The Brotherhood/Sister Sol Newsletter

January 2013
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New Video on Bro/Sis Male Rites of Passage Program

Bro/Sis Featured In National Game Changers Film

Bro/Sis alumni member and filmmaker, Frank Lopez was named this year as one of the national Game Changers Film Fellows.  He recently completed a 7-minute film on Bro/Sis and our Brotherhood Rites of Passage Program.  His film is viewable on


"The little red brownstone in West Harlem, a predominately black and brown neighborhood, stands as a beacon of hope for so many in our community.  Not just for the young people who play and learn and laugh and love within these walls but for their family members who trust their children to the amazing staff of counselors, mentors, older brothers and sisters."  -  Frank Lopez



Please consider making a gift today to support our much needed Rites of Passage Program.

Bro/Sis hosts Sister Sol Homecoming

A Day Of Sisterhood 

Sister Sol alumni came together on Saturday, January 12, 2013 to enjoy a day filled with an array of activities. Alumni rocked it "Ol'Skool" and reminisced about their first year in Sister Sol. They shared ideas on how the current Sister Sol members can be supported at their upcoming spring retreat. Alumni participated in activities that reflected their current experience as alumni with a focus on career development, being a mother, health and wellness. The evening ended with the group breaking bread at Dallas BBQ's. 


MLK Weekend Of Learning and Fun

ASTEP Tours NBC Studios

On Friday, Jan 18, 2013, members of the After School Teen Enrichment Program (ASTEP) toured NBC Studios. A producer from the Jimmy Fallon show met the group and spoke with them about what it is like to be a television show producer. The group then visited the sets of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live (SNL), and NBC News.  The tour was led by an NBC representative who spoke with members about careers at NBC and in television production.  The most unexpected parts of the day were when the group caught a glimpse of Seth Myers, the head writer and host of SNL's Weekend Update, and rode the elevator with Dr. Oz.  



Bro/Sis Has A Dream 

On Friday, January 18, 2013, young people in our After School Program (ASP) read the famous Dr. Martin Luther King speech, "I Have A Dream." After a discussion about the message of the speech, the group reflected on and wrote down their own dreams and aspirations. Here is a snippet of what they wrote.


My dream is to travel to other countries.  - Luis, 10 years old


I have a dream that the earth will be a little better ...I also want to go to college.  - Shemeara, 10 years old



Brotherhood Celebrated Martin Luther King Day 

The Brotherhood came together on Monday, January 21, 2013 in honor of Martin Luther King Day. They participated in a workshop about the life of Dr. King and listened to excerpts of his speech "Beyond Vietnam - A Time to Break Silence." They also watched the Presidential Inauguration and reflected on how the work of Dr. King and other civil rights activists laid the foundation to Barack Obama becoming the first African American president of the United States of America.


The day ended with the group having a meal together to commemorate the holiday.


Spread The Word

Bro/Sis Chosen as Expanded School Initiative (ESI) Provider

Bro/Sis has been chosen as one of four providers to be a part of Expanded School Initiative (ESI) to provide training to school educators on how our model can improve college and career readiness among Black and Latino students. ESI is a joint effort between the Department of Education (DOE) and Fund for Public Schools, and is a program of The Young Men's Initiative.  


Bro/Sis will hold several trainings targeting key school personnel from schools throughout New York City from January 2013 to July 2013.  


Cidra M. Sebastien Runs for Bro/Sis

Cidra M. Sebastien, Associate Director will be lacing up her running shoes on Sunday, March 17, 2013 and taking on the New York City half marathon to support Bro/Sis International Study Program (ISP).


Through ISP, members of Bro/Sis spend six months learning about the history, culture and politics of an African or Latin American country before going overseas for a four-week, firsthand immersion experience. They complete individual and group projects connected to the country's culture, economics, government and people. This year, Bro/Sis will be visiting Haiti and Dominican Republic.



Stay tuned for more details about "Cidra Runs for Bro/Sis."

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