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Building Resilience in African American Families Program

Girl's Africentric Youth & Families Rites of Passage

Affirmation for Today

You are Unique, Curious, Enough!


Video Highlights

Feel free to submit a video of encouragement or just to say hello .  We will post your video on this page for one week. Go for it!


Submitted a video of her and her family having an Ice Cream Party during the quarantine.


Submitted a video sharing a few riddles.  Thanks Amachi for sharing.

Send a CandyGram to a Sister

We honor our sisterhood and want to stay connected through these uncertain times.  We are offering each sister an opportunity to send a Candygram to a sister to let them know that you are thinking about them.  All you need to do is click on the button below and fill out the Candygram. We will make sure your sister receives your note of encouragement and a bag of candy from you!

Weekly Video Assignments

It is important that we maintain our commitment to producing a weekly video to the BRAAF community.  Please submit your weekly videos to Mama Sandra at: or text to 760/275.1634.

Abrihet   - Scripture of the Week

Wagaye  - Cover Song of the Week & Meaning

Zena       - Exercise 30 second video

Amachi   - Riddle of the week

Tifunzo   - Ancestor of the week

Zola        - Coronavirus Update

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Please submit your weekly video to Mama Sandra at: or text to 760/275.1634.  Please record in Landscape mode for a max of 30 seconds.

Message Center

Queens - You have to scroll down this page to access all of the assignments. You are

                strongly encouraged to complete all of the assignments before Friday (today).

Ancestor for the Week

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Chef Edna Lewis

  • First African American female chef


  • As an admired chef and cookbook author, Edna Lewis taught the American public to appreciate southern meals in a new way. Known as both the Grande Dame and Grande Doyenne of southern cooking, Lewis was among the first African American women from the south to write a cookbook that did not hide the author’s true name, gender or race. Combining her love of food preparation and her deep knowledge of African American history, Lewis’ legacy taught countless others the importance of traditional southern cuisine.


Take Away Assignment

Click on the Take Away Button to complete the assignment.

Rise up – Andra Day


All we need, all we need is hope

And for that we have each other

And for that we have each other

We will rise

We will rise

We'll rise, oh oh

We'll rise

I'll rise up

Rise like the day

I'll rise up

In spite of the ache

I will rise a thousands times again

And we'll rise up

Rise like the waves

We'll rise up

In spite of the ache

We'll rise up

And we'll do it a thousands times again

Queen Check In & Unity Circle: Mon-Wed-Fri 4:30 PM

Traditions are important. Our Unity Circle is where we check in with each other, pour libations in honor of our ancestors, and identify our highs and lows for the day. In our closing circle, we recite our principles, Queen's creed and express our gratefulness. Frequently the Queen's express gratefulness for their family, sisters, mama's, and guest. We want to continue our traditions by logging in at 4:30 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Click on your image, and let's do a virtual unity circle by answering questions and submitting your answers.


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Queen's Creed

We will stand bound together, in common loyalty that will transcend any personal selfishness.  As Iron sharpens Iron, so shall we as sisters sharpen one another. We will use our principles for daily living and conduct ourselves like young queens at all times. With great expectation of each other we will live to the highest standard and be accountable for our actions and the actions of our sisters. We will refer to our sisters as our sisters. Never forgetting the foundation our ancestors have laid before us.  We will always strive for greatness. Through our conduct we will stand on what is right and faithfully safeguard the reputation of this SISTERHOOD at all times.

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Wish Zola

Happy Birthday

Daily Chores

This is a bonus area.  Complete as many of the Daily Chores & RESPONSIBILITIES as you can while you are at home.  And don't be surprised if something special get's dropped at your doorstep for OUTSTANDING effort.  You must do the work!


Pick one or two chores daily. You must complete the chore as needed.  For instance, if you have dishes to do, you must make sure dishes are washed, dried, put away (dishes include plates, cups, silverware and pots and pans. Counters should be wiped down, food put away and floors swept and mopped just as we expect at the BRANCH House on program days.


Find a recipe that you can plan and prepare for you and your family, (it may be a main dish, side dish, or dessert). If needed choose one that you can utilize items on hand unless you are able to shop.  We are encouraging you to include family members in your preparation time, asking them to assist in cutting, measuring, and preparing.  Lastly, enjoy the meal together. Use your table setting skills as well as family style eating and managing appropriate etiquette and conversation.

Quality Assurance

This job will be used for self-check and rate yourself on the quality of your own performance in all areas. How well are you doing without being watched and guided daily? What are areas you feel you can still improve in? What areas are you highly successful ? Is someone having to step in and assist you? Are you being assisted? How is it without assistance from your sisters.


We all get a little behind sometimes and while we have time to get ahead, we ask that you plan some study time. You all have access to your assignments. Spend time practicing math problems, read at least 20 minutes a day and write about what you read. Journal daily about your feelings, emotions, or whatever comes to mind.


Chapter: Personal Appearance


“Appropriate clothes should be worn at all times. Pink or blue satin or silk dresses should not be worn on Sunday or at”church, even if one can afford them. It is bad taste and sets a bad example to poorer girls who sometimes sell their honor, even their lives for these perishable, inappropriate costumes.


In every mind there is a picture gallery of our friends and the people we meet. Sometimes the pictures that we carry are not the best ones. One is often caught unawares in soiled, unbecoming garments. It is not necessary in this day and time to give an ugly picture of ourselves.


We should be particular to give the best possible, most pleasing picture to others at all times. There should be no "being caught." One should be prepared early in the morning, any time of day, and all through the night.


On the streets and as the street cars pass our homes, colored people should give the best pictures possible of themselves,”


Excerpt From

The Colored Girl Beautiful

E. Azalia Hackley


Greetings Queens,


We will be reading "The Colored Girl Beautiful" this week.  Please look out for the book delivery to your home.

We are expecting you to read the entire book, but would like for you to read the chapter on "Personal Appearance" first as we will be doing a Zoom discussion.

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