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Sisterhood Agenda started when 23-year-old Angela Coleman founded the organization in the year 1994.
Angela used her student research, including her thesis conducted during her studies at Princeton University.
Little did she know that 25 years later she’d have touched countless lives of women and girls.
The first project of the organization was A Journey Toward Womanhood guiding a girl’s journey to womanhood.
Sisterhood Agenda’s programs promote sisterhood, women’s support, and empowerment while specifically promoting positive self-concept, self-definition, holistic health, life skills, mental well-being and more.
From 1995 to 2005 Sisterhood Agenda focused on workshops about sisterhood, identity, self-esteem, empowerment, nonprofit strategies, and youth programs.
They also continued researching the needs and program impacts on girls ages 12-17 identified as at-risk for teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease, and school dropout.
After demonstrated success, they then began to share their strategies with other agencies with the same goals.
Here are some of the workshops and presentations they did:
• Prevention Strategy for African American Girls in School
• An Afro-centric Approach to Pregnancy Prevention Among African American Girls
• A Primer for Nonprofits: Surviving the First Two Years
• Building Healthy Communities
• Girlhood to Womanhood for Ebony/Colgate-Palmolive Mothers & Daughters Day: Celebrating Your Beauty From Within
Subsequently, Angela Coleman won the following awards:
• 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 won Best Site for Sistahs and the NC Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Award. They began Sisters: Healthy & Empowered (SHE) Weight Control, Health & Wellness initiative and published an activity guide for this program.
The organization began 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
In 2006, the organization increased the number of global partners as it continues its global expansion which started in the prior year.
Meanwhile, in 2008 -2009 founding president, Angela D. Coleman presented information about social entrepreneurship, reclaiming girls, and historic social movements at the following schools and universities:
• Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business
• Concerned Black Men’s National Mentoring Conference
• Odyssey Networking Conference
• Sarah Lawrence College
The organization set up its international headquarters on the island of St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands for its growing number of global partners.
They started collaborating with over 40 agencies in the U.S. Virgin Islands expanding its partnership base in the Caribbean.
In 2010-2018, Sisterhood Agenda’s events were held including several community meetings, workshops, and webinars such as:
• For Colored Girls…And Real Women
• Sisters in Business
• Raising Healthy Black Girls
In the same year, the organization began its Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant (SPF SIG) initiative with the Virgin Islands Department of Health.
Sisterhood Agenda was voted Best Nonprofit on St. John, Virgin Islands in 2016 and Best Nonprofit for Youth on St John, Virgin Islands in 2017.
SHE: Sisters, Healthy & Empowered and Women’s Health Week activities took place on St. John for teenage girls and adult women.
That same year, Sisterhood Agenda’s SEA: Sisterhood Empowerment Academy was recognized with the international Energy Globe Award for its sustainable building and eco-friendly design.
Sisterhood Agenda increased the number of partners around the world as it continues its global expansion, expanding into Baltimore County, Australia, and Bali.
In the same year, the organization took part in the Global Women’s Empowerment Expo at Harvard University.
Sisterhood Agenda Founder & President, Angela D. Coleman published Life After ACES: Overcoming Girlhood Trauma.
It’s been 25 years and the work and dedication of Sisterhood Agenda have been unstoppable.