Monday’s Madame(s):Rosalyn McIntosh and Nyasha Adams Rivera, mother-daughter duo of Sisters Building Sisters in Brooklyn.
Age: 44 and 26
Tell Us About Your Organization
Nyasha: Sisters Building Sisters in Brooklyn (SBSB) is an up-and-coming non-profit organization providing empowerment opportunities to women and girls living in under-served communities. Our services include workshops, seminars, and events that are specifically tailored to the mental and emotional needs of women and girls. Our events and central idea behind all that we do is to promote growth in the areas of self-esteem, self-worth and self-love. In recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we hosted two events including a workshop entitled “How To Know If It’s Love Or Control” and our first “Walk to End Domestic Violence in East New York and Abroad.” Both events successfully drew in victims, survivors and advocates from all over New York City. Attendees for the Walk included nearly 50 community residents, Community Based Organization Leaders, and Elected Officials such as Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams; Assemblyman Elect, Charles Barron; Councilwoman, Inez Barron and Brooklyn Community Board #5 President, Andre T. Mitchell. As a result of the success of our walk, SBSB was featured in the October 23rd edition of the New York Amsterdam News. In addition, we were also featured as the “Black New Yorker” in the October 30th edition of the New York Amsterdam News.
What’s Your Position At Sisters Building Sisters?
Rosalyn: “I am the Founder and it is my strong belief that if you change a sister’s mind, you change a sister’s life. In fact, I have a favorite scripture from Proverbs which says, “As a man thinks so is he.” Helping hurting women is my calling/divine purpose here on earth and I am committed to fulfilling it.
Nyasha: I am the Co-founder, and I am committed to equipping the women and girls we serve with the tools needed to help them become the very best version of who they are called to be.
Fill In The Blank: Community service is important because…
Rosalyn: It gives more value to the lives of others and in return enriches my life by knowing that we are making a positive difference in the lives of other sisters.
Nyasha: It allows me to give back to my community while simultaneously passing on knowledge that I’ve gained to others who may not have been afforded the same opportunities I’ve been given.
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Stay tuned for their website:www.BuildaSister.org, launching November 10, 2014!
Monday’s Madame is a column on MadameNoire that highlights inspirational women who are doing great things in black communities around the world.