Sisterhood Agenda

Historical Accomplishments

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1994
Angela D. Coleman founded Sisterhood Agenda at age 23 using research conducted during her studies at Princeton University, including her student thesis.

1995
Sisterhood Agenda is incorporated in North Carolina as a nonprofit organization with Angela D. Coleman as its president.

Angela begins extensive community collaboration, fundraising, and implementation of A Journey Toward Womanhood, a comprehensive prevention program for teenage girls. Sisterhood Agenda has a waiting list for its program.

As Sisterhood Agenda is awarded local grant funding to serve more girls, Sisterhood Agenda hires staff and standardizes its curriculum and training materials for scaling and expansion throughout Durham County in North Carolina.

1995-1998
Sisterhood Agenda holds workshops and presents information about sisterhood, identity, self-esteem, empowerment, nonprofit strategies, and youth programs.

Sisterhood Agenda is featured in several local newspapers and magazines in North Carolina. The agency begins to attract national attention and receives requests to duplicate its strategies in other U.S. cities.

Sisterhood Agenda Enterprises, LLC is formed to assist Sisterhood Agenda with its diversified fundraising strategies and social enterprise solutions.

1999
Encouraged by evaluation data collected during its first few years, Sisterhood Agenda begins its first A Journey Toward Womanhood Demonstration Project targeting girls ages 12-17 identified as at-risk for teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, and school dropout.

2000
Sisterhood Agenda founding president, Angela D. Coleman, and Sisterhood Agenda research partners analyze and summarize the results of the A Journey Toward Womanhood longitudinal evaluation project.

The longitudinal findings are published in the peer-reviewed journal, Adolescence, article titled, A Journey Toward Womanhood As An Afrocentric Approach to Pregnancy Prevention Among African American Girls.

Sisterhood Agenda begins to share its strategies with other agencies working with women and girls. Some of the workshops and presentations include:

A Journey Toward Womanhood As a Prevention Strategy for African American Girls in School
A Journey Toward Womanhood As An Afrocentric Approach to Pregnancy Prevention Among African American Girls.
• A Primer for Nonprofits: Surviving the First Two Years
A Journey Toward Womanhood and Building Healthy Communities
• Girlhood to Womanhood for Ebony/Colgate-Palmolive Mothers & Daughters Day: Celebrating Your Beauty From Within

Sisterhood Agenda conducts more local and national presentations about sisterhood, identity, self-esteem, empowerment, nonprofit strategies, and youth programs.

Sisterhood Agenda and its founder, Angela D. Coleman, win the following awards recognizing outstanding community services for women and girls:

• North Carolina Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Sector Stewards Award
• 2000 Outstanding Women of the 20th Century
• Today’s Black Woman Community Award
• Strike Merchants Association Community Award

Sisterhood Agenda continues its A Journey Toward Womanhood Demonstration Project.

Sisterhood Agenda introduces SisterCamp, a summer enrichment program for girls.

2001
Sisterhood Agenda continues its A Journey Toward Womanhood Demonstration Project.

Sisterhood Agenda begins its second A Journey Toward Womanhood Demonstration Project targeting girls ages 12-17 identified as at-risk for negative health outcomes.

As youth programs expand nationally and continue to grow, Sisterhood Agenda and Angela D. Coleman, founding president, win the following awards:

• Women Under 30 Technology Award
• Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina Award

2002
Sisterhood Agenda continues its A Journey Toward Womanhood Demonstration Project.

For her work with Sisterhood Agenda, founding president, Angela D. Coleman, is awarded The Women’s Forum of North Carolina Young Adult Leadership Award.

2003
Sisterhood Agenda continues its A Journey Toward Womanhood Demonstration Project.

Founding president, Angela D. Coleman, is awarded the Business and Professional Women “Opening Doors” Award.

Recognized as a social entrepreneur with the capacity to scale, Angela becomes an Ashoka Fellow.

2004
Sisterhood Agenda begins its Sisters: Healthy & Empowered (SHE) Weight Control, Health & Wellness initiative and publishes an activity guide for programs.

Sisterhood Agenda ends its A Journey Toward Womanhood Demonstration Projects targeting girls ages 12-17 identified as at-risk for teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, and school dropout.

Founding president, Angela D. Coleman, wins the following awards for her work with Sisterhood Agenda:

• Jefferson Award from the American Institute of Public Service
• Phoenix Rising Award

2005
Sisterhood Agenda begins its global expansion and relocates its primary office to New Jersey.

Sisterhood Agenda begins more consulting and training to assist new global partner agencies in their work with women and girls. Presentation topics include:

• Results-Driven Proposal Writing
• Social Justice Entrepreneurship
• Faith and Hope in Giving and Receiving

Sisterhood Agenda Enterprises, LLC begins to publish its A Journey Toward Womanhood and SisterCamp curriculum and activity guides.

Sisterhood Agenda promotes its educational materials to scale Sisterhood Agenda evidence-based programs and provide guidelines for global partners.

2006
Sisterhood Agenda focuses on its newly expanded role, strategy and resource development.

Sisterhood Agenda increases the number of global partners as it continues its global expansion.

2007
Sisterhood Agenda launches the first issue of Sisterhood Agenda Magazine and publishes the book, Beautiful.

Sisterhood Agenda increases the number of global partners as it continues its global expansion.

2008
Sisterhood Agenda continues its global expansion, meeting select global partner leaders, when applicable.

Sisterhood Agenda creates its Global Sisterhood Directory, an online resource comprised of Sisterhood Agenda global partners with links to information about their services for women and girls.

Founding president, Angela D. Coleman, presents information about social entrepreneurship and scaling, promising mentoring programs, reclaiming girls, and historic social movements:

• Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business
• Concerned Black Men’s National Mentoring Conference
• Odyssey Networking Conference
• Sarah Lawrence College

Founding president, Angela D. Coleman, and Sisterhood Agenda win the following awards for outstanding services to women and girls:

• Best Site for Sistahs, Black Web Awards
• National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment (NABFEME)

2009
Sisterhood Agenda sets up its international center of operations on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands as a centralized location for its growing number of global partners.

Sisterhood Agenda collaborates, contract, and coordinates with over 40 agencies in the U.S. Virgin Islands, expanding its partnership base in the Caribbean.

Sisterhood Agenda increases the number of partners around the world as it continues its global expansion.

2010
Sisterhood Agenda and founding president, Angela D. Coleman, conduct the first Girls Empowerment Conference in the Virgin Islands on the island of St. Thomas. Angela received a Certification of Appreciation, from the Virgin Islands Board of Education.

Sisterhood Agenda holds several community meetings, workshops and webinars, including the following:

• For Colored Girls…And Real Women
• Sisters in Business
• Raising Healthy Black Girls

Sisterhood Agenda publishes its last issue of Sisterhood Agenda Magazine.

Sisterhood Agenda increases the number of partners around the world as it continues its global expansion with a focus on Africa and the Caribbean.

2011-2012
Sisterhood Agenda contracts with various agencies within the Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands to provide needed services for its residents: Education, Labor, Sports, Parks & Recreation.

Sisterhood Agenda increases the number of partners around the world as it continues its global expansion.

2013
Sisterhood Agenda begins publishing its Girls Guide book series, starting with the NAACP Image Award-nominated book, Black Girls Guide: How to Be Like Michelle Obama.

Two additional Girls Guide books are published.

Sisterhood Agenda selects and distributes five (5) Sisterhood Agenda Global Partner Awards for Excellence honoring global partners and their important work on behalf of women and girls.

Sisterhood Agenda increases the number of partners around the world as it continues its global expansion.

Sisterhood Agenda begins its Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) initiative with the Virgin Islands Department of Health, a SAMHSA strategy to help communities build a foundation for delivering and sustaining effective drug-prevention services.

Founding president, Angela D. Coleman founds the St. John Youth Coalition and developed localized resources on St. John for educating and training community group .in evidence-based strategies.

2014
Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) activities continue on St. John with Sisterhood Agenda staff training completed in Washington, DC, St. Croix, St. Thomas, and St. John.

Sisterhood Agenda publishes three Girls Guide books and Increase Your Chances, The Love Guide to Finding Your Match.

St. John Youth Coalition activities continue on St. John, led by Angela D. Coleman.

Sisterhood Agenda held Women’s Health Week events on St. John at the National Park.

Sisterhood Agenda begins searching for health and healing space for women and girls on St. John.

Sisterhood Agenda secures a land parcel and begins construction for its eco-headquarters, the SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy in Cruz Bay on St. John.

Sisterhood Agenda increases the number of partners around the world as it continues its global expansion.

2015
Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) activities continue on St. John.

St. John Youth Coalition activities continue on St. John, led by Angela D. Coleman.

Sisterhood Agenda held Women’s Health Week events on St. John in Franklin Powell Park.

Sisterhood Agenda is voted Best of the Virgin Islands, Best Nonprofit on St. John.

Sisterhood Agenda is awarded the Community of Hope Award.

Sisterhood Agenda publishes five Girls Guide books and St. John Beach Etiquette.

SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy construction continues.

Sisterhood Agenda increases the number of partners around the world as it continues its global expansion.

2016

SHE: Sisters, Healthy & Empowered activities are held on St. John for teenage girls.

Sisterhood Agenda publishes an updated version of A Journey Toward Womanhood and 345 Activities of SisterCamp.

Sisterhood Agenda publishes two Girls Guide books.

Sisterhood Agenda is voted Best of the Virgin Islands, Best Nonprofit for Youth on St. John.

St. John Eco Suites starts accepting guests for its eco suite rentals, a social enterprise solution.

Sisterhood Agenda increases the number of partners around the world as it continues its global expansion.

Sisterhood Agenda adds counseling to its list of services and adds more empowerment products in its shop.

SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy construction is almost completed.

2017
Sisterhood Agenda increases the number of partners around the world as it continues its global expansion.

Sisterhood Agenda launches the SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy on St. John with the Celebration of the SEA event thanking donors, contractors, and supporters.

Sisterhood Agenda is awarded the National Energy Globe Award for its newly constructed SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy as an eco-friendly sustainability building model in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy eco-headquarters is severely damaged by Hurricane Irma.

Sisterhood Agenda fundraises for Hurricane Irma relief and recovery efforts, which begin immediately after the hurricane.

Hurricane repairs begin on the SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy building on St. John.

Sisterhood Agenda sets up a new administrative office in Maryland.

Sisterhood Agenda’s logo is updated.

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