This is my lovely niece Nala. I am teaching her the fundamentals for school in preparation for her entry into pre-K this Fall. I feel confident that I can prepare her for school because my son was so well prepared and I was responsible for that. No ABC Mouse website or Your Baby Can Read tapes and no excuses. Just some $2.99 flash cards, some crayons, a spiral notebook and a mission: prepare my child to enter a classroom with the knowledge necessary to succeed at or above grade level!
Her parents already laid the ground work teaching her shapes, colors and her own name and we are in the process of learning to identify all 26 letters, their corresponding sounds and numbers 1-20.
I tell you all this because Ive also worked with 5 year olds that are unable to write their own name. That pains me. Unless there is a language barrier i just feel like there’s no excuse for not sending your child into school with basic knowledge.
Spent the morning and some of the afternoon in a Brooklyn park and there was a lovely sista volunteering by doing crafts and playing/providing games and activities in an effort to keep the park from being closed down. This is the type of thing I love to see. Community service. Collective mentality. Youth outreach. And she was out there with 3 of her nieces. That’s what I call talking the talk and walking the walk. I hope this information lifts the spirits of anyone who feels like we are a generation of lost souls who dont care about the struggle. We may not be 10 million strong and we may not make it on the nightly news for our efforts but we are out here in the real world making a difference daily in the lives of children, families and communities!
By @afrocenchick “Baby girl reppin #cybercamp to the fullest at #InternationalMandelaDay at #BoysAndGirlsHS
I remember growing up that was considered one of the “bad schools.” It put such a smile on my face to be in the presence of students, youth groups, educators and community members and activists for such a fantastic cause.
The cybercamp participated in some beautification projects including creating artwork to memorialize #NelsonMandela as well as repainting some fences near the school.
Then we paeticipated in a ‘peace walk.’ It was an absolutely beautiful day and i look forward to more like it.
Live your passion people. Live with intent. Do the things that will enrich your mind, body AND spirit.
Your future self will thank you for it!
shoutout to @youngpeopleofcolorinc cause we workin even when our name aint on the bill! #cybercamp #cybertots #brooklyn #grassroots #community #summercamp #education #empowerment #creativity #criticalthinking” via @PhotoRepost_app
Realized my posts were no longer automatically coming in from facebook so excuse me while i flood your timeline with the good work YPOC has been doing in conjunction with Cybercamp this summer!
YPOC may be a teeny tiny microcosm of people and ideas but that doesn’t mean we can’t accomplish amazing things! check out the awesome projects my partner in crime for the summer, @pure_educator and I are working on with our beloved young people in #Brooklyn Along with computer and academic literacy , respect for ourselves and each other and our communities/ the Earth among other things.
Any. One. Person. Can change the world. If you live life truly believing that it will be you!
just be sure you effect POSITIVE change.
WE ALL MATTER.
SO LIVE LIFE WITH POSITIVE INTENT AND ACT ON IT!