... One young woman at a time

Sisters Achieving Excellence (SAE) provides literacy, leadership and employability programming, in the Ottawa area, to young women at risk of becoming in conflict with the law. SAE focuses on young women who are considered high-risk and teaches verbal, phonetic, comprehension and writing skills while also providing mentoring and life skills. These skills ensure that the students of the SAE program will find employment in the future and will become strong leaders.
Sisters Achieving Excellence is an established program found in 2010. SAE has developed and established successful programs in three locations. We have provided assistance to 200 program participants. In our first year, Sisters Achieving Excellence developed three workbooks in partnership with the Excellence in Literacy Foundation and Sage Youth (two internationally recognized youth and literacy charities). These materials are highly inclusive of and relevant to young marginalized and criminalized female student populations. Our series of workbooks have been shared with 100 community partner agencies across Canada that have, in turn, served 10,000 children and youth.

The Importance of Mentors

Maya Angelou once said, “I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

SAE couldn’t agree more.


As the school year wraps up, it concludes Sisters Achieving Excellence’s first year of programming. This is such an incredible milestone. We had so many dreams about the start of the programs, what we might accomplish, and the women we would help. I have to say, every single one of our expectations was exceeded.The women we have worked with this year have continually inspired and moved us. They have never once let us forget why it is SAE began- to give marginalized women a voice.