The YPOC Intensive is a 10 lesson curricular unit with 3 focal points: critical thinking, creativity and empowerment. Students will study history and pop culture in a welcoming and thoughtful atmosphere in order to better serve themselves and their communities in large and small ways. Strengthening literacy through writing and public speaking through debate are crucial pieces of the YPOC learning experience.
Before we delve into creativity and empowerment we foster the skills necessary to consider these concepts holistically by learning how and why we should question the world around us.
After we get a handle on the importance of thinking and speaking for ourselves, we want to look at what it is that makes us feel fulfilled and what we want our futures to look like. How can we use what we already have, even if it isn't much, to get what we want? How can we apply that logic to our families and communities in a way that improves where and how we live?
Once we know how to speak up for ourselves, how to think for ourselves, and what we want our lives and communities to look like, how can we apply that knowledge and ingenuity to become leaders and empower others? What examples do we have of people, collectives and movements that utilize creativity and critical thinking to empower and effect lasting change?
Critical thinking, creativity and empowerment academic blocks with related trips culminating in a graduation featuring student performances and work.
The full gamut of the YPOC experience. Best value!
Now that inclusion, diversity and equity are the buzzwords of the day, what can we do to actually move beyond surface level initiatives into holistic, sustainable, equity centered modes of thinking, teaching and living? This workshop centers around finding our individual starting points, convening around our collective goals and beginning the hard but rewarding work of unpacking our negative socializations around race, ethnicity, class, gender, ability, religion and more.
This more immersive set of workshops aims to facilitate the ongoing interpersonal work of fostering culturally responsive frameworks for educators, administrators, parents and students to work through issues related to improving school culture for all students without ignoring how we’ve all been socialized who is most effected by it.
YPOC has a huge social media presence. We're always looking out for what's trending because we know our children are growing up in an age where they tell their problems to Facebook before their parents. We can ridicule them and lose them or we can embrace the technology and culture as a tool to help reach them.
In an interactive workshop we dissect music from various genres and discover the role black people have played in art forms now deemed 'abnormal' for black children to like such as rock, jazz and country. The purpose isn't to dissuade youth from listening to modern music, its to make them aware that our greatness is present in many forms of art and that we must be mindful of the messages we internalize without realizing it.
We must be vigilant in reminding our young women AND MEN that many of the things they like were created and popularized by people who look just like them. Therefore they need not look, sound or act like anyone but themselves. We'll explore the history of styles and iconic items from baby hair and Bantu knots to long finger nails and Bobo hair ties as well as their immediate popularity the moment they touched fair skin and straight hair. We will have an honest conversation about what that means.
This conversation can go so many places, but it's clear that we should be having it. We need only listen to the top 10 hip hop songs at any given time to find out what our daughters and sons are being taught is attractive and worthy of adoration and it certainly isn't short, tight curls, dark skin or a wide variety of realistic body types. Why is that? And how can we combat the dominant narrative? Let's talk about it in a safe environment.
Girls: Self Love Spa Day- 2.5 hours- includes discussion on what beauty means and how we use our natural talent to live our best lives, vision boarding, facials, nail polish and age appropriate make up/ hair styling ft. Organic products from black owned businesses.
Boys: Super Hero Day- 2.5 hours- includes discussion on what makes a man a hero and how we can all be heroes in our own community, letter writing, costume contest, comic book & lego swap and Super hero movie.
#BlackGirlsSquadUp events offer a space for Black women & women descendants of the Diaspora to have holistic conversations that foster sisterhood regardless of complexion, weight, hair texture, ability, education, sexual orientation or personal style.
All are welcome who accept that Black women will not be spoken over or dismissed because of their personal feelings, particularly those of us most marginalized.
As the world begins to acknowledge mental health as a pressing issue, while often ignoring the nuance of race, gender and class within the conversation, how can we support and show more understanding to our young people?
A conversation meant to bridge some of the cultural and generational gaps between Gen X and millennials. What do we have to offer one another? What can we do away with that doesn’t serve the next generation? How do we heal and move forward with a collective goal in mind?
As we ask ourselves what black liberation can look like, how do we mold our families and communities to better equip us for more healthy, holistic interactions and relationships with one another?
What we think will discipline and ‘protect’ our children is often what causes them irreparable harm and often stems from our own trauma and insecurity. Let’s discuss our child rearing practices and how we interact with our kids in a judgement free zone and create an action plan that enables our children to be their healthiest, safest, most fulfilled selves.
Pop culture often leads us to some exciting and important conversations, and the Netflix cult classic ‘13 reasons why’ left students, parents, physicians and critics alike with much to discuss. In this panel we take a look at how misogyny Impacts black women and girls specifically and what we can do to stop its destructive impact.
As ‘hood Feminism’ captivates and confuses the modern movement for gender equality across socioeconomic status and race, we take a look at what can happen when black Boys aren’t taught to respect ALL black girls.
Originating in Africa, step is a useful tool for team building, character development, hand - eye coordination and creative expression
This multi disciplinary performance piece gives students the opportunity to learn Black History, explore pop and gaming culture, act and dance in a fun and interactive setting. Bonus: encourages students in their public speaking which builds confidence.
A fun intro class to step through the history and artistry that is: the stroll. Some of us have been hip to the divine 9 and the Black history surrounding drumlines, drill teams, marching bands and various forms of hip hop dance by the luck of our heritage. Now that it’s slowly but surely becoming mainstream , it’s important that people understand the legacy they're attempting to recreate. Pay homage to the trendsetters: always.
Host YPOC for a 4-8 week long Intensive at your school to prepare for an important performance, add something cool to a school assembly or offer a fresh elective/ after school opportunity.
Looking for an exciting and affirming team building exercise for your next company workshop or retreat? Look no further than step! Host a class at your school, church, office or organization to foster individual and collective confidence in a fun and light hearted atmosphere.
Learn a new skill in this enjoyable fitness class that uses full body percussion to hone rhythm and coordination while providing excellent cardio. Available for beginners, intermediate and advanced level learners.
Want to perform a step routine instead of a dance at your wedding? How about helping your daughter surprise her guests at her Sweet 16? Or a fun group lesson for bachelorette night before the big day? Maybe you already step and have an idea you need brought to life. Let’s talk!
Includes book signings, readings and interviews.
BGG is as much an inspirational text as it is an educational resource, providing insight into building self assurance, community, and self awareness. I look forward to sharing it with as many young people as possible.
As a lover of small business and entrepreneurship I relish in the opportunity to work with writers, book stores, and organizations supporting positive communal goals and self sufficiency. As a Black girl from Brooklyn I know it is my duty to give back. I look forward to meeting my readers wherever they are.
Available for consultation and proofreading for the following projects: • School papers & reports • Poems & short stories • Speeches & Oral Reports • Books you wish to be published • Articles you wish to be published
- Standardized Test Prep
- College Essay Assistance
- Performing Arts Audition Prep