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These exceptional individuals bring diverse expertise and experiences that will greatly enhance the organization’s impact on the lives of Black and Brown youth



NEW YORK /PRNewswire/ — The Brotherhood Sister Sol (BroSis), the Harlem-based youth development and social justice organization, is pleased to announce the election of five exceptional individuals to its Board of Directors: Danielle Brown, SVP, Data Enablement and Category Strategy, Disney Advertising; Latraviette D. Smith-Wilson, EVP & Chief Marketing & Equity Officer, Horizon Media; Sharon Foo, Managing Director, Creative Futures, EssenceMediacom; Fuquan Collins, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Turner Construction; and Elizabeth Acevedo, The New York Times Best Selling Author.

“We are thrilled to welcome our new board members to the BroSis family,” said Khary Lazarre-White, Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Brotherhood Sister Sol. “Their diverse backgrounds and shared commitment to our mission will help us to further our work to educate, train, and organize for change.”

Now officially serving on BroSis’ Board of Directors, these cultural and business leaders and changemakers bring a wealth of knowledge that will contribute to the organization’s ongoing success and to BroSis’ mission of guiding and inspiring the next generation of young leaders.

“We welcome all of these amazing leaders to our Board with open arms,” said Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay, Co-Chair of BroSis’ Board of Directors and CEO of MediaCo. “We collectively believe in the transformative power of education, mentorship, and community support, and they will help us continue to represent the organization’s unwavering dedication to empowering young people from underserved communities.”

For over 25 years, BroSis has been at the forefront of social justice, educating, training, and organizing to challenge inequality and champion opportunity for all. The organization’s board members have played a pivotal role in the work of BroSis – helping youth to navigate challenges, celebrate their identities, and unlock their full potential.

The new members of the Board of Directors are as follows, including two distinguished alumni of the program:

  • Danielle Brown, SVP, Data Enablement and Category Strategy, Disney Advertising 
  • Latraviette D. Smith-Wilson, EVP & Chief Marketing & Equity Officer, Horizon Media 
  • Sharon Foo, Managing Director, Creative Futures, Essence MediaCom 
  • Fuquan Collins, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Turner Construction 
  • Elizabeth Acevedo, NY Times Best Selling Author; winner of National Book Award and Carnegie Medal

“Diving into this role and helping support BroSis’ commitment to empowering youth is a privilege,” said Danielle Brown, SVP, Data Enablement and Category Strategy, Disney Advertising. “I believe in the power of using community to create effective change, and I’m eager to contribute my expertise to enhance the organization’s impact. Together, we can make a meaningful difference.”

“I am truly honored to join the board of such an esteemed organization whose dedication to bring equity and opportunity to all aligns perfectly with my values and my work,” said Latraviette D. Smith-Wilson, EVP & Chief Marketing & Equity Officer, Horizon Media. “I look forward to leveraging my marketing, entrepreneurial, and community-building expertise to help empower young people to build the futures they want to see and foster change that will positively impact generations to come.”

“I’m excited to join BroSis’ Board of Directors and contribute my passion for creativity and media,” said Sharon Foo, Managing Director, Creative Futures, EssenceMediaCom. “Creative storytelling is a powerful tool for change, and I’m eager to support the organization in elevating its creative initiatives and amplifying the voices of Black and Brown youth.”

“Returning to an organization that has impacted me so greatly, this time as a Board member, feels like a full-circle moment,” said Fuquan Collins, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Turner Construction. “My personal journey from program participant to Chief Diversity Officer at Turner Construction has provided me with a unique perspective on the challenges faced by marginalized youth. I’m dedicated to ensuring that every young person has the opportunity to thrive, and I look forward to contributing to the organization’s inclusivity efforts.”

“As a BroSis alumna, I am deeply honored to return as a Board member,” said Elizabeth Acevedo, NY Times Best Selling Author. “My journey through BroSis not only transformed my life but also ignited a fire within me to pursue the arts and uplift others. It’s a privilege to be part of an organization that recognizes the immense potential within every young individual, regardless of their circumstances. I’m particularly excited about our focus on driving positive social change, as I firmly believe that storytelling and art have the power to shape minds, break barriers, and create a more inclusive world.”

These remarkable individuals will join the esteemed roster of BroSis’ Board of Directors, a collective dedicated to driving positive change in the lives of youth and their communities with unwavering enthusiasm and commitment. BroSis is excited by the infusion of new energy and perspectives that the Board members will contribute as they embark on this new journey with the organization.

In addition to the newly appointed members, BroSis’ Board also includes the following existing members: Rahsan-Rahsan Lindsay, CEO, MediaCo; Clara Markowicz, Producer; Dr. Farah Griffin, William B. Ransford Professor of English, Comparative Literature & African American Studies, Columbia University; Ross Haime, Agent – Innovative Artists; Stephen C. Graham, Investment Banker; Dr. B. Alan Echtenkamp, Founder, Organizational Psychologist, Slingshot Leadership; Paul E. Butler, President & Chief Transformation Officer, New America; Andrew M. Chonoles, Managing Partner, Kleinberg, Kaplan, Wolff & Cohen, P.C.; Heather Corbett, Founder, V & C Custom, Inc.; Marcy Grau, Residential Real Estate Broker, COMPASS; Damon Hewitt, ESQ., President & Executive Director, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; Jane Lazarre, Writer; Professor of Writing & Literature; Marcus Littles, Founder & Senior Partner, Frontline Solutions; Ravi J. Mallik, Managing Partner, Sand Dollar Capital; Marti Meyerson, Investment Partner, 2M Companies, Inc.; Dr. Alondra Nelson, Harold F. Linder Professor, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University, Dr. Pedro A. Noguera, Dean, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California; Michelle Ores, ESQ. Attorney; Lida Orzeck, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Hanky Panky; Detavio Samuels, CEO, REVOLT; Lisa Schultz, Director of Secondary School Placement, New Canaan Country School; Andrietta Sims, Parent Member, Teacher, Central Park East II; Miguel Vias, VP of Growth, Forte.io; Tiffany R. Warren, EVP, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Sony Music Group; and Douglas H. White, ESQ.; Former Commissioner for Human Rights, New York State & former Commissioner of Personnel, City of New York.

For more information, please visit brotherhood-sistersol.org and follow The Brotherhood Sister Sol on FacebookInstagramYouTube, and Twitter.

About The Brotherhood Sister Sol
For over 25 years, the Brotherhood Sister Sol (BroSis) has been at the forefront of social justice, educating, training, and organizing to challenge inequality and champion opportunity for all. With a focus on Black and Latinx youth, BroSis is where young people own the power of their history, identity, and community to create the future they want to see. By training educators across the nation and around the world and organizing a community of change agents, BroSis builds on its legacy of youth-led activism to realize a more just and equitable future.

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National Day of Giving: Spreading Generosity on #GivingTuesday

National Day of Giving: Uniting for #GivingTuesday, spreading generosity and making a community impact. Join the movement!



In a world that often seems divided, there is a day that unites people from all walks of life, igniting the spirit of generosity and compassion. National Day of Giving, also known as , is a global movement that celebrates the act of giving back to others. Originating in the United States, this philanthropic phenomenon has now spread across the globe, inspiring millions to make a positive impact on their communities. In this blog post, we will delve into the origins of National Day of Giving, explore its purpose, and discuss some of the best ways to observe this remarkable day.

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Origins of National Day of Giving:
National Day of Giving was first observed in 2012 as a response to the consumerism and commercialism that often overshadowed the true meaning of the holiday season. The 92nd Street Y, a community and cultural center in New York City, along with the United Nations Foundation, launched this initiative to encourage people to give back and support charitable causes. Since then, it has grown exponentially, gaining support from organizations, businesses, and individuals worldwide.

What is National Day of Giving About?
National Day of Giving serves as a reminder to be grateful for what we have and to extend a helping hand to those in need. It is a day when people come together to donate their time, money, skills, or resources to causes and organizations that align with their values. This movement emphasizes the importance of collective action, highlighting that even small acts of kindness can create a significant impact.

Ways to Observe National Day of Giving:

  1. Make a Donation: Consider donating to a cause or charity that resonates with you. Whether it’s supporting education, healthcare, environmental conservation, or social justice, your contribution can make a difference. Research reputable organizations and ensure that your donation reaches those in need.
  2. Volunteer: Offer your time and skills to a local nonprofit or community service organization. Whether it’s serving meals at a shelter, tutoring students, or participating in environmental cleanup initiatives, volunteering allows you to directly engage with your community and make a tangible impact.
  3. Spread Awareness: Social media can be a powerful tool for spreading the message of generosity. Use the hashtag to share stories, causes, and initiatives that inspire you. Encourage your friends and followers to join the movement and make a difference in their own ways.
  4. Support Local Businesses: National Day of Giving isn’t just about monetary donations; it’s also an opportunity to support local businesses and entrepreneurs. Consider buying from local shops, artisans, or restaurants, as this helps stimulate the local economy and promotes community growth.
  5. Start a Fundraiser: Organize a fundraising event or campaign to raise funds for a cause close to your heart. Engage your friends, family, and colleagues to contribute and amplify the impact. From bake sales to charity runs, there are countless creative ways to rally support and make a positive change.

National Day of Giving, or , is a remarkable movement that reminds us of the power of generosity and collective action. With its origins rooted in the desire to counterbalance consumerism, this day encourages individuals, businesses, and organizations to come together and support causes that uplift humanity. By making donations, volunteering, spreading awareness, supporting local businesses, and initiating fundraisers, each of us can contribute to creating a more compassionate and equitable world. Let us embrace the spirit of National Day of Giving and make a lasting impact on the lives of others.


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The Arizona Diamondbacks: More Than Just a Baseball Team

Arizona Diamondbacks: More than a baseball team. They excel in philanthropy, supporting their community through charitable initiatives. #Diamondbacks #Arizona #Community



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When you step into a ballpark, the sights and sounds of the game surround you. The aroma of hot dogs and the refreshing taste of a cold beer are often part of the experience. Perhaps you’ll even have the chance to catch a fly ball. But beyond the thrill of the game, there’s something special about the Arizona Diamondbacks. As a team deeply invested in their community, the Diamondbacks have made a significant impact through their philanthropic efforts. Let’s explore how this Major League Baseball team has gone above and beyond to support their community through charitable initiatives.

The Arizona Diamondback Foundation:
Working at Chase Ballpark has given me the opportunity to witness firsthand the incredible work of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the community. Since its establishment in 1997, the Arizona Diamondback Foundation has been a driving force behind numerous charitable endeavors. This nonprofit organization has consistently contributed $50 million annually to various charities, focusing on areas such as homelessness, indigent healthcare, and children’s programs.

D-backs Give Back

Supporting Education and Youth Programs:
One of the standout initiatives of the Diamondbacks is their dedication to education and youth development. They have refurbished 41 baseball fields across the state, providing safe and enjoyable spaces for young athletes. Additionally, the Diamondbacks have partnered with organizations like the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Maricopa County, recognizing their outstanding work in these areas.

Recognizing Academic Excellence:
The Arizona Diamondbacks also recognize the importance of education and academic excellence. Through their commitment to supporting schools, they established an excellent award program. By the end of 2012, they had awarded $250,000 to 51 schools across the state, highlighting and celebrating the achievements of students and educators alike.


The 50/50 Raffle:
During every Diamondbacks game, fans have the opportunity to participate in a 50/50 raffle. Half of the proceeds from this raffle go to a designated charity, while the other half goes to the lucky ticket holder. This unique initiative not only raises funds for worthy causes but also engages fans in the spirit of giving back.

A Community-Driven Team:
When you enter Chase Ballpark in Arizona to witness a Diamondbacks game, it’s clear that they are more than just a baseball team. They are a team committed to making a positive impact on the community they call home. By supporting various charitable initiatives, the Diamondbacks have demonstrated their dedication to improving the lives of those in need.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have proven themselves to be champions not only on the baseball field but also in their unwavering commitment to the community. Through the Arizona Diamondback Foundation, their investment in education, youth programs, and charitable initiatives has made a significant difference in the lives of many. So, next time you head to a Diamondbacks game, remember that you’re not just supporting a baseball team, but an organization that truly cares about its community. Join them in their mission to make a positive impact and witness the power of sports in transforming lives.

If you’re interested in learning about the ways in which Dback engages with the community, please visit this link for more information. https://www.mlb.com/dbacks/community

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Make a Difference for Children this Holiday Season



(Family Features) This holiday season, you can spread the spirit of meaningful giving and deliver impact for children globally. With crises and emergencies all over the world, make a difference with gifts that give back while showing your loved ones just how much you care.

Handcrafted by talented artisans from all around the world, UNICEF Market is a unique collection of carefully curated gifts ranging from jewelry to apparel, home decor, kitchenware and more. The gifts give back three times over by supporting artisans and helping local economies thrive, assisting vulnerable children in need and making for thoughtful and compassionate gifts for loved ones. By purchasing gifts from the market, individuals can contribute to creating a more equitable world for every child.

Additionally, UNICEFInspired Gifts provide meaningful opportunities to make a difference by donating important resources in the name of a loved one alongside a personalized print-at-home card or e-greeting. With millions of children on the move, driven from their homes by conflict, poverty and climate change, you can make a donation to provide essential supplies such as blankets, first aid kits, vaccines, lifesaving Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food and more. You can also send warmth to children in need in places where freezing winter temperatures and heavy snowfall are approaching. Your purchase of a “Warm Winter Kit” could provide four fleece blankets and 24 cans of therapeutic milk to provide warmth, safety and lifesaving nutrition.

To help support the organization’s lifesaving mission of protecting every child, consider UNICEF USA’s partners, including Cle de Peau Beaute, Hallmark and Marriott Bonvoy when shopping and traveling this holiday season. For every purchase of Cle de Peau Beaute’s Serum, $3 will be donated to support impactful programs for the education and empowerment of girls around the world; Hallmark’s UNICEF greeting cards and keepsake ornament, which are holiday favorites, can be purchased in store and online to support the world’s most vulnerable children; and Marriott Bonvoy members can donate their points to the organization.

Elevate your gift-giving this year for friends, family and loved ones by making a real impact for children globally. Visit market.unicefusa.org, where you can support efforts to ensure every child is healthy, educated, protected and respected.


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