Sister to Sister: One in the Spirit, is dedicated to the empowerment of girls and women in the Harlem community. Since its inception in 2001, Sister to Sister has been encouraging them to nurture their body, mind and spirit through inspirational conferences and programs.
Sister to Sister, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is assisted by a growing number of committed, powerful women, who unselfishly share their wisdom, intelligence, and expertise in the areas of spirituality, beauty, health, education, career, and financial literacy.
Some of the extraordinary and influential women who have been a part of Sister to Sister includes: Michelle Paterson, the former First Lady of New York State; Hazel N. Dukes, President of the New York State Conference of NAACP Branches; The Honorable C. Virginia Fields, former Manhattan Borough President; Lori Stokes, Anchorwoman, WABC-TV; Brenda Blackmon, former Anchorwoman, MY9 News; Cheryl Wills,Anchorwoman, NY1 News; Grace F. Edwards, award winning author of the Mali Mystery Series; The Honorable Tanya Kennedy, Civil Court Judge; Gwendolyn Sykes, formerly the first African American woman and CFO of NASA; Dr. Shelia Evans Tranum, Associate Commissioner, NYS Education Department; Terrie Williams, author and Founder of the Stay Strong Foundation; Jane Tillman Irving, WABC Radio; Susan L.Taylor, Editor-In-Chief Emeritas of Essence Magazine, and Judge Karen Mills Francis, author and television personality of the syndicated television series “Supreme Court Justice with Judge Karen.”
The Bowery Mission’s women’s division, as well as Green Hope Services for Women, located on Harlem’s East Side, are just two of the various support groups for women, included in our programming.
We have been supported by an impressive number of corporate sponsors, including Antonovich Furs, The American Cancer Society, City National Bank of New Jersey, Columbia University, Entergy, Essence, Harlem Curves, Healthfirst, Harlem Hospital Center, Lifetime Television for Women, L’Oreal/Soft Sheen-Carson, Oxygen Media, State Farm, WE TV, and the Witness Project of Harlem based in Mt. Sinai Hospital.
Urban Sisters (US) launched in October 2009, is a program designated to providing underprivileged children of the community with an opportunity to attend Camp Olmsted on Cornwall-On-Hudson, New York, operated by the Five Points Mission, a Methodist organization. The girls, aged from 6 to 14, will receive a full scholarship for a two week summer experience that will include transportation, lodging, meals and all activities. These activities will help the girls in creating purposeful relationships, building character and self-esteem to enhance their personal growth and development. Children must be respectful of authority for acceptance into the program. Other eligibility requirements include good grades, and a written letter of recommendation from a community leader such as a teacher, pastor or other responsible representatives.
Our commitment to inspire, motivate and empower young girls to achieve their ultimate potential in the United States, has now spanned across the world where we “educate to empower” young girls at the Bushikori Christian Centre in Mbale, Uganda, on the Continent of East Africa.