The Community V(i)llage participants learn how to develop real life action plans for bettering their families, which includes locating race mentors, self-education of and engagement with Black culture. Parents are taught how to instill Black cultural pride within their children and when to have difficult discussions about race.
The Community V(i)llage creates communal spaces for parents of Black children to have confidential group discussions about how to respond to racial experiences, strategies for interacting with school administrators, how to garner support from extended family members and best practices for guiding Black children from childhood to adolescence. Sessions consist of four 2-hour meetings. Curriculum focuses on five critical questions:
1) How do I socialize my Black children to live, exist and thrive in predominantly White communities and school environments?
2) Have I considered the holistic long-term effects of transracial adoption on my Black child(ren)?
3) What are my strategies for navigating my child(ren's) racial groups?
4) How do I purposefully elevate my level of cultural competency concerning my child(ren's) racial legacy?
5) Where do I want my child(ren) to be developmentally when they reach adulthood concerning the intersection of race, intellect and emotion, and what will be my contribution?
The Community V(i)llage is an educational, research-based, safe space for transracial adopted families of Black children. Our curriculum is designed to holistically examine, and discuss the challenges, and supports involved in raising Black children within school, social and religious settings. If you would like us to bring this program to your city please either enroll in current offerings or submit a request below by completing the form below.
How can your family participate in the Community V(i)llage?
If your community needs our program(s) please locate 5-10 families, and we will travel to your city and deliver a site specific curriculum that caters to your communal needs.
*Increased racial awareness and understanding
*Parental preparedness to discuss the intersection of race + gender + adultification of Black children
*Raised cultural self-esteem
*Development of a family mentor, and community engagement plan