GENDER - PUBLIC HEALTH

Wise decisions

Many young minority girls experience poverty, racism, and sexism. According to a 1998 study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the United States has one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the world. To address these problems, Angela Coleman created Sisterhood Agenda, an organization that encourages African-American females of all ages to act in their own best interests.

Coleman knows that poor African-American girls growing up in cities face numerous choices about school, sex, drugs, and work. To help them make wise choices, she has designed programs that prepare these young women to reflect on their lives and analyze their beliefs, problems, and potentials. The centerpiece of her idea is a curriculum for girls ages twelve to seventeen. She has also designed a shorter program for younger girls, an alumni association to provide ongoing support to graduates, and adult self-development classes that provide minority women with a forum to reflect critically on the forces affecting their lives. Coleman is rapidly replicating her idea by licensing her curriculum, products, and programs to other national organizations that also promote the wellbeing of African American females.

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Web site: http://sisterhoodagenda.com/