Building Resilience in African American Families Program
Girl's Africentric Youth & Families Rites of Passage
Affirmation for Today
You are Dedicated, Committed, Responsible!
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.
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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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.
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.
Ancestor for the Week
Josephine Silone Yates
Teacher, writer, and civil rights activist Josephine Silone, the youngest daughter of Alexander and Parthenia Reeve-Silone, was born in Mattiluck on Long Island, New York in 1852. At age eleven, Yates moved to Philadelphia to live with her uncle, Rev. J.B. Reeve, in hopes of finding greater educational opportunities. There she attended the Institute of Colored Youth run by Fannie Jackson Coppin. By the time Silone was old enough to attend high school, an aunt invited her to live and go to school in Newport, Rhode Island. Silone, the only black student in her class and the first to graduate from Rogers High School in Newport in 1877, was selected class valedictorian. Silone’s high school teachers encouraged her to attend a university but instead, she chose Rhode Island State Normal School, a teacher’s college, and again graduated as the only African American student in 1879.
Kujichagulia (Self Determination)
How did Josephine Silone Yates exhibit Kujichagulia? Give a brief example on your form.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Research
First, click on the link below and watch the video about HBCU's.
Look where all of the HBCU's are located.
HBCU- a college or university that was originally founded to educate students of African American descent.
What is the importance of attending an HBCU?
Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have an important role in the African American community as schools that first gave black students the opportunity to obtain higher education when virtually no other colleges would.
Cheyney University of Pennsylvania was the first HBCU founded in 1837. First known as the Institute for Colored Youth, its main purpose was to teach African American students to read, write, basic math skills, mechanics and agriculture.
Choose an HBCU from the list below to research. Note the various characteristics such as tuition, location, region, things that are close, etc. Then click the Assignment button to answer to the questions on the form.
Clark Atlanta University
Texas Southern University
Alabama State University