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Monday, November 17, 2014

ADVANCE BECAUSE RETREAT IS NOT AN OPTION

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DVANCE because retreat is not an option.  This mantra means everything to me.  It is what gets me out of bed on the coldest of mornings.  It is what keeps me going and motivates me to continue the work of teaching our teens how to create social change using their gifts and talents.  It is my why.



Many of us are waiting for a grand jury to indict Darren Wilson, the white officer that shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black youth.  

Honestly, words cannot describe how I will feel if this jury decides not to indict.  Part of me is low key preparing for this in advance.  Preparing in advance for upset in matters that demand justice violates my spirit on a core level.  

Preparing in advance is not the advance I had in mind.  

The advance I have in mind involves preparing our youth to think critically and creatively about what change is needed and how to bring about that change.

This is exactly why I created TEENERGY, a social justice art program for teens.  This past summer the African American Leadership Forum-Seattle (AALF) sponsored TEENERGY.  This fall, we've teamed up with Seattle Parks and Recreation Power of Place to bring TEENERGY to various teen sites in Southeast, Southwest and Central Seattle.  

How dope would it be to have teens from all types of backgrounds starting a movement for social change AND actually making a difference?!  I'm telling you, this work with our youth is what keeps me SANE and what keeps me going.












  

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