Program Name: Youth of Diaspora Program
Award Amount: $60,880
Project Description: The purpose of The African Diaspora Alliance (ADA) is to build solidarity, heal, and reunify African descendants through educational, artistic, and travel initiatives. The youth of Diaspora Program (YOTD) was the premier initiative of ADA and was specifically created for the purpose of teaching Baltimore youth about global black history. YOTD is a year-long after-school program, inclusive of a summer study abroad capstone. With an African-diasporic curriculum, the overall objective is to provide an alternative educational experience which shifts the traditional paradigm of how learning takes place. This is done through a collective learning model which disrupts the binary and hierarchical relationship that exists between students and teachers in the classroom. The pedagogical approach of YOTD centers several of the fund’s priorities with an emphasis on youth leadership development and self-actualization. Our program nourishes critical thinking skills which fortify students’ ability to raise questions about their environment and encourages them to organize around important issues in their community.
The Program will also include providing a year-long after-school program, inclusive of a summer study abroad capstone, with the purpose of teaching Baltimore youth about global black history for youth ages 15-18 at Frederick Douglass High School.