A growing body of research confirms that the best learning environments for children are ones where families, educators and community leaders share responsibility and the desire for student success, and are committed to adapting to the needs, cultures and priorities of local families and communities.
The Youth Resiliency Institute’s Journey Project advances a strengths-based lens to family engagement rooted in racial equity and African Rites of Passage principles. Using a culturally responsive arts-based approach, the Youth Resiliency Institute provides a foundation upon which to support student success while building stronger and healthier families through family engagement offerings across the multiple settings where children learn. The Youth Resiliency Institute works to align and leverage strategies, policies and investments that seek to create environments in which all children succeed while shifting conversations within communities to those in which low-income families’ strengths are used fully to promote children’s success.
In this video, the Youth Resiliency Institute demonstrates how family engagement programming informed by and responsive to low-income families’ cultural experiences helps to remove barriers that limit families engaging as partners and leaders in our communities. Equally important, this video shares how the power of African language and the cultural arts can connect Black families marginalized by racial inequities to important community networks and support systems.
Special thanks to South Baltimore’s Arundel Elementary Middle School and Baltimore City Public School’s Office of Family and Community Engagement.
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The Youth Resiliency Institute is an organization under the umbrella of Fusion Partnerships, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the state of Maryland.