L.O.V.E. Let Our Voices Educate

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In Partnership with NAFJ and the 400 Year African American Commission The Kemba Smith Foundation is pleased to present L.O.V.E. – Let Our Voices Educate – A Youth Leadership Program to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of Kemba Smith’s release from federal prison.

December 22, 2020 will mark the 20-year anniversary of her being released from prison. To commemorate this celebration, the Kemba Smith Foundation is offering a FREE monthly virtual student leadership course to students across the nation, ages 18 and 21. Students under the age of 18, may participate with an email consent from parent/guardian. Classes will begin on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  May 2021 will end the program with a virtual graduation ceremony.

Each monthly virtual session will kick off with a Guest DJ. Students will get hyped to start each session in discussing the meaning of popular songs to inspire a sense of consciousness among the group to think critically about materials presented. Each session will be focused on incorporating parts of my story and others with What’s L.O.V.E. Got to Do with It curriculum and apply certain topics related to African American History and to the broader landscape of current events in our country. (voting, mass incarceration, gun violence, domestic violence…)

Why participate in this program?

  • Participants who complete the program will be eligible to be entered into a raffle to win an IPAD (2 giveaways) and gifts.
  • Participants will be graduates from the inaugural class of 2021 and receive a certificate and names will be listed on the KSF website to be recognized as participating in a nationally recognized curriculum.
  • Participants may be able to receive some type of extra credit from instructor(s) for their participation.

The course will:

  • Be empowered to make healthy choices to avoid the school to prison pipeline.
  • Learn how Kemba Smith used her voice to educate and learn about other stories.
  • Promote consciousness, skill building and leadership development by uplifting the contributions of African Americans in American History.
  • Understand just how impactful their voices can be in moving our nation forward.
  • Be empowered to let their voices educate others.

More information is available here