Black Mothers Forum’s mission is to end the bloodshed in the Black Community, especially our Black sons; end the school to prison pipeline; and promote healthy mindsets and relationships.
Morning Star Leaders is a nonprofit organization that provides youth leadership training to urban Native youth, with an emphasis on culture preservation and education. The organization’s goal is to create a pool of youth who are equipped to be leaders in their community.
Activities currently offered by Morning Star Leaders include: Morning Star Leaders Youth Council (meetings, recruitment/outreach, and activity coordination); Youth Leadership Summit; Volunteer experience opportunities; Backpack drive; “It’s Up to You” project, an education initiative focused on increasing awareness among tribal communities about major education issues their members encounter. The “It’s Up to You” project is in collaboration with the ACLU of Arizona’s Demand to Learn campaign and Vitalyst Health Foundation.
Rising Youth Theatre works in collaboration with young people and professional artists to create socially relevant original plays with youth voices at the center. In the company’s model, plays are created in partnership with the community, through a multi-generational collaborative process where artists of all ages work in a shared learning, creative youth development model.
The company works to perform in non-traditional theatre spaces, in which all audiences will feel invited to engage with the art and accompanying dialogue. Alongside artmaking, the Rising Youth Theatre ensemble leads workshops and residencies in schools and community spaces and actively participates in community events, working to ensure that youth voices are heard and centered in a wide variety of spaces in Arizona.
In partnership with the ACLU of Arizona’s Demand to Learn campaign, Rising Youth Theatre is developing a youth-driven professional development training partnership with Demand to Learn partner schools aimed at reducing student push out through the fostering of healthy teacher-student relationships in the classroom.
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