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ERIC Number: EJ1068630
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Rites of Passage: Preparing Youth for Social Change
Wilcox, Susan; Lazarre-White, Khary; Warwin, Jason
Afterschool Matters, n3 p52-60 Spr 2004
The Brotherhood/Sister Sol helps young people develop into critical thinkers who are committed to themselves and to community change. In single-gender chapters throughout New York City, primarily in Washington Heights and Harlem, teenagers learn to embrace and embody the ideals of brotherhood and sisterhood and to appreciate their connections to each other, connections that supersede friendship, rivaling the ties of blood. A culture of connection is promoted in different ways. For example, The Brotherhood/Sister Sol is led by the Directors' Circle (DC), a leadership team that provides organizational vision and echoes the underlying core ideals of the organization: community, collaboration, equity. It brings together diverse ideas and talents, allows directors to have shared responsibility, and provides time for them to work directly with youth. Monday through Friday, at around 3:15 pm, the Harlem brownstone that serves as headquarters begins to stir with the energy of young people. With the ideals of brotherhood and sisterhood as a foundation, members are empowered to make constructive choices about their lives, choices that consider the people around them. Some may choose to dedicate themselves to community service or organizing, others may become less activists than people with clear career goals or good parents who understand their role in sustaining strong communities. This article highlights the components that make The Brotherhood/Sister Sol successful including five programs that encompass a holistic and comprehensive approach to youth development: (1) The Brotherhood/Sister Sol Development Program (BSDP); (2) The After School Program for students ages 7-21; (3) The Liberation Program; (4) The Summer Leadership Program; and (5) The Community Outreach Program. The remainder of the article focuses on the Brotherhood/Sister Sol Development Program which establishes single-gender chapters at public secondary schools, working with youth over the course of their high school careers. The Oath of Dedication (a personal testimony of the beliefs, goals, and lifetime commitments each member will strive to live by) and Rites of Passage experience are also described.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York
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