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Mission Statement: To Encourage Integrity, Self-Nurturing, Self-Worth and the Empowerment of Social Change for Women. Women who live in underserved communities are ordinary women with extraordinary talents. These women represent the urban experience of contradictory forces: address the daily, mundane life stressors that all women face in addition to the stressors of racism. They are ordinary women with extraordinary talents. Their words of encouragement, inspiration, and hope helped and continues to help strengthen people who live in underserved communities.
Take Your Sister 2 Lunch began as a social movement with dual goals of social change and service provision. My daughter, sister and I envisioned a place where we could invite women from the community to come and enjoy a healthy lunch, relax, exercise, develop jobs, network, or just a quiet place to meditate. A place where women could participate in the design of programs aimed at drawing out knowledge and development ideas rather than cramming facts or reinforcing ideology, partnership with other organizations and invite professionals from the health field and other fields to present lectures/workshops.
Today, TYS2L has 15 staff, 20 volunteers and our membership is growing. In January 2012, TYS2L opened its second chapter in Oakland CA, and we have been invited to open chapters throughout the United States. Our every other month, once a weekend luncheon has become every month, every weekend luncheons.