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December 11, 2013

Vol. 002




Thanks for all that Feelin' Good!  


We were literally blown away on Nov. 9th! Our Inaugural Benefit Concert,"Feelin' Good - A Tribute to Nina Simone" was an incredible testament to the spectacular talent and rich nature of our community here in New Orleans.  (Click here to see the photos!) 


It was truly an honor for us to have so many phenomenally gifted women share the stage in support of our young SISTAS in Ghana.   


Each and every one gave a heartfelt performance that spoke volumes to the power of women's inner strength, artistry, creativity, and collaboration. We are still riding the wave of inspiration that emerged and we are so grateful to all of the artists who contributed to this magical evening!    


We are also so very thankful to each of you that attended (what a great turnout!) and to all of our wonderful sponsors. Your support has helped us to make countless dreams come true. The event raised more than $12,000 that will help expand the SISTA Scholar Program and provide vital educational support to girls from Ghana's most rural areas.      

Our generous sponsors: The Harper Family Foundation * Louise S. McGehee School * Boucherie * Fyre Youth Squad * Pontchartrain Chapter of the Links, Inc. * Red Leaf Investments * Martin Wine Cellar * Stein's Market & Deli * Kentwood Springs * American Friends Service Committee * New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation * Ashe Cultural Arts Center * Sankofa Community Development Corp * Whole Foods Market




Welcome to 36 Freshman SISTA Scholars!


Just after our "Feelin' Good" Benefit Concert, Jarlyn Johnson and Savannah Williams (SISTAWorks volunteer officers) traveled to Ghana to identify and enroll 36 new students to join our SISTA Scholar Program. Jarlyn and Savannah journeyed to some of the most rural areas of Ghana and met some exceptional young women. Each girl was selected based on her courageous academic drive, inspiring personal vision, and remarkable present day circumstances.   SISTA Scholars welcome the Courton family  


The success of our fundraising event allowed us to exceed our initial target of 25 new enrollments. Each new student will receive full tuition & fees, pocket money and school supplies for three years, or until they graduate from high school. All combined and with your support, we are now supporting 66 SISTA Scholars in high school and 2 SISTA Scholars in post-secondary school for the 2013-2014 academic year. 


We also implemented an enhanced Big SISTA/Little SISTA Support Program, new monthly support meetings/ workshops, employed a designated counselor and teaching staff to help further ensure all of our scholars' success at school, and beyond.


Special thanks to each of our SISTA Scholar Sponsors and to all of our donors for providing such an empowering level of resources to each of these young bright lights.


Stayed tuned for photos and profiles from our latest recruitment effort in Ghana . . .




Make SISTAWorks your choice for holiday giving!


Today marks the beginning of our annual fundraising e-campaign. You will receive one additional email from us before the end of this month with more updates on our work and a request for your financial support. Please help us to continue empowering young women and girls with a 2013 end-of-year tax-deductible donation today!   


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SISTAWorks, Inc.,  

1330 Prytania St., Suite 1  

New Orleans, LA 70130



Our sincere thanks to all who have given to SISTAWorks this year!    


Note: SISTAWorks is a non-profit organization registered as tax-exempt under by the IRS under section 501(c)(3).  




Young Entrepreneurs Sponsor SISTA Scholars  


Sasha Matthews and Michelle Blue were undergraduates at University of Georgia when they first traveled to Ghana in 2011. Inspired by their visit to the former BaBa Blankets workshop and other social enterprises there, they returned and launched a unique clothing line called "Bené". Their fashions highlight vibrant African prints in practical accessories for everyday wear.     


Sasha and Michelle are committed to using their enterprise to empower other women and girls. This year, they put Bené earnings to work by sponsoring five SISTA Scholars with a $1500 donation. Michelle shared, "Sasha and I are committed to being a part of this program and ensuring the girls are being supported and we look forward to building this relationship with you and SISTAWorks."


We are absolutely thrilled to have such an inspiring duo and their progressive enterprise join us as Sponsors, as well as powerful role models for our SISTA Scholars! Thank you Sasha & Michelle! 


Learn more about Bené at    



Congratulations to our Raffle Drawing Winner!


Geraldine Barbin of Marksville, Louisiana won our 50/50 Raffle Drawing at our "Feelin' Good" Benefit Concert for a total prize of $1,435! Geraldine used her winnings to make a down payment on a brand new car! 


Geraldine is a retired school teacher from the Louisiana public school system where she taught biology for 35 years. She has five children and three grandchildren.   

SISTAWorks also earned $1,435 through the raffle sales (50% of the total ticket sales). We are so thankful to everyone who bought raffle tickets and who sold raffle tickets on our behalf including the following wonderful supporters of our raffle sales efforts . . .

Brent Bartlett * Dianna Brown * Reuben Brandon Brown * Adelson Gabisan *Susan Hester * Jarlyn Johnson * Rachel Roberts-Pickett * Veronica Reed * Broderick Webb

It is because of your support that our very first raffle was a real success!




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