We are currently recruiting student and staff participants for our youth-adult partnership pilot program, aimed at advancing racial justice in high school contexts.  Inspired by the legacies of Ella Baker and Octavia Butler, this program will utilize an arts-based pedagogical approach to target critical dialogue, creative expression, and youth-adult partnership, in order to advance racial justice in high school contexts. This program is co-designed by the Center for Racial Justice in Education and Partners for Youth Empowerment.

If you are interested, feel free to begin your application, and/or plan to attend our information session on Monday, June 6th at 7pm EST! Thank you and please send any questions to either [email protected]org or through the application.  We look forward to being in partnership with you and the young people you serve!

Best regards,

The Baker Butler Team

The Baker Butler Program

Youth-Adult Partnerships for Racial Justice in Schools

Inspired by the legacies of Ella Baker and Octavia Butler, this program will utilize an arts-based pedagogical approach to target critical dialogue, creative expression, and youth-adult partnership, in order to advance racial justice in high school contexts.

Program Features

    • Intergenerational. The program will bring together small groups of youth with 1-2 key adults in their school to develop their racial-ethnic identity, creative self-efficacy, critical consciousness and collective efficacy. Critically, we utilize a youth-adult partnership model, in which adults are trained to share power with youth.
    • Art-based. In collaboration with the Partners for Youth Empowerment, we draw on a creative facilitation approach to use arts as a space for collaboration, skill-building, empathy, and empowerment.
  • Racial justice leadership development. All participants will be guided in developing their critical racial analysis, political efficacy, and advocacy, and resilience, equipping them to lead racial justice initiatives in their school environment.

Program Goals

In order to achieve racial justice and social change in collaboration, …

  • Young people and adults develop mindsets + skills as agents of change in schools, to impact racial justice
  • Young people and adults expand creative efficacy
  • Young people and adults learn how to share power, such that the adults are advocates and supports for youth’s social change efforts

Program Logistics

Length20 hours total

  • 14-hour, week-long intensive to occur in August
  • Follow-ups (3 sessions in the fall)
Mode of deliveryVirtual
Participants5 high schools: 4-5 youth + 1-2 adults per school

   

Timeline

Information Session

June 6, 2022 @ 7:00 PM EDT

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Cost

The cost for participation is currently $10,000 per school. We are currently engaging in fundraising efforts, so please don’t let the cost be a barrier to indicating your interest and application.

Apply!

If you are interested, feel free to begin your application, and/or plan to attend our information session on Monday, June 6th at 7pm EST! Thank you and please send any questions to either [email protected]org or through the application.  We look forward to being in partnership with you and the young people you serve!

About Our Organizations

The Center for Racial Justice in Education’s mission is to train and empower educators to dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in our schools and communities. At the Center for Racial Justice in Education, we envision a world where all young people learn and thrive in racially equitable, liberating, and empowering educational spaces.

Partners for Youth Empowerment’s (PYE) mission is to unleash the creative potential of young people. For 25 years, guided by this mission, PYE has been working to shift the field of youth work to respond to the deeper needs of young people for meaning, purpose, creativity, and connection. We do this by training individuals, schools, and organizations in our Creative Empowerment Model, a unique combination of experiential education, group facilitation, and the arts, which together foster key life skills that help youth thrive in a rapidly changing world.