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My Sister’s Keeper

High school and college women are growing into powerful advocates and leaders through My Sister’s Keeper and our new program, SIS Circles

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I am my sister’s keeper.

The program provides young women resources and tools to:

  • Elevate the conversation about sexual health and domestic violence
  • Advocate for policies that keep women safe
  • Mobilize women around reproductive rights

Our Approach

We empower girls of color to be tomorrow’s resilient, health-conscious, professional leaders through our high school and college programs.

My Sister’s Keeper (MSK) is our advocacy and leadership-building initiative for women on Historically Black College and University (HBCU) campuses.

There’s strength in the united voices of women across the HBCU campus network. MSK encourages every woman on campus to get involved, get informed and use her voice as her sister’s keeper and strongest advocate.

Through MSK, collegiate women will support each other in making healthy choices, protect one another from intimate partner violence and serve as advocacy leaders on campus and in the community.

The goals of SIS Circles are two-fold:

  • to provide a comprehensive social, emotional and health-focused curriculum that empowers teen girls from underserved communities in Atlanta to achieve their educational and professional goals; and
  • to facilitate mentorship via an intergenerational leadership model that provides support and real-life models of professional success in a broad array of careers and skilled trades.

SIS Circles complements BWHI’s existing community offerings and will uniquely expand the reach of BWHI’s My Sister’s Keeper program, that has been focused on young women on college campuses to teen girls.

SIS Circles Partner Schools
Banneker High School: named for an African- American scientist, surveyor, almanac author, and farmer,  Banneker High School has the latest educational technology with computer labs, as well as computers in individual classrooms.
Target: 20 10th graders; 20 11th graders

South Atlanta High School: Established in 1994 after the merger of Walter F. George High School and Fulton High School. It was also the only high school in Atlanta Public Schools to have an airplane hangar.
Target: 20 10th graders; 20 11th graders

Young Black woman at the capital

MSK CHALLENGE: REPRODUCTIVE JUSTICE THROUGH OUR LENS

On April 10th, BWHI hosted a panel discussion and video screening on the issues around reproductive justice and their impact on Black women. Our panel of reproductive justice advocates, award-winning filmmaker and director Jami Ramberan, and young visual storytellers shared insights into creating awareness through their work around reproductive justice.

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CHANGEMAKEHERS: MY SISTER’S KEEPER NATIONAL POLICY SUMMIT

BWHI hosted our first MSK National Policy Summit October 23-25, 2017, during which we brought 42 students and their faculty advisors from around the country to Washington, DC. The students were given the chance to participate in a policy conference and visit Capitol Hill where they discussed the importance of reproductive health services, including contraceptives, with their state representatives.

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