African American Girls Face Daily Trauma of Violence and Poverty

Rise Sister Rise

Photo: Claudio Vieria

The goal of the Rise Sister Rise research project is to identify the relationships, school performance and significant adults in their lives of urban, African-Americans girls. It also devises strategies that will help the girls navigate a path to success and well being.

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How do urban adolescent African American girls experience their world? How are they affected by those experiences, and how do we support them, help them succeed, help them discover their strengths and abilities to overcome the obstacles before them? these are all questions posed by the Rise Sister Rise Research Project.

The goal is not only to identify the markers– relationships, school performance and significant adults in their lives — but also to devise the strategies that will help girls navigate a path to success and well being.

We’ll learn more about the study right after the news on All Sides with Ann Fisher on 89-Seven NPR News.

Guests:

  • Fran Frazier (Rise Sister Rise Project Principal Investigator)
  • Leslie Brower (Rise Sister Rise Project Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Lara Belliston (Mental Health Program Evaluator/Researcher, Ohio Department of Mental Health)

Read More:

  • Rise Sister Rise, Official Site
  • Are you looking to volunteer for the “Rise Sister Rise” cause? You can call (614) 259-RISE to get in contact with the program.

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  • Justbarbie

    Ann, I am actually a product of violence and abuse at the hands of black Girls, and Boys. I have forgiven though. I went to Hamilton Elementary and Linmoor Junior High or Middle school back when there were huge racial tensions, The white population was very low. Right before and after Martin Luther King was killed. Even as early as the 6th grade, I was felt up most days by the boys, then after Martin was killed, I started being harassed by the Girls. I was good friends with one black Girl, until Martin was killed. After that, I was greeted with a punch in my back. Another time I was punched in the jaw by a black Boy, Later He turned out to be a local famous boxer. There were no Teachers to help. Just wanting you to know. My Brother is having problems forgiving, but I am fine.