Freedom 

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Travette Makonnen, Core Staff Member 

Mia Loving, Core Staff Member 

WHAT WE BELIEVE



Orita's Cross Freedom School - a project of Fusion Partnerships - is a youth development program designed to inspire the next generation of society's change makers. 

Shannon Winston, Core Staff Member

Through cultural awareness, civic engagement demonstrations, mentoring, and the arts, Orita's Cross Freedom School equips youth to embrace their full humanity and be agents of transformation in their community.​

We believe youth - and Black youth in particular - aren't "problems" in need of fixing. Rather they are the solution-bearers poised to challenge racism, poverty, gentrification, gender inequality, the prison industrial complex and other injustices that plague society.

But they're also regular youth who are interested in learning how to make jewelry, curious about how to tie a tie, eager to prove their athletic prowess, excited to cook together and anxious to share what they know.

WHO WE ARE

WHAT WE DO

Austen-Monet McClendon, Education-As-Liberation Fellow

CORE TEAM BIOS


DOING FOR OURSELVES


 

We realize that the public school systems can't and won't teach our children about their history and culture. The system is set up from a Eurocentric perspective. So we work to correct the lens and center the Black Experience in all modes of learning.


​We realize that this is essential in creating a world in which they can see themselves as great without the validation of a system that seeks to keep them oppressed.


We teach self-love and self-acceptance first so they grow up valuing and loving themselves.

Diara Jackson, Core Staff Member