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STSI: The State of Black Women & Girls in Westchester County

  • March 07, 2020
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Yonkers Riverfront Library

Sister to Sister Sponsors A Collective Impact Training Forum for Stakeholders & Girls Featuring A Special Screening of PUSHOUT

Who: Sister to Sister International and community partners will hold a day-long summit entitled “The State of Black Women and Girls in Westchester 2020.”

What: The Summit will build on the State of Black Women & Girls Research Report launched in October 2019. Continued dialogue, collective impact training and action planning will occur during the day for various audiences including parents, girls (12 & up), practitioners, educators and other community partners. A special screening of the award winning documentary PUSHOUT will be featured with role plays and youth performances.

When: 9:30 – 4:00 AM, Saturday, March 7th, 2020.

Where: Yonkers Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Plaza, Yonkers, NY

PUSHOUT is a documentary based on the book by Dr. Monique Morris. It takes a close look at the educational, judicial and societal disparities facing Black girls. It explores how the misunderstanding of Black girlhood has led to excessive punitive discipline, particularly suspensions.

Black girls are disproportionately suspended and at significantly higher rates than any of their peers in Westchester County and indeed, across the country!

Don’t miss this powerful day of enlightenment & networking for girls, women, parents and practitioners.

The event is free but all participants must register for admission. Appropriate for girls 12 and up and a lite lunch will be provided. Register today at https://bwgcsmmit2020.eventbrite.com

Why: We need to work in collaboration across systems to break down the barriers that cause significant disparities among Black women and girls in Westchester County. We must also enlighten practitioners on their perception and impact, while sharing strategies with parents and girls to combat racism and unwarranted exclusionary discipline in schools.

The Status of Black Women & Girls Report

Highlights four key research pillars that have evolved into workgroups including:

1) Health and Wellness, including teen pregnancy prevention, maternal health and healthy lifestyles; 2) Entrepreneurship, pay equity and economic prosperity; 3) School suspensions, trauma and the juvenile justice system; 4) STEM, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) and Health Curricula and Careers.

For more information on STSI, and to download the full report log onto https://s2si.org/.


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