In collaboration with Grant High School, Mutual Assistance Network, AmeriCorp, and numerous caring volunteers, Sister to Sister youth engagement program is designed to connect with the at-risk to the highest risk young ladies at Grant HS. Our goal is to offer these students a neighborhood roadmap from hopelessness, trauma and high risk behavior to hopefulness, healing and readiness for education, skill development and life success.
We connect monthly with our neighborhood women to effectively educate and empower them with knowledge to become resourceful. Resourcefulness for our women, our mothers can result in self-efficacy which will help to transform their lives. Sister to Sister adult monthly meetings topics address the socioeconomic challenges identified in the most recent Community Health Needs Assessment Data. Our presentations and discussions encourages meaningful dialogue on social determinants of health that are relevant to our neighborhood families. Examples are financial literacy, housing, skill development, maximizing access and utilization of mental and physical healthcare, culturally engaging fitness and local nutrition. Critically important are our discussions and open dialog regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES), adult trauma, economic stress and the hardship on our families. We converse about challenges of self-managing their health and their children’s health especially in areas of diabetes, high blood pressure and asthma with goals of identifying resolvable solutions for management.