Summer Loving from Sistas on the Rise !!!!

 Greetings fellow bloggers and fans there of:

After a brief hiatus, SOTR is back in action! We would like to thank all  of the wonderful organizations, foundations and kindred spirits that  have supported through out the long winter…

With summer approaching we are happy to announce that we will be  accepting applications for our 2011 Young Mother  Leadership  Development Program until the end of August.

With much urgency we ask all of our supporters to consider making a  donation that will sponsor a young mother’s participation on the  leadership program. Your donation will cover the costs such as transportation, supplies,childcare,space and snacks. Donations can be made HERE

Please check our website for upcoming events,opportunities and updates. Enjoy your summer from Sistas on the Rise !!!!!

Free Breakfast and lunch for NYC teens and children!

Did you know that during the summer kids 18 years old and younger can receive a delicious, balanced meal twice a day for free?

From June 29th through August 27th, the City will be offering free meals to children 18 years of age or younger at hundreds of schools, pools, parks, New York City Housing Authority complexes, and other locations around the City.

No registration, documentation, or ID is required.  Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m., and lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Monday through Friday.

To find a site near you, call 311.  Or click here for a complete list of sites across the five boroughs.

Crystal’s Thoughts on Obama’s Pregnancy Assistance Fund

Pregnancy assistance fund tied to ‘common ground’ abortion plan

Posted: July 2nd, 2010 05:55 PM ET

(CNN) – The Health and Human Services Department announced Friday that it is making $25 million available to states to support pregnant women and teen parents, in an initiative that the White House is framing as a way to find common ground on abortion.

The new federal Pregnancy Assistance Fund will award grants to states aimed at providing pregnant women and teen parents support for completing high school or college degrees and for getting health care, child care and housing, HHS said in a news release Friday.

The grants can also be used to combat violence against pregnant women,the release said.

Read the full article here

Crystals Opinion

Ok so I read this beliefs blog about how Obama wants to have a fund for teens, I am all for that cause! And this may be a good thing but at the same time those against abortion want to ban sex education classes. I feel like if we educate teens about sex and what can be the outcome of having sex we can prevent some abortions. Teens need to know that there are options and how they can best protect themselves against pregnancy and contracting STD’s.  At the end of the day, teens are going to do whatever they want but at least they’ll have the information they need and they can’t say I never knew or no one ever taught me. I feel strongly about this grant and hope that maybe it can help many teens and prevent situations where they feel like they have no options or support.  It’s our bodies and we can choose whether or not we want kids. But in order to make that choice we need nondiscriminatory access to schools and basic resources. I hope this fund begins to bridge the gap between the myths and realities of the challenges we face as teen moms.

Crystal :}

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Arts and Activism


At SOTR we believe in the importance of self-expression. We have developed a new holistic program that enables women to establish a positive outlet for themselves and their children.

Our “Arts and Activism” program takes place Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the summer of 2010 from 2-5:30 pm. This program enables young women engage with their peers on a regular basis, as well create tangible pieces of art for themselves.

There is no required sign-up for this program, it is merely open to all women and children in the community who wish to participate. Women are encouraged to engage and create new ideas for the program and brainstorm ways to integrate self expression into their everyday lives.

The program concentrates on many aspects ranging from creative expression, education, and health & wellness

Program art activities include: Acting, dance, singing and songwriting, drawing, painting, poster making, jewelry making.

Program health and wellness activities: Exercising, reproductive health, nutrition, relaxation & meditation, early intervention, yoga and free HIV testing.

Program education activities: Resume creation, tutoring, college prep, school, work job placement, educational counseling, and college tours.

Check out our new survey!

Are you a teen mothers living in NYC? Fill out our new survey here:

Young Mothers Resource Night

Thursday, June 10th from 4-8pm

Join Sistas on the Rise for our 4th annual Young Mothers Resource Night!

Meet with organizations from throughout NYC providing resources, internships, jobs and direct services. Keep checking in to find out what organizations will be attending as June 10th closes in.

Confirmed tablers:

1) National Advocates for Pregnant Women

2) Picture the Homeless

3) New York Civil Liberties Union – Reproductive Rights Project

4) Resilience Advocacy Project

5) Inwood House

6) The Doula Project

7) Montefiore Adolescent AIDS Program

8 ) For the Birds Collective

9) Girls Educating and Monitoring Services (GEMS)

10) Advocates for Children

Other updates…

SOTR at CLPP & Thrive

SOTR at Visions in Feminism in DC Saturday!

Hello DC,

We will be giving a workshop at Visions in Feminism this year!

The conference will take place at American University on Saturday March 27th. We will be leading a kick ass workshop in the ward building Room 204 from 2:15-3:45pm. Come, bring a friend and lend your support!

We will also be tabling all day so come say hello is you c

ant attend the workshop. Come say hello!

Later Days!


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Check out the terrible and incredibly offensive ad campaign in Atlanta.

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Sistas on the Rise Wants YOU!!!


We are stating our next cycle of LDP next week and we still have two open slots! And one of them has your name on it!

We are looking for young mothers and women of color under the age of 21 that are currently enrolled in high school or College.

The leadership Development Program is an after-school internship for women in the Bronx (9 weeks long:  meeting Monday – Thursday, 4:30-7PM). Participants will receive free childcare during the hours of program, and bi- weekly stipends. Those that complete the program will receive an educational award or a permanent position within the SOTR Leadership Circle.

The internship concentrate on self healing, empowerment and community activism.

We will be interviewing women throughout this week so give us a call, email us or stop by our office!


835 Dawson St, Bronx NY 10474

We look forward to meeting you!

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