Hours of Operation

Mondays: In Person / 5:00 – 7:00pm

Wednesdays: In Person / 6:00 – 8:00pm

Girls can attend either or both weekly session


Lori Ampey

Program Coordinator


Denise Bridges

Program Coordinator


In partnership with Tanager Place and the African American Family Preservation and Resource Committee. Funded by the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation and SET Fund.


Saving our Sisters is an all-inclusive program that strives to provide constructive opportunities for middle and high school girls who are more susceptible to getting involved with groups of youth committing violence in our community. By building a support system of peers and adult mentors that encourage positive decision making, Saving our Sisters intends to reach girls before they make life-altering decisions.

Changing the Narrative

According to the CDC’s Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System, as of 2019, young girls in Iowa are significantly more likely than young boys to be electronically bullied, bullied on school property, physically forced to have sex, experience sexual dating violence, feel sad or hopeless, consider or attempt suicide, and have a poor self image that does not reflect reality.

Throughout the year, groups of 10 students participate in an 8 week program, meeting three times per week. A mentor will continue to check in with the girls periodically once their program ends. Saving our Sisters sessions cover a variety of topics including conflict resolution, drugs and alcohol, teen pregnancy, and building healthy relationships. The program works with mentors from local colleges and frequently has guest speakers at sessions. Parents are also supported through parent groups.

The 5 C's

Each time SOS meets, through mentoring and mirroring, the 5 C’s of Youth Development will be explored. Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, and Compassion. 

Social Activities

Sister’s Weekend (Camp)

Sister’s Empowerment Conference

Back to School

Career Fairs

Highlight Activities

Positive Tik Toks

Sister’s Podcasts


Sister’s Social