The Black Organizing Project’s Summer Youth Space Internship Program has traditionally been a space to engage our young Black minds within an interactive Black-centered learning environment. Our space kicked off this July 21st right in the heat of summer! This year, our organizers have the pleasure of working with a group of 19 youth interns who have been submerged in a unique learning experience that will last for six weeks.
Now, halfway into the program, we reached out to Brandie Bowen, one of the program facilitators, to help highlight exactly what BOP interns have been learning and how the program has been going so far.
“When we created the curriculum we wanted to work on a transformative pedagogy and wanted the kids to leave with a greater consciousness of themselves, each other, and the community,” said Brandie.
With the curriculum set and strong foundation in mind, week one and two of the program focused on community building and bonding, while also recognizing the vision they held of their own communities and why. Together with Lead Organizer and co-facilitator, Jessica Black, Brandie engaged in a variety of interactive activities to help engrain the theme of community to get the juices flowing!
One particular activity, The Radical Love Identity Box Activity, encouraged youth to look into themselves and critically think about the perceptions they have of themselves as well as the perceptions others have of them.
“The main purpose was to explore radical love. First, we talked about what radical means and decided that it means going to the root or true nature,” said Brandie. “ We then combined that idea with love– so the idea behind the identity box is to explore the truest nature of ourselves, loving it– in hopes […]