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Sisterhood Agenda Timeline (1994-2014): Celebrating 20 Years of Sisterhood!

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1994
-Founded by Angela D. Coleman, Sisterhood Agenda was incorporated in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.
-The mission of Sisterhood Agenda is to uplift and aid in the self-development of women and girls of African descent, a unique population with special needs.
– Sisterhood Agenda opened its first office on Academy Road in Durham North Carolina.  It was a sub-lease for $395 per month.

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1995
-Sisterhood Agenda launched its first A Journey Toward Womanhood program to prevent teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, juvenile delinquency, and school dropout.  -The organization received its first donation from the parent of a program participant and graduates its first group of 18 A Journey Toward Womanhood program participants.
-Its first grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation was received the same year.
-Sisterhood Agenda standardized the A Journey Toward Womanhood curriculum, creating its first program guide and evaluation instruments.
-Teacher/Mentors were hired and trained.
-Sisterhood Agenda held its first women’s empowerment workshop:  Black Women in a New Age of Consciousness.
-Founding President, Angela D. Coleman, began making presentations throughout the city encouraging community leaders and educators to empower women and girls of African descent.
-Sisterhood Agenda gains local recognition and support from media (see Archives and YouTube Channel).

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1996
-Sisterhood Agenda began monthly meetings of Sisters in Action, the group of A Journey Toward Womanhood graduates who continued to meet, grow and bond in the spirit of sisterhood.
-Sisterhood Agenda received several more grant awards such as those from the Triangle Community Foundation, UPS Foundation, county, state and city funding.

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1997
-Sisterhood Agenda won its first award, the Nonprofit Sector Stewards Award from the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits for honoring exemplary stewardship for the public trust.
-Due to growth and demand for its services, Sisterhood Agenda relocated to a new, larger office on Chapel Hill Blvd. in Durham, North Carolina.  The office was next to the IRS office and it was a private, special space with two rooms for program activities, one room for administration and a large closet.
-Founding President, Angela D. Coleman, began making presentations throughout the state of North Carolina encouraging community leaders and educators to empower women and girls of African descent.

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1998
-Sisterhood Agenda purchased its building, a house zone office/commercial on Chapel Hill Road in Durham, North Carolina.   The organization began and completed renovations to the building that included a large learning center and library.
-Sisterhood Agenda launched its first SisterCamp Summer Enrichment program in the newly established learning center.
-Sisterhood Agenda created Sisterhood Agenda Enterprises, LLC, a for-profit entity designed to generate commercial revenue streams to support the mission of uplifting and aiding in the self-development of women and girls of African descent.  Products for sale included t-shirts, journals, curriculum materials, and books.
-The first time Sisterhood Agenda appeared in ESSENCE magazine was in September 1998 (see Archives).
-Sisterhood Agenda publishes its Sisterhood Journal with Adinkra symbols and affirmations.
-Sisterhood Agenda published its A Journey Toward Womanhood curriculum and student guide for national replication.
-Founding president, Angela D. Coleman, began making presentations throughout the country encouraging community leaders and educators to empower women and girls of African descent.
-Sisterhood Agenda gains national recognition and support from media (see Archives and YouTube Channel).

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1999
-Sisterhood Agenda began its Office on Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (OAPP) project, implementing A Journey Toward Womanhood throughout the tri-country area in Durham, Wake, and Orange counties in North Carolina during the next three years.
-Sisterhood Agenda begins giving $3,000 in college scholarships for selected Young Sister on the Rise applicants.
-Sisterhood Agenda purchased its first 15-passenger van.
-Sisterhood Agenda expands SisterCamp serving twice as many girls and lowering its minimum age of participation to 4 years old to empower younger generations.

Sisterhood Agenda Girls

2000
-Sisterhood Agenda and its technology survived the 2K scare.
-The annual Sisterhood Agenda clothing giveaway began this year.
-Sisterhood Agenda began its Office on Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Project (OJJDP) funded by the state of North Carolina.
-A Journey Toward Womanhood:  Effects of an Afrocentric Approach to Pregnancy Prevention Among African American Adolescent Females was published in the scholarly, peer-reviewed journal, Adolescence, Fall 2000, Vol. 35 No. 139.
-Sisterhood Agenda gave $3,000 in college scholarships for selected Young Sister on the Rise applicants.
-Angela D. Coleman, Sisterhood Agenda’s founding president, is recognized among the
2,000 Outstanding Women of the 20th Century.
-Angela is also the recipient of the Today’s Black Woman Community Award.
-In addition, Angela is awarded the Strike Merchants Association Community Award this year.
-Sisterhood Agenda continues SisterCamp implementation.

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2001
-Sisterhood Agenda’s OAPP project ended.
-Sisterhood Agenda began its Office on Minority Health (OMH) prevention project, forming the Sisterhood Health Coalition.  The project was implemented during the next three years.
-Sisterhood Agenda began national replication of its A Journey Toward Womanhood program and sisterhood expansion.  Programming is now being implemented in over 20 states in the U.S.
-Sisterhood Agenda opened satellite offices in Raleigh, North Carolina and North Brunswick, New Jersey to serve local needs.
-Sisterhood Agenda gave $3,000 in college scholarships for selected Young Sister on the Rise applicants.
-Recognized for the innovative use of technology in programming and increasing public awareness around the issues facing women and girls of African descent, Angela D. Coleman is given the Women Under 30 Technology Award.
-Sisterhood Agenda wins the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina Award for its outstanding pregnancy prevention strategy.
-Sisterhood Agenda continues SisterCamp implementation.

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2002
-Sisterhood Agenda expands the number of girls graduating from A Journey Toward Womanhood.
-The annual Sisterhood Agenda clothing giveaway is held this year.
-Sisterhood Agenda gave $3,000 in college scholarships for selected Young Sister on the Rise applicants.
-Sisterhood Agenda continues SisterCamp implementation.
-The Women’s Forum of North Carolina Young Adult Leadership Award was given to Angela D. Coleman, Sisterhood Agenda’s founding president.
-The same year, Angela D. Coleman was elected to Ashoka as a social entrepreneur fellow and recognized internationally for her sisterhood activities.  Angela became the first African American female Ashoka Fellow.

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2003
-Sisterhood Agenda launched its first SHE:  Sisters Healthy & Empowered program to address health issues among women and girls of African descent.
-Sisterhood Agenda receives funding from the Kate B. Reynolds Foundation for SHE implementation in Durham, North Carolina.
-Sisterhood Agenda gave $3,000 in college scholarships for selected Young Sister on the Rise applicants.
-Sisterhood Agenda continues SisterCamp implementation.
-Angela D. Coleman receives the Business and Professional Women “Opening Doors” Award from the North Carolina Women in Business Association.
-The board of Sisterhood Agenda creates a strategic plan for the next 5 years.

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2004
-Sisterhood Agenda continued local implementation of A Journey Toward Womanhood, Sisters in Action, Young Sisters on the Rise, SisterCamp, and SHE in Durham, North Carolina. -Sisterhood Agenda’s OMH project ended.
-Sisterhood Agenda gave $3,000 in college scholarships for selected Young Sister on the Rise applicants.
-Sisterhood Agenda Founding President Angela D. Coleman was awarded The
Jefferson Award for Public Service from the American Institute of Public Service.
-Angela was also awarded the Phoenix Rising Award during this year.
-Sisterhood Agenda gains international recognition and support from media (see Archives and YouTube Channel).

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2005
-Sisterhood Agenda relocated its headquarters to Newark, New Jersey to being its international media campaign and global expansion through global partnerships instead of satellite offices.
-Sisterhood Agenda formed its Executive Advisory Board comprised of influential members of the community.
-Sisterhood Agenda gave $3,000 in college scholarships for selected Young Sister on the Rise applicants.

-The National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment (NABFEME) awarded founding president Angela D. Coleman their Certificate of Achievement.
-Sisterhood Agenda’s constituency grew from 15 global partners to over 1,000 global partners.

2006-2008
-Sisterhood Agenda launched Sisterhood Agenda Magazine with India.Arie on the cover of the first issue.
-Sisterhood Agenda continues sharing its curricula and activity guide publications, doing training, and visiting global partners.
-Sisterhood Agenda increased its online presence with a new website, Facebook and Twitter pages.
-Sisterhood Agenda published Beautiful. with photographer Jamaica Gilmer to increase self-esteem and let Black girls know that they are beautiful.
-Working with interns from Rutgers University and a graphic designer from New York City, Sisterhood Agenda launched 4 more issues of Sisterhood Agenda Magazine.
-www.sisterhoodagenda.com wins Best Site for Sistahs, Black Web Award in 2008.
-The sisterhood continues to expand; there are now over 3,200 Sisterhood Agenda global partners in 30 countries.

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2009
-Sisterhood Agenda relocates its headquarters to St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, also known as Love City.
-The board of Sisterhood Agenda creates a strategic plan for the next 5 years.

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2010
-Sisterhood Agenda held the first Female Empowerment Conference for Girls in the St. Thomas/St. John school district and received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Virgin Islands Department of Education.
-The first annual Sisterhood Brotherhood New Year’s Eve Youth Extravaganza was held in Cruz Bay, St. John.
-The first Sisterhood Brotherhood Career Development & Life Skills Program was implemented in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
-Sisterhood Agenda celebrated its first SHE Sisters Healthy & Empowered event to celebrate National Women’s Health Week (NWHW).
-Sisterhood Agenda launched its first webinar series as part of its Global Training Academy.  Webinar presentations, such as How to Raise Healthy Black Girls, are available for download HERE.

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Virgin Islands Superintendent Dr. Jeanette Smith Barry presents Angela D. Coleman with a Certificate of Appreciation from the Virgin Islands Department of Education

2011
-Sisterhood Agenda published its last issue of Sisterhood Agenda Magazine, transitioning to its sisterhood blog.
-Sisterhood Agenda began its local Sisterhood Mentoring Program for girls in St. John.  A Journey Toward Womanhood was locally adapted for this purpose.
-The Sisterhood Brotherhood Career Development & Life Skills Program continued in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
-The 2nd annual Sisterhood Brotherhood New Year’s Eve Youth Extravaganza was held in Cruz Bay, St. John.
-Sisterhood Agenda celebrated National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) with SHE Sisters Healthy & Empowered activities during the week.
-Sisterhood Agenda implements Girl Band in St. John with the St. John School of the Arts

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2012
-The www.sisterhoodagenda.com blog was born, taking the organization from static to dynamic online content using the WordPress theme Vigilance.
-Sisterhood Agenda changed its Global Training Academy name to Global Empowerment Academy.
-The Sisterhood Brotherhood Career Development & Life Skills Program continued in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
-The 3rd annual Sisterhood Brotherhood New Year’s Eve Youth Extravaganza was held in Cruz Bay, St. John.
-Sisterhood Mentoring Program participants continue to meet.
-Sisterhood Agenda celebrated National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) with SHE Sisters Healthy & Empowered activities during the week.
-Sisterhood Agenda published its first Black Girl Guide book for girls.
-The sisterhood grows with over 3,400 global partners in 32 countries.

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2013
-Sisterhood Mentoring Program participants continue to meet.
-The Sisterhood Brotherhood Career Development & Life Skills Program continued in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.
-The 4th annual Sisterhood Brotherhood New Year’s Eve Youth Extravaganza was held in Cruz Bay, St. John.
-Sisterhood Agenda celebrated National Women’s Health Week (NWHW) with SHE Sisters Healthy & Empowered activities during the week.
-Sisterhood Agenda awarded 3 Global Partner Awards to global partner leaders uplifting and aiding in the self-development of women and girls.
-With funding from the Virgin Islands Department of Health, Sisterhood Agenda launched the State Prevention Framework substance abuse prevention project in St. John.
-Angela D. Coleman founded the St. Youth Coalition to effectively serve the needs of youth on the island.  The first project of the coalition is substance abuse prevention.
-Sisterhood Agenda published three (3) Black Girl Guide books for girls, SHE Sisters Healthy & Empowered Activity Guide, 345 Activities of SisterCamp, and reprinted Beautiful.
-The sisterhood grows to over 3,500 global partners in 34 countries.

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2014
-Sisterhood Agenda changed its Global Empowerment Academy identification to Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA) and looks for a facility location in St. John.

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SEE HOW WE CONTINUE TO PUT SISTERHOOD ON THE AGENDA IN 2014 & BEYOND!

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Black Cultural Heritage Tourism

Angela D. Coleman is on the list of “Who’s Who” in Black Cultural Heritage Tourism for the African Diaspora World Tourism Awards to be held in Atlanta, Georgia (USA) this April 25th- 27th. “Who’s Who” honorees are also candidates who are eligible to receive further awards.

The awards ceremony is a formal gala on that Saturday, but this will be a three-day event with a Travel Expo during the three days and an Africana Extravaganza on that Friday evening which will consist of cultural performances. There will be a kick-off dinner on that Thursday evening, April 25th.

For more information, visit:  ADWT-Awards.com.

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Who’s Who in the Virgin Islands

   

Sisterhood Agenda President Angela D. Coleman

 

   

VI Governor John deJongh & Angela D. Coleman
 

Angela D. Coleman & Second Lady Cheryl Francis               
 

VI Superintendent Jeanette Smith Barry gives Angela D. Coleman a Certificate of Appreciation at the 1st Girl's Empowerment Conference

Angela D. Coleman and News Anchor Sandra Goomansingh

Angela D. Coleman & reggae artist, Tarrus Riley
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Angela D. Coleman & reggae artist, Mada Nile

SHE Conference Background

SHE Global Conference 2012

According to the Office on Women’s Health, females of African descent have the most, and many times the largest, differences in health risks when compared to other ethnic groups.  For example, African Americans have more disease, disability, and early death.

African American women are disproportionately affected by health issues such as overweight/obesity, hypertension, diabetes, lupus, HIV/AIDS, various forms of cancer, stroke, heart disease, uterine fibroids, infant death, violence, lack of health care.  Many of these problems are chronic.

Sisterhood Agenda partners have been asking to come together for learning and support. Health concerns constitute a national health crisis, demonstrated by First Lady Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign.

Sisterhood Agenda has identified several strategic partners for the SHE Global Conference 2012.

SHE Conference Goals

The goals of the SHE 2012 conference are:

1) to connect individuals and agencies nationally to a cohesive sisterhood network,
2) engage parents, social providers, partners and girls in a variety of unique experiences,
3) promote positive health and healing,
4) provide tools to increase local effectiveness efforts,
5) provide examples of evidence-based interventions, best practices, and innovation,
6) embrace diversity, and
7) increase capacity-building.

Sisterhood Agenda’s SHE 2012 conference will engage parents, service providers, partners and girls in a variety of unique experiences.  The conference agenda includes registration, awards to honor outstanding model programs and leaders in the field, exciting presenters to share and distribute tools to participants, special appearances, and services for girls.

Activities that promote nutrition, health, wellness and fitness include: martial arts, dance healing arts, body image & self care, meal preparation, spiritual practices that promote self-affirmation, self-exploration, self-knowledge and opportunities for sharing in small, safe groups.