Gaia Environmental Program
Grand Opening of Green Youth Market
Bro/Sis' Gaia Members at the Green Youth Market Opening
Gaia members of the Environmental Program at The Brotherhood/ Sister Sol hosted its official opening of the Hamilton Heights Green Youth Market on July 17th. New York City Council Members Robert Jackson and Gale Brewer attended the event and convened with Bro/Sis' summer day camp members, staff and community residents. The market will be open every Wednesday from 11a.m. to 4:30p.m. at the Johnny Hartman Plaza on West 143rd Street and Hamilton Place until November.
Click Here to view "Harlem World Magazine" article.
International Study Program (ISP) Returns
On July 27th, members of ISP returned from their month long program to the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Fourteen youth spent a month experiencing each country, meeting with government entities, visiting communities and immersing themselves in the culture of their international neighbors. While there they kept a journal of their extraordinary experiences.
Click Here to read their reflections.
Bro/Sis Youth Employment Opportunity Program
(YEO) Raising Future Leaders
YEO participants with Oscar de la Renta (center) at his office
YEO participants spent the summer developing skills needed to succeed in the workplace. Participants visited various businesses, such as the Amsterdam News, the New York Post, the Office of the Manhattan District Attorney, NYU Stern School of Business, the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment, fashion mogul Oscar de la Renta, and the United Nations; while exploring a variety of career options in the non-profit, government and corporate arena. A highlight this summer for our participants is that they took a journalistic approach to learning about different career options and wrote blogs on their various experiences. Also included in their site visits, were opportunities to attend a press conference at City Hall regarding the Community Safety Act and viewing the film "Fruitvale Station". You can read their blogs next week on our website.
A Summer Filled with Adventure and Exploration:
Bro/Sis Summer Day Camp and Bro/Sis Summer Teen Camp
Summer Day Camp at The Dinosaur Place
Summer Day Camp
This summer, 30 young people (ages 8-12) in our Summer Day Camp spent five adventurous weeks immersed in educational and fun activities. These children received 2 healthy meals a day and were supervised by 3 senior staff and 3 junior counselors; ensuring all members received personal attention. As part of their summer excursions, members enjoyed field trips to Riverbank State Park and Harlem YMCA, The Museum of Modern Art and The MET, The Dinosaur Place, Atlantis Marine World, Splash Down Beach and Lake Welch. They spent their last week in Summer Day Camp with a sleep away experience trip to Camp Ramapo.
Teen Camp members stand in front of a historic mural in Brooklyn
Bro/Sis Summer Teen Camp
Fifteen young people, ages 12 to 14, participated in a summer of expeditionary academic, social, and recreational programming. Participants in our Teen Camp went on field trips to The Brooklyn Museum, Malcolm X and Betty Shabazz Cultural Center, and The African Burial Ground in lower Manhattan. They also embarked on a culinary adventure and explored healthy food options thru the Iron Chef Challenge Culinary Art Sampler, where they learned about cuisines from around the world. Our teens also participated in the Commemoration for Nelson Mandela at the State Building in Harlem, Hip Hop Workshop @ Sol Studio, and Emergency Preparedness & Community Service to learn about Operation Recovery from Hurricane Sandy.
Summer Liberation Program Begins
Last week, our Summer Liberation Program kicked off for the second half of the summer. 20 participants will explore what it means to be agents of social change, to develop the skills needed to become community organizers, and learn the role of youth in movements for social change. They will join our organizing efforts around educational access and equity that address pressing social issues today.
to learn more about our Liberation Program.
Bro/Sis In The News
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol and Executive Director, Khary Lazarre-White have been in the news throughout the summer-appearing multiple times on MSNBC, CNN, NY 1, and in assorted print publications. This media has focused on Bro/Sis' work to decrease violence, our creation of the first run Youth Farmers Market, our efforts to recruit mentors, and our organizing efforts around reforming the NYPD's practice of Stop and Frisk.
Khary and Bro/Sis alumnae, Marsha Jean-Charles and Zora Howard will appear on WABC's Here and Now on Sunday, August 18th at 12pm
Click Here: to view media coverage on The Brotherhood/SisterSol and op-ed pieces by Khary in recent weeks.