About Sisters' Sanctuary™
Sisters' Sanctuary is a movement that celebrates the mental, physical, and emotional well being of womanhood to reclaim ownership of their families and to take holistic responsibility for the rearing and nurturing of our youth.
My name is Lacey C. Clark! and I’d like to share with you the story of how and why I created Sisters’ Sanctuary™.
The inspiration for Sisters’ Santuary™ came to me the first time I heard Jill Scott’s poem, "The Thickness". Upon hearing that poem I cried. I was that “baby” Scott eloquently speaks about, who sought attention from men by putting on tight jeans, or short skirts. I didn’t feel attractive unless some random man validated my sexiness with a vulgar comment from the window of his car.
music videos also inspired me. Quite frankly, I’m sick of women being denounced to decoration; sexual objects and trophies for male pleasure. Rarely do we hear songs or see images that praise the depth and grace of women. We’ve been reduced to Baby’s, Mommas, “Boo’s”, “Shawties”, “Hot Chocolates” , “Dimes”, “Chyna Dolls” and straight up Bitches.
Women are radiant and powerful beyond their thongs and stilettos. Sometimes even we forget our depth believing that beauty is cleavage, “phat asses”, diamond studs, weaves, hazel contacts lens, acrylic nail tips, wigs, juicy lipstick, fur coats and trendy clothes.
I began on my journey by fighting my own way out of the cycle. I worked hard, graduated from NYU as a Founder Scholar and went to work in the development department of Spike Lee’s production company, 40 Acres and a Mule. Then I spent some time teaching abroad in Ghana, West Africa at the National Film and Television Institute. Ultimately I realized that what I wanted to do with my life was to support other young women to realize their divine potential. I wanted to create a safe place where we women could encourage each other and restore or develop self-worth and self-love beyond materialism.
I designed SISTERS’ SANCTUARY™ to start the self-work early, helping young women to begin to make sense of their past for a more peaceful fulfilling future.
I believe young women need a space where they can reflect on who they are and how they got to be that way. A space where they can learn important life skills to help them develop a healthy and peaceful lifestyle…. A place to focus on themselves.
SISTERS’ SANCTUARY™ participants learn how to claim their personal power, value responsibility and accountability, value their bodies beyond sexuality, dress for personal respect and success, practice peace, create healthy boundaries, practice self-love, embrace and celebrate excellence, honor and respect their elders and design and execute their goals.
I believe SISTERS’ SANCTUARY™ is necessary because MTV and BET are parenting our children. Music Videos have replaced cartoons and the “Village to raise a child” African concept has been exchanged for minding our own business.
Self-hatred is a billion dollar industry. Society creates a standardize image of beauty which is usually unrealistic or unattainable. And those images are what these corporations condition us with. Selling young women “hope” in advertising for relaxers, perfume, clothes, jewelry and feminine products.
SISTERS' SANCTUARY™ is not just for urban young women. My program is also for the Sister who believes that life is only about a wall full of college degrees and Doctorate titles.
SISTERS’ SANCTUARY™ is for the sister who will try to hide behind her car, her house and her marriage because that is what she is supposed to do.
It’s for the Sister who refuses to enjoy life until she has a “boo” or lover to “complete” her.
SISTERS’ SANCTUARY™ is also for the Sister who feels so “damn unpretty,” and fills voids with sex, shopping, over-eating, alcohol and drugs; and believes love is synonymous with sex.
When I say sister I include all women of color who have been strongly influenced by these ideals. Regardless of who their parents may be, all of the workshop participants are sisters.
I’m very proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish with SISTERS’ SANCTUARY™. In the 6 years since we started we’ve been able to reach hundreds of thousands of women, young and old. I was invited to present Sisters’ Sanctuary™ at the World Federation of Mental Health Biennial Conference in Melbourne, Australia in February 2003.
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Sisters' Sanctuary™ has also partnered with Jill Scott's Blues Babe Foundation and has consulted with such agencies as, The United Way, The Philadelphia School District, Job Corps., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Temple University, Keystone Mercy Health Plan and The American Cancer Society just to name a few.
We have been featured in many local and national press outlets via TV, radio and print including, BET, Radio ONE, and The Philadelphia Inquirer (New York Times equivalent).
We’ve won numerous award including the Clear Channel Radio Unsung Shero Award (2007).
today to see how Sisters’ Sanctuary™ can empower you and your organization to overcome the negative media influences barraging women in today’s society.
Sisters' Sanctuary™... because i am sacred.
Read What Sisters' Sanctuary™’s Past Clients Have Said About Us
“On behalf of the Blues Babe foundation allow me to congratulate you on facilitating a wonderful, empowering and insightful workshop for the young ladies on Saturday, March 19, 2005 called Keepin’ It Real Focused. I am certain that they felt how passionate you are about life and what a gift it is. You conveyed how essential preparation is to make it to the next level. We salute you at Blues Babe.”
-Karen Taylor Bass
President, TaylorMade Media
Jill Scott’s Blues Babe Foundation
“Your command of your craft, your classroom presence and your demand for excellence, has irradiated the students at the Universal Institute Charter; thereby, enabling them to utilize the fundamental skills provided, to improve their self-esteem.”
- Fatimaah Gamble
“Sisters’ Sanctuary™’s workshops are thought provoking, addressing youth holistically and working to heighten their awareness of personal accountability and responsibility. The rewards that our program has gained from the workshops have been an overall improvement in attendance and the students’ newfound excitement for academic success.”
-Colleen Winn Gaskin
Career Services Supervisor at the Philadelphia Job Corps.
“All of our opinions, views and thoughts were heard. We were encouraged to dig deeper and reach for excellence.”
Sisters' Sanctuary Attendee
PASCEP, Temple University
“The workshops have opened up a space to express our feelings, thoughts, pain and past… it has taught me to be more open minded and positive about myself and has helped me mature to another level.”
-Mydia Watson, age 16
“In one breath Lacey! is spontaneous, exciting, dynamic, poetic, dramatic, soulful, crystal clear, and straightforward.”
Physicist Instructor, School District of Philadelphia
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