Bro/Sis October Update
Bro/Sis After School Elementary Program
What's Happening at Bro/Sis

Programming began this month at Bro/Sis and our members are already busy engaging in a multitude of activities. Young people in our College Advisory Program are in our SAT prep class; our After School Elementary Program (ASPE) is participating in activities focused on the culinary arts, eco-explorers, drumming and photography; members of our After School Teen Enrichment Program (ASTEP) are expressing their creative side in our Hip Hop Dance, Writers' Collective, Comic Life and Re-Mix Media classes; the Environmental Program is participating in workshops on horticultural sciences and sustainable design; and our Liberation Program has embarked on a #freebreesha campaign; learn more Here. In addition, Bro/Sis started four new Rites Of Passage chapters at A. Phillip Randolph and Thurgood Marshal Academy high schools.  Our Hamilton Heights Green Youth Market is in its final weeks; learn more Here. Don't forget to come down on Wednesdays through November 23rd, to Johnny Hartman Plaza located on Hamilton Place between 143rd & 144th to purchase your farm fresh fall produce. 

Bro/Sis Spreading The Word.  Doing The Work.

Khary Lazarre-White  
Executive Director &  Co-Founder

In November, at their 2016 Annual Awards Luncheon in Chicago, the National Guild for Community Arts Education will present awards to two exemplary members in the field of education. One of them is our very own, Khary Lazarre-White, Bro/Sis' Executive Director & Co-Founder, who will be  awarded the National Guild Leadership Award.  


Cidra M. Sebastien
Associate Executive Director
Associate Executive Director  Cidra M. Sebastien was invited by  Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York  City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to be a member of the  Youth Workforce Task Force.  The Task Force is composed of 20 members, including representatives from the de Blasio administration, members of the New York City Council and external members representing the fields of education, youth development, workforce development, philanthropy, and academia. The goal is to make recommendations to the City on improvements to its youth employment initiatives.   

Nicholas Peart
Bro/Sis Alumni & Elementary After School Facilitator  

On September 28th, Bro/Sis staff member and alumnus Nicholas Peart appeared on MSNBC's NewsNation hosted by Tamron Hall.  He responded to Donald Trump's comments that "stop and frisk" should be a national policy and explained how New York City's use of the practice has been found to violate the United States Constitution.  Click Here  to watch the interview.
AM New York interviewed Nicholas in an article published on September 28th where he also discussed Donald Trump's support of the controversial law enforcement practice. 
Click Here to read the article. 
Nicholas was a named witness in New York City's "stop and frisk" case, Floyd vs. the City of New York In 2011 he wrote the influential op-ed piece, "Why Is The N.Y.P.D. After Me," which was published in The New York Times.  Click Here to read op-ed. 
Bro/Sis Alumni Spotlight

Elizabeth Acevedo
Poet, Writer and Bro/Sis Alumna

Yes Yes Books released Bro/Sis alumna and award winning poet, Elizabeth Acevedo's book, "Beastgirl and Other Origin Myths" on October 15th.  Elizabeth is a National Poetry Slam Champion, a Cave Canem Fellow, and a CantoMundo Fellow. "Beastgirl and Other Origin Myths" was a finalist for the YesYes Books Vinyl 45 Contest.  Her full-length collection,  "Medusa Reads La Negra's Palm"  was the winner of the 2016 Berkshire Prize and will be published by Tupelo Press

Elizabeth was also profiled in the September Un-ruly cover story.