Big Sister Little Sister Dialogues - Mentoring Program
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News Article: Session 3: We Are More Than Enough
News Article: Session 4: The Spirit of Giving
Highlights of the program:
Highlights of the Big Sisters Little Sisters Dialogues Program 2021: Big Sister Little Sister Dialogues 2021 Images
Events and Meetings:
Big Sister - Little Sister 11/19/2020 Meeting: Session 3: Dr. Gholdy Muhammad's "Black Girl's Write" Presentation
Big Sister - Little Sister 1/14/2021 Meeting: Session 5: Honoring Greatness - Coretta Scott King & Vice President Kamala Harris Presentation
Big Sister - Little Sister 2/11/2021 Meeting: Dr. Gholdy Muhammad's "Black Girl's Write" & Big Sister Little Sister "Know Her Name" Presentation
The Big Sister Little Sister Dialogues Mentoring Program is made up of 11th and 12th grade young women from the Buffalo Public Schools. Every year, each high school is invited to choose two female scholar representatives for its school. The Buffalo Public School District has partnered with the Uncrowned Queens Institute for Research & Education on Women, Inc. to develop this program, which aims to empower young women of color through activities that will help them to identify and clarify educational goals, develop network opportunities with experienced women, nurture aspirations, expand information on current issues, and engage in soft skills enhancement.
With December comes the hustle and bustle of the holidays and time with our loved ones. This year, we will celebrate the holidays decorating gingerbread houses and cookies at The Buffalo School of Culinary Arts #355 on December 9th, 2021. Stay tuned for photos of our creations!
February 11, 2021 Session:
We welcomed back Dr. Gholdy Muhammad this month for another session of "Black Girls Write." Big Sisters and Little Sisters were supported and inspired to share their genius in the form of poetry, through Dr. Gholdy Muhammad's connection of music, current events, Black Girl Magic, and Amanda Gorman's memorable reading of her poem, "The Hill We Climb" at President Biden's Inauguration.
Little Sisters responded to the prompt: What is Black girl magic?
"Black Girl Magic is the the independent power shown by a Black girl making her inspiring, dedicated, a role model for any audience." - Myralis Berrios, 302
"Black Girl Magic is confidence, elegance. Black Girl Magic is holding your crown." - Jariah Lee, 415
"Black Girl Magic is celebrating how beautiful we are inside and out when society don't show how powerful and beautiful we are. It shows us that we are not what people think we are." - Dominique Peters, 302
Poem by Dominique Peters, 302
Our blunders become their burdens
We have a problem that needs solving
If we keep ignoring it it will become a burden on the future generation
It’ll be helpful if our mistakes don’t take a toll on our children or our children’s children
The hope of us being together
The hope of us striving together
The hope there is a light
An envision of us prospering
So, don’t make mistakes that will become a burden
Let’s recover in harmony
Let our legacy be abut love and not hate
Let there be justice
January 14th, 2021 Session:
Our fifth session was in honor of Coretta Scott King and our newly elected Vice President, Kamala Harris. Big Sisters and Little Sisters learned about the achievements and contributions of these two powerful women who, in the past and present, exemplify strength, courage, activism and inspire others. Additionally, our guest speaker Jennifer Jackson Parker told her story of reaching success and becoming the owner of the public relations firm, Jackson Parker Communications. Lastly, Big Sisters and Little Sisters engaged in dialogue around current event topics and how they connected to our book selection, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds.
"My story is a freedom song of struggle. It is about finding one's purpose, how to overcome fear, and to stand up for causes bigger than one's self."
-Coretta Scott King
"There will be a resistance to your ambition, there will be people who say to you, 'You are out of your lane.' They are burdened by only having the capacity to see what has always been, instead of what can be."
-Vice President Kamala Harris
December 10th, 2020 Session:
Our December 10th event put us into the holiday spirit when Chef Patti Green guided us in creating gingerbread houses.
Big Sisters and Little Sisters alike, sported their custom-made BSLS aprons and let their creativity flow.
Big Sisters and Little Sisters showing off their skills.
December 3rd, 2020 Session:
Dr. Gholdy leading us in our December 3rd session of "Black Girls Write". Big Sisters and Little Sisters used their genius to draft personal poems of protest.
Historically Responsive Literacy "calls for educators to be responsive to the social and political times we have historically lived in and currently live within."
-Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, Cultivating Genius, p. 52
December 2020 Events
We welcomed Dr. Gholdy Muhammed back for a 2nd session of "Black Girls Write" and look forward to a fun and engaging cooking experience with Chef Patti Green, making gingerbread houses. Stay tuned for our creations!
November 19th, 2020 Session:
Dr. Gholdy Muhammad leads Little Sisters in the development of their Preamble for "Black Girl's Write".
"Writing a preamble was a historical practice in Black literary societies throughout the 19th century."
" ...preambles become powerful statements of intentions and objective."
-Dr. Gholdy Muhammad, Cultivating Genius, p.128-129
Ms. Trinetta Alston joins us, virtually, to discuss Covid-19 and its impact on the Buffalo community, in addition to providing ways to be safe in our day-to-day activities.
Erie County Legislature Chairwoman April Baskin kicks off the Big Sister Little Sister Program in October 2019 with an empowering speech for the Little Sisters.
One of the Little Sisters poses a question to Erie County Legislature Chairwoman April Baskin in order to gain knowledge and advice.
Little Sisters engage in a healing circle with their mentor Big Sisters.
Big Sisters and Little Sisters participate in a breakout session to expand their learning on current issues impacting women of color.
The Big Sister Little Sister leaders: Dr. Fatima Morrell, Dr. Barbara Nevergold, and Mrs. Nadia Nashir stand with the keynote speaker for November 2019, Judge Betty Calvo-Torres (2nd from the left).
The Little Sisters gather with their Big Sister to debrief the program's featured book, On the Come Up.