Values

The V(i)llage Think Positionality, LLC is inspired and influenced by empirical-based research and experiential knowledge about a distinctive set of values that help guide our practice, trainings, programs, efforts and existence.

The V(i)llage Co-founder Nedra L. Hotchkins, M.Ed. pictured at the 28th Annual YWCA Leader Luncheon, where she won the Outstanding Achievement Award for Racial Justice (2016) for work in The V(i)llage and Community V(i)llage. 

The V(i)llage Co-founder Nedra L. Hotchkins, M.Ed. pictured at the 28th Annual YWCA Leader Luncheon, where she won the Outstanding Achievement Award for Racial Justice (2016) for work in The V(i)llage and Community V(i)llage. 

what we believe.

Service The V(i)llage Think Positionality, LLC is a community service-based organization dedicated to the holistic growth of those we train, educate and teach for the purpose of bettering society.

Cultural Leadership – We believe in the value of cultural knowledge(s) as central to creating brave, safe and true spaces for historically silenced people. Furthermore, we recognize the devastating effect that systemic forms of oppression have had on privileged and marginalized communities, which is why we offer a myriad of dialogue-centered training solutions.

Cultural Humility – We ascribe to the belief that practicing humility is a verifiable way to curb false notions of cultural, ethnic, gendered and heterosexual normative superiority. We believe young people are taught to be racist, homophobic and sexist, which can be counteracted by exposure to difference through positive interactions within K-12, college, social, and academic learning contexts.  

Reciprocal Relationships  Relationships are central to how we work within educational and communal environments. We revere the power of relationships as a tool to facilitate the growth of youth and parents, but understand that in order to receive one must also give. Our partnerships focus on the intersection(s) of cultural, intellectual, financial and personal exchanges toward the betterment of society.

Navigation and Resilience – We view young people from an anti-deficit perspective by being committed to validating, respecting and learning from the cultures of students we serve whether refugee or American born. We actively teach youth and parents to identify oppression(s) and how to work toward overcoming holistic impediments. We value family knowledge and encourage the use of “real life” perspectives in skill-building, cross-training and hands-on learning of participants.

Advocacy Expression – We believe in facilitating opportunities that amplify the voices of young people and parents toward cultivating their ability to be authentic in the expressing themselves. Finally, we expect participants to exercise their right to disrupt any and all forms of oppression within in public or private spheres of humanity.

"If the only children you are actively raising are your own, we recommend you reconsider the meaning of family, and open your arms further still" said Dr. Bryan K. Hotchkins.