Free Community Programs
We currently offer three consistent programs out of the Washington Park neighborhood. We intend to build-out and provide additional programs in the future; including a CopWatch program, purchasing a permanent home for our work with an community library and open event space, and a program to organize the extended families of the young people we work with. Consider helping us make all this happen by making a donation.
ah-keh-REH-leh | one who is strong in spite of being small
Through our Akerele program, we introduce young girls, ages 4-12 to Assata Shakur and her revolutionary politic and love of Black people. Akerele participate in workshops that teach them about power and oppression, and help them understand their role in a long history of Black freedom fighting. We also provide opportunities and support to help them tap into their skills as leaders and future organizers in the larger movement for Black liberation.
oh-mee-nee-rah | freedom; independence
Our Ominira program introduces young people ages 13-19 to the fundamentals of organizing, including strategy development, power mapping, base-building, and more. It is a year-long program that brings together 15-20 Chicago teens to study, train, and build community together. Ominira develop their abilities as organizers and leaders through participatory workshops, and also work with other local grassroots organizations to gain practical experience supporting and leading campaigns. In addition to hands on skills development, Ominira also study black feminist herstory, the modern Prison Industrial Complex, and learn about the abolitionist roots of the Movement for Black Lives. After completing our one-year program, participants graduate into our Alumni program as student organizers.
The community garden program highlights self-sustainability as an integral part of Black liberation. Located off of King Drive in Washington Park, the garden provides us with the opportunity to engage youth and local community members in learning about the basics of gardening, land conservation, food justice, and the importance of self-sustainment as a tool of resistance.