymount Manhattan College, Canales addressed questions about financial aid options and planning for college. Dancewave is a youth organization that transforms the lives of New York City youth through exposure to world-class, pre-professional performing arts training. Their college fair connects young people to colleges that offer dance programs and opportunities.


Bro/Sis To Host Its 7th Annual Women's Tea  7th Women's Holiday Tea   
Our 7th annual Women's Holiday Tea will be held Saturday, 

December 1, 2012 at the Columbia University Faculty House. This holiday event brings together our female supporters, friends, and family to enjoy tea, a light lunch, and a tea themed silent auction as we celebrate the accomplishments of Bro/Sis. All proceeds benefit our life changing youth development programs, which provide essential resources and services to our young people. The event highlights the work of Sister Sol and features Sister Sol alumni members who share their experiences in our programs. For more information and to purchase tickets Click Here.


Call To Action!!!
Bro/Sis Needs Your Help Today! 

Help us to earn a place on Great Non Profits 2012 Top Rated List! From now until November 15th, go to Great Nonprofits (Click Here) and write a review. We only need 10 four or five star reviews to qualify! This final list of Great Nonprofits will be distributed to media outlets like the Huffington Post, TakePart and Parade Magazine, as well as 2,000 corporate foundations.

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