The youth of The Brotherhood/Sister Sol in Harlem are taking the first swing of the sledgehammer Friday to begin the first phase of the organization’s new building.
Elected officials will join Bro/Sis youth members ages 8 to 22 as well as Bro/Sis leadership and others at the demolition ceremony. The event will also mark the start of construction of the new Bro/Sis Center, a $15 million state-of-the-art “green” building that will house Bro/Sis education programs and services for young people.
State and city agencies have stated that the new development is one of few buildings of its kind being built in NYC and the only one in Harlem—100 percent community educational use, no housing or retail or other areas of focus. The project is managed by Gilbane Building Company and designed by Urban Architectural Initiatives.
Bro/Sis was founded in 1995 and provides wrap-around educational programming and support services for youth. Services include an intensive multiyear Rites of Passage program, five-day-a-week after-school care, counseling, summer camps, job training, college preparation, employment guidance and international study programs.