“Sisters of Nia, Inc. is a grassroots organization and does not have funding to offer paid positions to our facilitators, each of whom volunteer their time weekly and often on the weekends as well. Meet our dedicated team:”







Synthia Smith

Executive Director

Synthia Smith is a wife and mother of two daughters; she has always had a passion for working with youth. Synthia graduated from CSU Hayward and went on to pursue her California Teaching Credential at Patten College in Oakland. She then went on to teach third and fourth grade for Hayward Unified School District, where she taught at Strobridge Elementary four years. It was here where her peers began to notice she had a gift for working with youth. She had the ability to develop relationships with some of the most difficult students, to teach those who didn’t feel like they could learn. Synthia also had dreams of doing something more than just teaching. She had dreams of having a program which focused on improving the lives of girls.

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Dr. Malika Hollinside

Creative Director

My name is Malika Hollinside, and I have been a part of Sisters of Nia. since its first year. We started with ten sixth-grade girls in 2009, and now have reached a membership of thirty-six wonderful sistas who are blossoming into strong and confident young women. I have watched my group learn and build, laugh and cry, struggle and persist together during our wonderful cycle. There is nothing more powerful than to witness the positive growth and transformation of our future nation!

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Denita Johnson