Our programming aims to provide our  S.O.U.L. Sisters with a powerful community of mentors, organizers, activists, educators, and healers that support young women, femmes, and 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 madeFashion for Social Change (FSC)

Fashion for Social Change facilitates the development of entrepreneurship skills in girls & non-binary youth of color to create socially conscious products. Fashion for Social Change cohorts learn about social issues, identify a positive social message, and design products that raise awareness. Formerly incarcerated women and/or people of color entrepreneurs provide mentorship and production support.  FSC can be offered as a unit of Sisterhood Academy or Youth Leaders Board and is also implemented during our Black Girls Design CampShop Fashion for Social Change today! Review this pitch deck to learn more. Inspired? Donate today!

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.



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 for more information.


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