"The purpose of education, finally, is to create in a person the ability to look at the world for himself, to make his own decisions, to say to himself this is black or this is white, to decide for himself whether there is a God in heaven or not. To ask questions of the universe, and then to learn to live with those questions, is the way he achieves his identity."- James Baldwin
We believe that youth are more than the answers to the future. Youth are the answers to the important questions posed in the present moment. The development of youth voice isn't just about youth developing the capacity to write and perform strong creative writing. Strong youth voice is about developing the confidence of our youth to speak their truths at boardroom tables where public policies affecting their lives are shaped.
3. We believe in Transformative Education for Lifelong Learners
We believe in studying history. We believe that by studying the writers, the movements, and the moments of the past that we learn more about ourselves, our communities, and about how we have arrived to the present moment. We believe in answering the questions of the present by thinking creatively. We believe in dreaming future worlds within the context of what has come before us, and with a sense of mindfulness in the present. This core belief grounds us, while reminding to always dare to shape new possibilities.