So'oh-Shinálí Sister Project SSSP

Indigenizing education and wellness for our community

aka So oh Shinali Sister Project   |   Commerce, CA   |  https://www.sssisterproject.org/

Mission

So'oh-Shinálí Sister Project promotes Indigenous education and wellness to empower all Indigenous community members in the urban setting through core values, intergenerational relationship building and inclusive community-based programming rooted in cultural practices.

Ruling year info

2020

Executive Director

Elena Nourrie

Main address

5800 S Eastern Ave Ste 260

Commerce, CA 90040 USA

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EIN

85-1245097

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Wellness Circles

Our Wellness Circles are designed to strengthen our community through shared medicines, prayers, songs, and stories.

Wellness Circles allow community members to build relations across regions and also have a space to vocalize obstacles and identify practices to overcome challenges. This time in community also allows us to collectively engage and practice wellness through an Indigenized perspective.

Our free Wellness Circles are held virtually in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and are open to all Indigenous community members and allies.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Indigenous peoples

Our Indigenous Community Gatherings are open to American Indian/Alaska Native community members and allies representing all areas of Los Angeles County. During these events, traditional knowledge keepers engage community members through cultural teachings, hands-on arts practices and discussion on mental wellness. These events are free of charge and include general PPE supplies, cultural materials, wellness art sessions and lunch.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Caregivers
Multiracial people
Families
Parents

Healing Plant Medicines events are held in collaboration with local Indigenous herbalists.

These programs have three primary goals:
(1) to engage community members in understanding the connection between land and ancestral traditions and practices
(2) to promote education on herbal medicines and sustainable practices
(3) identify simple practices for community members to develop their own preventative medicines in a sustainable way.

We discuss practical medicine making for specific seasons. For example, in one session we may discuss immune support during the cold/flu season and COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we learn how to make herbal honeys, cough syrups and tea blends to help our community stay well.

Healing Plant Medicine workshops are held online through the Zoom video platform.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Adults

Our Beading Circles are hosted in partnership with local Indigenous beading experts. These events create space for Indigenous community members and allies to build relations as we collectively focus on the art of beading and learn about beading as medicine.

This wellness workshop allows community members to focus on learning new techniques and practical skills for a variety of projects, such as: beaded caps, medallions, earrings, lanyards and pop sockets.

We also engage community members in discussion on understanding how mental wellness impacts our day-to-day actions. We discuss topics from practicing patience to dealing with anxietyto specific learning styles. Participants discover how beading promotes wellness through a relaxing, reflective and supportive practice. This series of events has created a very caring environment for participants and facilitators alike as we learn new skills together and build community.

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Financials

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So'oh-Shinálí Sister Project SSSP

Board of directors
as of 05/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Monique Castro

Indigenous Circle of Wellness

Term: 2020 - 2022

Kimberly Robertson

So'oh-Shinálí Sister Project

Monique Castro

So'oh-Shinálí Sister Project/Indigenous Circle of Wellness

Bridget Vera

So'oh-Shinálí Sister Project/Indigenous Circle of Wellness

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/23/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

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Disability