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Saving Ourselves Sisters Workshop
By Lady Cage - Barile
Published July 1, 2011

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF NEGRO WOMEN, INC. / Los Angeles View Park Section, Saving Ourselves Sisters (SOS) Workshop Graduates of May 21, 2011 Class

NCNW-L.A. View Park Section Presents Saving Ourselves Sisters (SOS) Workshop

HIV & STD Education & Prevention Programs for Girls

The National Council of Negro Women Inc., Los Angeles View Park Section recently completed presenting an 8-hour series of HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention Workshops titled “Saving Ourselves Sisters” (SOS). The workshops were held at Love and Respect Youth Foundation on 48th and Western Avenue.

The workshop participants were girls 12 – 18 years of age recruited from various schools throughout the South Los Angeles Area.

The SOS program was designed to educate young women with knowledge and skills needed to avoid HIV /STD’s or an unwanted pregnancy. Minority women living with HIV or AIDS are represented in disproportionately high numbers in the United States.  The high percentage of positive women is a direct result of a lack of awareness of the risk of contacting this disease.

During the workshops many subjects were covered including facts on HIV/AIDS STD’s transmission, Negative & Positive Self Esteem, Healthier Living / Knowing Your Body, How to Negotiate Risky Situations, Gender Pride, Communication & Sexting, Assertiveness vs. Aggressiveness, Healthy Relationships and Life Planning.

The SOS Program is a national project of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. and is taking place in several states hit hard with the HIV & STD epidemic.

The SOS Workshops are a three-day excursion, held on Saturdays and with required complete commitment from the participants. All girls were asked to provide a signed permission slip as well as a personal commitment form. NCNW volunteers facilitated the workshops and various subjects. The participants were given the opportunity to interact with questions, role-play, candid questions, lively discussions, hands on activities and refreshments were provided during each workshop.  “There was never a dull moment”.

NCNW was founded by Mary McLeod Bethune in 1935 and lead by Dr. Dorothy I. Height until her death in 2010. Our mission is to lead, develop and advocate for women of African descent as they support their families and communities. NCNW fulfills this purpose through research, advocacy, national and community-based services and programs on issues of health, education and economic empowerment in the United States and Africa. NCNW has 39 national affiliates and more that 240 sections. NCNW is a 501(c)3 organization with a membership of 4 million women. NCNW Southern California Area Office is located at 3720 West 54th Street, L. A., CA 90043 and the NCNW So. Ca Area Co-Convener is Mrs. Othetta Glover.

The NCNW / View Park Section’ volunteers were: Carolynn Martin, President, Carolyn McGruder, Lady Cage-Barile, Deborah Holt, owner of “Love & Respect Youth Foundation”, Carol Magee, Sybil Randall, Diane Carter, Vanessa Hawkins, Sondra Shorter, Dr. Rosalyn Turner Clark, Carol Turner, Nikki Turner, Stephanie Haynes, Maisha Robinson, Yolanda Cavalier and Dr. Le’Ondra Clark. The final workshop culminated into a graduation of 21 participants who received a certificate of completion and a $50 visa awards card from the national NCNW Headquarters, Washington, DC.

For more information on the S.O.S. Program, call or contact Carolynn Martin at: (323) 301-4697 for future workshop dates. Or visit website at

NCNW View Park Section reached out to our most vulnerable citizens, our teenage girls. We know the importance of older generations reaching out to and instructing younger sisters.

Categories: Health

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