CULTURE CLASS THROUGH TOGETHERNESS, COMPASSION AND KINDNESS
On Saturday, May 28th, our members and a few volunteers gathered at The H.U.B.B (Help Us Become Better) Community Center on 135 Prince Street in Newark, NJ for our monthly Culture Class Through TCK event.
This was our second Culture Class to date, and possibly the most rewarding; perhaps a reflection of how great the weather was that day. During this month’s Culture Class we decided to focus on the important topic self-love. The decision to discuss the topic of self-love resulted from our experience at the last class. The youth in attendance lacked a sense of pride and love for their city and after further conversation we decided to change our objective. By opening the children to conversations about self love and its importance we are able to understand cultural norms and shift them positively.
At around 8:50am the children arrived to the smell of fresh organic fruits, waffles, and homemade infused strawberry mint tea courtesy of personal chef, Chef Nikko. After, breakfast we began the program with an introduction of the organization reiterating our mission and the meaning of Ubuntu. We then started our Culture Class with our favorite icebreaker, the Ubuntu circle. The icebreaker empowers youth to lead participants in a dance ultimately showing the impact of unity and working together. The “running man” was the dance of the hour as various children took turns leading the group.
After, the Ubuntu circle we broke the children into small groups with two volunteers to break down the topic of self love followed by a reading from the book, “The Skin I’m In,” courtesy of our member Kira Antoine. Following the reading we engaged in a discussion that allowed for the children to use their newfound knowledge on self love to decipher issues within the book. One child Kimora stated, "You can not love others if you do not love yourself. Maleeka did not love her skin so she made fun of her teacher's." The discussion allowed for us to have a transformative conversation surrounding the topics of self-love, bullying, community and empowerment. The discussion allowed us to draw parallels between the community's culture and lack of love. The children felt empowered and motivated to show their peers and loved ones why it's important to use love as a means to heal.
After our discussion and we ended the Culture Class with positive mantras that explained why “We Are TCK.” We concluded the Culture Class with a raffle drawing for a Them Cloud Kids children's t-shirt, for the most participatory and well behaved child, as well as the book, “The Skin I’m In” by Sharon G. Flake.
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