Our Story

2021 Managers Retreat
OG Organizers in NYC

 S.O.U.L. (Sisters Organizing for Understanding & Leadership) Sisters Leadership Collective is comprised of youth workers, educators, healers, artists, and organizers who create leadership opportunities for Black and Brown girls and femmes impacted by the justice system. We disrupt cycles of violence by empowering youth who have experienced multitudes of criminalization using our four pillars: collective leadership, radical artistic expression, healing, and restorative justice. Since our founding in August of 2014 in Miami and NYC, we continue to build a world in which young women, femmes, and TGNC youth reclaim lives of authenticity, joy, and freedom.

SSLC grew out of a 2013 two-week leadership seminar based on Sadie Nash Leadership Project Sisterhood Model and was co-created by Executive Director, Wakumi Douglas and court-involved girls ages 14-17. Positive results, including increased school attendance, zero recidivism and improved self-concept, led to our further development of the two-week project into the organization that exists today! S.O.U.L Sisters Leadership Collective was incorporated in August 2014 in New York City and Miami.