V A S H O N

S I S T E R H O O D

CONNECT. EMPOWER. LEAD.

Vashon Sisterhood Mission:

To honor the feminine, empower youth, build connection, and create space for listening, sharing, mentorship, and support.

7 in 10 girls believe they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with family and friends.

Real Girls, Real Pressure: National Report on the State of Self-Esteem, Dove Self-Esteem Fund

OUR STORY:

Vashon Sisterhood was formed when a group of 35 women on Vashon got together to talk about how to support the girls on our island. Our goal is for our island to be a place where girls feel supported, empowered, and honored as they make their way out in the world. Our organization is growing to have programs that include Circles, Mentorship, Rites of Passage, and Empowerment/Activism.

While Vashon island is an amazing place to live for many, our island data consistently identifies that our youth experience an alarming number of risk factors, along with higher than average mental health and substance use trends. Living on an island in a rural setting results in many of our youth feeling isolated and alone, with limited resources and supports for families. Sisterhood seeks to intentionally identify and include girls who represent ALL socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, with additional focus on inclusion of girls that may be underrepresented and/or experiencing higher levels of social isolation on Vashon Island.

We are passionate and proud to be able to intentionally support the healthy development of the following protective factors for all of our girls participating in Sisterhood circles at Chautauqua Elementary School, McMurray Middle School and Vashon Island High School providing opportunities for:

  • Healthy engagement and connection within and between school, peers, and community
  • Active engagement and connection with positive mentors who provide encouragement and support for the development of skills and interests
  • Developing higher self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Discussion, exploration, and development of essential emotional self-regulation, problem-solving, and coping skills
  • Increasing awareness and skills to manage those issues in society today, specific to girls/females, that impact healthy social and emotional development
  • Developing skills in self-advocacy and self-empowerment

Our weekly Circles in Schools focus on building connection to self and community, creating space for compassionate listening and sharing, honoring each person’s strengths and uniqueness, celebrating diversity, building active leadership and resiliency skills, creating opportunities for self-exploration and self-empowerment through engaging activities, art, music, nature-based experience, guided discussions, ongoing adult and peer-to-peer mentorship, and FUN!

“Being a part of Circle has opened my eyes to the similarities we all have and shows us how to listen and empathize with people we often wouldn’t. Circle allows us to make connections with each other in a safe place where we can share our hardships while getting support and overwhelming understanding.”

“A focus on empowerment requires a shift away from seeing women and girls as beneficiaries of health and development programs to viewing them as agents of change for their own individual and collective empowerment.”

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: A Conceptual Model of Women and Girls’ Empowerment

  • Board of Directors:
  • Siri Bookani
  • teacher, Chautauqua Elementary
  • Margie Butcher
  • teacher, Chautauqua Elementary
  • Laura Camner
  • educator, Circles Lead 
  • Sophie Gagnaire
  • Program Coordinator, Kati Collective
  • Emily Graham
  • founder Klahanie School and Circle Trainer Teen Talking Circles
  • Yvette Butler
  • counselor, McMurray Middle School

THANK YOU TO OUR DONORS

We are able to continue running Circles in Schools and expand our services because of generous donations from our community members and local organizations. Thank you for your support.

GRANTS/FOUNDATIONS

  • Vashon Schools Foundation

CORPORATE DONORS

  • Edward Jones
  • Island Lumber
  • John L. Scott
  • Langland Dental
  • Thriftway
  • Vashon Pharmacy

INDIVIDUAL DONORS

  • Annie Adams
  • Emma Amiad
  • Erica Assink
  • Erin Blower
  • Mary Margaret Briggs
  • Kyle Britz
  • Alex Craighead
  • Kate DeGarmo
  • Karen Du Four Des Champs
  • Carol Dores
  • Aristy Gill
  • Leah Goodwin
  • Kari Hilwig
  • Peggy Kellow
  • Julie LaBelle
  • Gail Labinski
  • Kylie Loynd
  • Lisa MacLean
  • MacQuarrie Family
  • Debra Merrigan
  • Susan Puz
  • Kathleen Sanders
  • Brenda Sutherland

VASHON SISTERHOOD

Vashon Sisterhood is a 501(c)3 Organization.

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Contact
vashonsisterhood@gmail.com