Assata's Daughters aims to build an intergenerational collective, of mostly young people, that love and support each other in long-term movement-building. We intentionally focus on recruiting Akerele - young Black girls and women* ages 6-18. Akerele means ‘one who is strong despite being small’ in Yoruba and it is how we define our foundation, the youth. We meet weekly to provide skill-building, political education, wellness, and affirmation workshops. Throughout our program, we help connect our members to the current Black Lives Matter movement and support their presence and participation in those spaces and events, including rallies, marches, actions, panels, etc.
Our program seeks to create and hold space for dialogue, affirmation, and for the exploration of the different forms of Black women’s empowerment and self-determination. We achieve this through a year-long curriculum that is structured around four 3-month-long units. We are now accepting applications for our Unit 3 summer program. For the first time ever, we are now able to provide programming for teen participants and we are excited by the opportunity to help teens develop their radical political education and organizing skills. We will introduce teens to the world of Assata's Daughters and they will learn about organizing and Assata 101, including how to build a campaign, identify targets, and develop tactics. This will be a hands-on, fun learning experience preparing young people with the tools necessary to be leaders in the movement for Black liberation.
The summer program begins June 29th at 6pm and will culminate in a camping trip the weekend of August 26-28. We meet every Wednesday, from 6-8pm. There will also be opportunities for Akerele between the ages of 13-19 to earn stipends by chaperoning Saturday field trips with younger Akerele, ages 6-12. Additional details will be available at a later date.
Our programs are most successful when we show up every week. All participants are expected to commit to weekly programs and events, so please only apply for a spot if you are willing to make this commitment.
Wednesday, June 29 - Week 1 (First day of program)
Wednesday, July 6 - Week 2
Saturday, July 9 - Saturday field trip
Wednesday, July 13 - Week 3
Wednesday, July 20 - Week 4
Saturday, July 23 - Saturday field trip
Wednesday, July 27 - Week 5
Wednesday, August 3 - Week 6
Saturday, August 6 - Saturday field trip
Wednesday, August 10 - Week 7
Wednesday, August 17 - Week 8
Saturday, August 20 - Saturday field trip
Wednesday, August 24 - Week 9
Friday, August 26 - Sunday, August 28 - Camping trip
*We are trying to explore, stretch, shatter, rebuild, re-create, re-imagine, celebrate Black girlhood and womanhood. We come together as people who find power/questions/struggle in their identity as a woman and/or the socialization as a woman/girl and want to work through that power/question/struggle in an expansive community.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until June 5th. Due to a limited number of spaces, we ask that you take time to fill out this application and provide thoughtful answers. We will respond to all applicants with our decisions by June 10th and programming starts Wednesday, June 29th.