What is Sisters of Nia?
Sisters of Nia, Incorporated is an organization dedicated to serving adolescent girls in grades 6, 7, and 8 living in urban communities. Through the teaching of Afrocentric values, our program aims to reinforce and bring out the natural strengths of girls, while encouraging them to live their live with a purpose.
Though the program is centered around Afrocentric values, it is open to any girl and can lead to greater emotional maturity and more positive relationships. Afrocentric values are linked to strong ethnic and racial identity, positive feelings about the self, positive peer group norms, pro-social behavior, the use of adaptive coping strategies, academic achievement, and the practice of health-promoting behaviors (Cornielle, Ashcraft, & Belgrave, 2005).
The girls participate in one two-hour session each week. We use innovative curriculum which focuses on building self-esteem and self-respect, peer relationships, conflict management, leadership skills, and academic achievement. Emphasis is also placed on individual and community responsibility; building communication between mothers and daughters as well as fathers and daughters; sex education and early pregnancy prevention; and entrepreneurial skills.
Sisters of Nia, Inc. is a 3-year rites of passage program, which girls begin in 6th grade; the curriculum focuses on a different aspect of adolescent female life each year with and culminates in eighth grade with a college tour and rites of passage ceremony.
To inspire, encourage, and empower girls to reach their fullest potential and live their life with a purpose.
Sisters of Nia, Inc. seeks to empower socially and economically disadvantaged adolescent girls by providing cultural and educational programs designed to instill strong social skills, leadership development, and academic excellence in our young ladies.