Our Focus Areas
Education is a pathway to liberation. Liberatory pedagogy is socially conscious, emphasizes critical thinking, requires high expectations, and is rooted in love. Schools and other organizations that hold the responsibility of educating our youth must have systems, policies and practices that are designed for liberation. They extend beyond lesson plans and include staffing, family engagement, school culture, and operations. Students whose education experiences are grounded in liberation are able to show up as their full selves and develop the knowledge, skills, and confidence to thrive.
The World Health Organization defines wellness as “the optimal state of health of individuals and groups” and health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. Thriving villages have healthy children and families. They have access to the information and resources that promote healthy living and healthy relationships. Within thriving communities, individuals and groups can show up as their best selves.
Economic empowerment requires financial education and access to resources. Within thriving communities, families have the knowledge and resources to make financial decisions that improve their economic status. Businesses and community members work together to keep resources circulating throughout the village, and youth are taught multiple strategies for growing wealth. Empowerment also includes the dismantling of oppressive systems and policies that create barriers to financial growth.
We offer programs for individuals and groups who are interested in developing in any of our core focus areas.
Black Education Leaders
4 Liberation Institute
A 10-month program for Black principals to build capacity in leading liberatory schools.
Youth & Family
Community-based programs to support youth and families in each of our three focus areas.
Affinity - Based
Various programs that CONNECT people in race or role affinity to HEAL, LEARN, BUILD together.