Updated August 19, 2014
Today at Liberty Hill, we're having one of our staff "brown bag" briefings at lunchtime so that we can learn more about “Sisterhood Rising," a leadership retreat for high school students held earlier this summer. Liberty Hill played a coordination role and our grantee Khmer Girls in Action was part of the planning team, so we wanted to share this blog post by Joy Yanga, a KGA youth leader, that gives a sense of the experience.
The Sisterhood Rising Leadership Retreat was a five-day pilot program sponsored by The California Endowment (TCE) which brought together 45 young women from across 12 Building Healthy Communities sites from California The pilot initiative aimed at investing in young women’s leadership and strengthening their ability to advocate for gender, health and racial justice. Currently, young women and girls make up a majority of youth leaders in the Building Healthy Communities sites and they are actively advocating on a range of issues, including those forwarded by TCE's Sons and Brothers campaigns such as those undertaken in Los Angeles through Liberty Hill's partnership project with TCE, the Brothers, Sons, Selves coalition. Liberty Hill facilitated the planning process, convened the planning table, wove the program curriculum, supported mentors and overall logistics, and participated in evaluation.
Last month, on July 29, members of Liberty Hill's staff joined more than 200 Los Angeles community members at Loyola Law School for Breaking the Silence: A Hearing on Girls of Color. The night was absolutely amazing, moving, and just so full of hard truths and hopeful inspirations. Says Tamika Butler, "Like many in the crowd, I was moved to tears throughout the night and I cannot say enough about how truly informative the evening was."
Liberty Hill's community organizing partners Youth Justice Coalition, Community Asset Development Re-Defining Education (CADRE), Children's Defense Fund California, Labor/Community Strategy Center and Community Coalition were responsible for coordinating the stories that were shared last night and providing important reminders of all the work still left to do. As we continue to uplift the voices and struggles of young boys and men of color through our Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition, it’s important to remember that their sisters, daughters, and mothers are facing many of the same issues and are also leading powerful campaigns for justice and equality.
Liberty Hill Foundation supports leaders on the frontlines of change in low income and LGBTQ communities of color throughout L.A. To read more about the event at Loyola Law School, check out the Colorlines story "L.A. Girls and Women Demand to be Heard Amidst My Brother's Keeper." For more information about the ongoing discussion, read "Why I Support My Brother's Keeper But Still Signed the Letter Criticizing It," in The Root by Liberty Hill Board member, Ange-Marie Hancock.
Brothers, Sons, Selves is our strategic partnership with The California Endowment and a coalition of community organizing groups working toward a common agenda to improve the lives of young men.