We believe in peace and we believe it begins here.
The United ReSisters are a group of young Somali-American women who have a passion for creating a more tight-knit Green Bay community, and overall a more peaceful world. They range in age from 15-25 and are attending Green Bay public high schools, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and NWTC. All are now residents of the Green Bay community. This group was established in the Spring of 2017 by Diana Delbecchi, Courtney Maye and Katie Stockman as an attempt to create a space for these young refugee women. The group intends to shine a light on the growing presence of Somali youth, create an atmosphere of social responsibility to the common good and be a source of inspiration and support to younger generations of Somali girls in the community.
The girls chose the name “United ReSisters” as they would like this group to portray the ultimate sisterhood: bonding together to resist hate, prejudice, and misunderstanding while doing so through education, resilience, and love.
WHO WE ARE
We are a group of women focused on building a better community for female immigrants, particularly young teenagers in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We embrace both the human rights principles and the UN’s goal of advancing peace, development and human rights and it is our mission to pursue activities that foster positive change and increase self-esteem and confidence of the young women we work with while advancing gender equality and human rights for all.
Our model focuses on three key areas:
Access to Higher Education Information, which includes having current college females attend meetings and serve as mentors to the young women. Often it results in working with the young women on college applications, scheduling college tours, assisting with FAFSA, and much more.
Social Change and Community Building through Art, this is the piece that will be most visible to the wider Green Bay community. It includes using art as a medium to focus on social justice issues both internationally and locally. Through the arts, the young women are able to express themselves, envision a more inclusive community and communicate in ways that will invoke discussion and, hopefully, result in resisting hate and prejudice.
Personal Growth and Confidence Building, this means we make a deliberate attempt to get the young women out of their comfort zone to try new things, learn new skills and build confidence in their own abilities and voices. It also includes celebrating their own Somali identity and helping them share that with others.