Our programming aims to provide our  S.O.U.L. Sisters with a powerful community of mentors, activists, educators, and healers that support young women, femmes, and gender non-conforming/gender non-binary youth of color blossoming into leaders with political and self awareness, creative problem solving skills, and strong ethics. We are sensitive to the needs of youth in the foster care, juvenile legal, special education, shelter, and mental health systems.

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Sisterhood Academy (SA)

Bi-weekly programming for systems-involved middle and high school girls and femmes, Sisterhood Academy runs in partnership with schools, community organizations, and government agencies. SA follows our model of trauma-informed leadership development based in restorative practices and social justice education & action. SA participants identify issues impacting their communities and develop leadership skills through the enactment of arts-based action projects. Recent SA organizing projects include: school-wide campaigns around ending the school-to-prison pipeline, and the creation of a vision quilt addressing gun violence.


youth leaders board members selling the products they madeYouth Social Entrepreneurship (YSE) 

Youth Social Entrepreneurship creates a platform for sustainable income while young women develop professionalism and entrepreneurship skills. YSE cohorts learn about social issues, identify a message, and design products that raise awareness. Formerly incarcerated women and/or people of color entrepreneurs provide mentorship and production support. YSE can be offered as a unit of Sisterhood Academy. Previous youth-designed products include: handbags, greeting cards, and clothing.

SOUL Sisters members talkingYouth Leaders Board (YLB)

Our founding program was created to invite constituent leadership at the organization’s inception.YLB members collaborate to design campaigns, attend bi-monthly meetings, organize with local coalitions, and co-facilitate workshops. YLBs have been particularly active in the Black Girls Matter movement. Recent organizing work includes: co-organizing a Black Girls Matter Town Hall, attending the March for Black Women in Florida and Washington D.C., and supporting the Black Women’s Blueprint “Black Women Immigrant Rise” rally in NYC.

SOUL Program

Launching in fall of 2018, SOUL will partner with a Miami public high school to identify rising 9th grade girls at risk of court involvement and high school dropout. Includes summer retreats and bi-weekly programming throughout high school including leadership development, social justice education, college and career readiness and healing opportunities. After 2 years, a second cohort joins, with the first becoming peer mentors. Participants execute stipended social impact projects.


Circles Not Cells

Circles Not Cells offers restorative justice practices and processes as a service to NYC nonprofits and government agencies serving justice-involved girls and non-binary youth with the goals of preventing recidivism, teaching youth alternative approaches to addressing conflict, and transforming organizational culture.

More Information Coming Summer/Fall 2019!

Contact Melissa Centeno and Ashley Ellis for more information


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