Forward Promise Innovation Grantee

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol:

Educational and Emotional Support for Young Men of Color

Positivity. Community. Knowledge. Future.

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol (BHSS) gives youth in Harlem ages 8-22 the support, guidance and love they need to succeed in school and in life. A key to their success is the fact that they help young people who have experienced violence or abuse find healthy ways of dealing with the effects of that trauma. The in-school “Rites of Passage” program helps young people develop their emotional intelligence, critical thinking skills, and other tools for learning. The after-school program provides academic support and enrichment activities.

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Organizing for Fair Policing NY

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol has been playing a central role in helping to reform the New York City Police Department’s “Stop and Frisk” policy. This article highlights the approaches that The Brotherhood/Sister Sol members and staff have used to put the voices of young people who have had the experience of being stopped and frisked unjustly- 5 times, 10 times, and even up to 40 times.

In the news

The Last Word

August 13, 2013 – ED Khary Lazarre-White and BHSS alumnus Nicholas Peart appear on MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell to discuss the Federal court finding that the NYPD's Stop and Frisk Program is unconstitutional.

A Father's Kiss

July 9, 2013 – Khary Lazarre-White's Huffington Post blog post focuses on what images we feature when we talk about black men and boys in the media.

The Path Out Of Poverty For New York City's At-Risk Youth Is Simple (But Complicated)

June 27, 2013 – Forbes features Khary Lazarre-White in an article about the violence in Harlem and the difficult work in helping young men of color.


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Frank Lopez, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol Alumni and Award-Winning Filmmaker & Poet

Eleven years ago, Frank Lopez stepped through the doors of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol. “Never had I heard of an organization whose focus was to nurture young people in mind, body and spirit, making it a point to empower us with knowledge of ancestry and self,” says Frank, a member of the literary arts program “The Lyrical Circle.” Over the course of his experience at The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, Frank became a mentor for the after-school program and traveled with the group’s International Study Program to South Africa and Brazil. Reflecting on his days at The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, Frank says “It was here that I unearthed so much of what it means to be a man, a brother and leader, digging deep within myself and taking time to grow in honor of my gentle spirit and love for humanity... I felt connected to a community united by a love of where we all come from and where we’re heading. I felt proud to be me.”

Read Frank's story

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