Education is one of Sister to Sister International’s key areas of focus. We have sponsored student and parent workshops with our trusted partner Dr. Angela Campbell and Academic Pathways, over the past fifteen (15) years. During this time we have also collaborated with various other partners around educational initiatives.
Many of our education forums have been coordinated by college interns and STSI youth members. They have featured college students and career fairs, as well as information sharing for parents on how to be an effective champion for your child academically. The diverse topics discussed have included the “n”word and occasional role plays to maximize effectiveness, along with the art of applying for college scholarships and more.
Sister to Sister International has been on the cutting-edge of STEM education for girls of color, in Westchester County. STSI Founder & CEO, Cheryl Brannan used her educational background to introduce the concept and design the inaugural program. Our multi-faceted STEM Camp aims to assist in remedying the significant lack of representation of women of color in Science Technology Engineering & Math, and medicine fields, in the U.S.
In 2011, STSI through it’s UN NGO affiliations, facilitated a STEM Camp here in Westchester for a group of 8 Nigerian Lagos State Government students, and 2 teachers. The camp received critical acclaim and received great support, from Nigerian born board member and treasurer, Subomi Macaulay.
- – Sponsored Westchester’s first free summer Science Technology Engineering & Math – STEM Camp (2010 – 2014) for over 50 girls of color, in association with Precious Partners, State Farm and Academic Pathways.
- – Donated “Reach for the Stars Scholarships” to over 25 students, some who have already graduated from law school, or are in medical school and others who have received their masters degrees. During STSI’s 2014 STEM Camp Graduation we awarded our first group of “Reach for the Stars” scholarships to five 5 college bound STEM Sistah’s.
- – Facilitated 5 parent and student Education Forums with Academic Pathways.
- – STSI uses a cross-sectoral approach in its programming for our youth, including service learning, exposure to global issues and the development of healthy lifestyles. Our STEM Sistahs also receive advance science and math course introductions, along with mentoring public speaking and etiquette instruction.