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THE BROTHERHOOD/SISTER SOL E-Update Newsletter
July 2011 Program Highlights- Summer Programming Is In Full Swing!
International Study Program (ISP): Ghana 2011 On July 3rd, ISP embarked on an amazing experience to live and study in Ghana. For a few members, this journey was their first time on a plane; for others, it was their first time leaving the tri-state area; and for all, this journey marked their first time visiting a country on the African continent. While in Ghana they will study at the University of Legon in Accra and live at the university; spend ten days in the rural Ewe village of Wusuta; visit Kumasi, the center of Asante culture and history; and travel to Cape Coast where they will spend time in the slave castles. During the group’s month in Ghana they will meet representatives from the US Embassy, USAID, Peace Corps, and from local non governmental organizations that work on issues of HIV/AIDS and youth development. Our members will also take classes in the Ewe language, on Ghanaian politics, history and economics and also attend drumming and dance classes. The group will visit assorted historical and cultural sites and facilitate a screening of and discussion on the new documentary Freedom Riders which details an aspect of the American Civil Rights Movement.
Since January, the group has been meeting to learn about the rich history and culture of Ghana. They have studied Pan-Africanism and globalization, met Ghanaians living and working in New York City, visited the Global Africa Project and the Museum of Art and Design, studied the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and visited the African Burial Ground in New York City. They have completed individual and group projects connected to Ghanaian culture, economics, government, and the environment. Upon their return, the group will share presentations about their travel experiences with the community.
Read weekly blogs on ISP’s travels throughout Ghana, visit our Reality Check Online Newsletter
Summer Day Camp Our 5-week Summer Day Camp (SDC) began July 11 for 29 of our 7-12 year old members, most of whom attend our Elementary After School Program during the school year. SDC takes place Monday through Friday from 9:00am- 6:00pm. Each day, we provide a healthy breakfast, lunch and snack. This year’s SDC will weave together art, culture, nature, science, and history to provide our members with a range of exciting activities and outings that will take them all over the New York City area. Our young members will spend the final week of SDC away from home in the wilderness at Yogi Bear Campground Resort in Woodridge, New York.
Click here to learn about our Summer Day Camp
Arts Institutes This summer we are holding two Arts Institutes for 25 teen members. One Arts Institute will explore the performing arts and its connection to social justice while the second Arts Institute will explore the visual arts and graphic media. Both groups will go on outings, site visits, and participate in workshops related to the arts. These Institutes seek to develop our members’ voices and talents through exposure to professional artists and hands on trainings.
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