BRAVE programs are designed for youth and educators' optimal learning and development with customized programs available as applicable for context needs.
SNAPSHOTS OF BRAVE YOUTH
PROGRAMS WITH YOUTH
9-12 months, INCLUDING SUMMER
The Trailblazers program empowers youth of color to overcome structural racism and its hold and influence in education. The program introduces social justice awareness while cultivating positive self-identity as youth grow to realize their greatness while strengthening and contributing to their communities.
Trailblazers cultivates youth as they become empowered critical thinkers, driven by a deep sense of purpose. Trailblazers participants emerge as leaders as they explore the four pillars of:
College, Career, and Entrepreneur Exploration
Student-led Professional Development
BRAVE believes youth voice is essential. Youth have the opportunity to explore methods for liberation from the harsh reality of systematic oppression. Youth learn communication skills for self-advocacy and gain a positive self-image. Youth engage in personal development practices that will increase academic performance, goal setting, and result in accomplishing personal and academic goals.
Trailblazers' student-led, professional development sessions give educators the opportunity to hear from youth directly while engaging their own learning and reflection. Educators gain tools to develop a culturally responsive curriculum and instruction based on feedback from students of color. Educators learn how to improve culture and environment that is conducive to black and brown students—deconstructing systematic oppression that causes racial trauma.
The Trailblazers mentoring component fosters a greater sense of community and belonging. Students experience motivation through mentorship, including through exploring college campuses with their mentor.
The Trailblazers Wrap-Around Program provides wraparound services for Black and Brown families to promote healthy family connections. The program is designed with components that serve the family as a whole, as well as both the parents and youth directly. Young people and families are provided with learning opportunities to strengthen their relationships and increase self-love. Throughout the program, holistic support is provided in the learning journey—both individually and for the family as a whole—through workshops, events, activities, and family trips. Parents are provided with resources for parenthood and personal development. Youth are provided with tools to cultivate self-worth and leadership.
EMPOWERED BLACK YOUTH
3-6 WEEK WORKSHOP SERIES
In the Empowered Black Youth workshop series, youth gain confidence that will support them with navigating institutionalized oppression. Youth will have the opportunity to explore liberating methods while learning more about history and their ancestry. Youth learn self-advocacy while cultivating effective communication skills. Youth complete the program with a positive self-image, and tools for continued support.
SPARK PERFORMANCE FOR YOUTH NONPROFIT EDITION
6 WEEK WORKSHOP SERIES
Spark Performance for Youth provides group coaching for Black and Brown youth and young adults to improve behavioral, developmental, social, and academic performance while cultivating a positive cultural identity. This unique program helps young people spark purpose in life through exploring interests and gifts, while acquiring tools required to achieve short-term and long-term goals. The group environment allows for relationship-building and peer learning as an invaluable resource and support system as well as for practicing voice and communication.
CUSTOM WORKSHOPS AND TRAININGS
What type of personal development would you like to provide for youth in your context? We can work together to customize workshops, training, and programs that are specialized.
We're happy to report successful outcomes in our youth programs. Here are a few stats from our Trailblazers Program in particular!
100% of students reported:
the program is a safe and welcoming program for people of all races and cultural backgrounds
feeling welcomed and respected by adults in the program
enjoyed the experience
98% increase reported by students in their gaining a positive cultural identity through the program
90% of students reported that they believe that now, with their knowledge about social justice (through the program), they have the power to create change.
95% of student participants reported having a positive cultural self-image in and through the program
PROGRAMS WITH EDUCATORS
Programs for educators have a component that is student-led, collaboratively with BRAVE staff.
In addition to the benefits for youth in the process—including in research, training design, and public speaking—the impacts and benefits of this unique professional development offering for educators include:
Empowering Black and Brown youth voice and relationship-building for educators
Collaborative and adaptive leadership skills for educators
Personalized personal development for affective engagement and understanding
RACIAL TRAUMA 101
In this student-led training, educators learn about how Black and Brown students are impacted by racial trauma in schools and their communities. Educators gain resources to eliminate and/or minimize racial trauma in the classroom. Educators are provided with tools to improve a positive culture and environment that is conducive to Black and Brown students—deconstructing systematic oppression.
IMPLICIT BIAS TRAINING
In this training, educators will have the opportunity to recognize and identify their implicit biases, affecting their performance in the classroom and beyond. Educators gain tools to develop a bias-proof classroom in partnership with students, peer educators, and administrators.
BUILDING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS FROM A STUDENT OF COLOR'S PERSPECTIVE
In this uniquely dynamic training, educators learn best practices for communicating and building relationships with young people of color. Educators are provided with tools to use in healthy communication with students from different cultures and backgrounds. Students use Rita Pierson's work to demonstrate the importance of authentic relationships in learning contexts.
DEAR WHITE TEACHER, DO YOU SEE ME?
In the Dear White Teacher, Do You See Me workshop, educators have the opportunity to confront and recognize implicit biases in everyday contexts. Educators gain tools to develop a culturally-responsive curriculum and instruction. Educators explore best communication practices when communicating with youth of color, and creatively explore microaggressions. This workshop is often co-facilitated by teenagers for optimal learning.
CUSTOM WORKSHOPS AND TRAININGS
What type of personal development would you like to provide to educators? We would love to work with you to customize workshops and training for your context.