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Sistas and Brothas United: Teen Leadership & Peer Tutoring projects
Department of Justice: OJJDP, July 1 to June 30

Award Information

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2004, $49,474)

Sistas & Brothas United (SBU) Youth Leadership Program, an affiliate of the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition (NWBCCC), is a grassroots, membership-led organization of low and moderate-income junior and senior high school students in the Northwest Bronx. Through a combination of leadership development training, organizing campaigns, and direct action, SBU helps young people work together to improve their neighborhoods, and serves as an alternative to gang and drug cultures prevalent in the community. Sistas and Brothas United's goals are twofold: 1) Build teenage civic leaders in low income areas of the West Bronx through leadership development and school/neighborhood involvement; and 2) Improve the academic preparation and performance of SBU participants through a peer tutoring program. Performance will be measured by an increase in participants' leadership skills, and improvements in students' grades, school/project attendance and standardized test scores on State English and Math Regents exams. These measures will be reported to OJJDP in the grantee's Categorical Assistance Progress Reports. NCA/NCF

The Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition's Sistas and Brothas United (SBU) will provide positive alternatives to area gangs and provide leadership opportunities through its civic leaders program, and will help prepare students for college or work through its tutoring program. The civic leaders program will serve 120 students ages 12-20 (most will be 14-17) coming from low income families in the west Bronx. Of these 120 participants, 50 will be enrolled in the academic tutoring project. Performance measures will include the development of leadership skills among all participants, regular attendance and improved grades by at least 60% of tutoring participants, with at least 50% of the tutored students showing improvement on the New York Regents test.NCA/NCF

The Sistas and Brothas United (SBU) Youth Leadership and Tutoring Program will provide leadership development training and academic support to high school youth in northwest Bronx, who are at risk of gang and drug involvement. The Youth Leadership Program provides opportunities for high school youth to participate in community development and civic engagement. The effectiveness of these programs will be measured through a series of pre and post tests associated with the capacity of the students to successfully become civic leaders in their community and to improve their academic preparation and performance in the SBU and Leadership Institute High School.NCA/NCF

Date Created: July 22, 2004