A reformed community where our young Black males prevail (prove more powerful than opposing forces) as they journey from boys to young men.
Order From Chaos.
While COVID-19 school closures have interrupted the typical education of our local scholars-, A4E, in partnership with L.I.T City, Triad Restorative Justice and TURN began cultivating a tutoring/remote learning and family engagement program that can address not only the immediate needs of education, but the systemic and cultural issues that have had our sons already at risk for accessing less educational opportunity.
The Village serves as a place-based, trauma-informed, community-driven interruptor that impacts both education outcomes and soon- multi-generational economic mobility through our Village Family Assistance Fund.
By providing culturally relative and data-driven, individualized developmental and academic support-
ELV Boys are provided an opportunity to become self-sustaining adults empowered to drive change within their own communities.
CRAFTING COMMUNITY SUPPORT.
Umoja, which is “Unity” in Swahili, is one of the core virtues that defines the concept and purpose of Eversley Little Village. As the village is redeveloped and wrapped around Black youth, Umoja will become part of their core belief about their community, culture, and personal values.
For generations, racist practices and systems that were designed to hinder progress of individuals and the Black community created a broken cycle; ELV breaks the cycle by creating the village community to sustain hope, accountability, and pride in culture. The village creates beloved community, safe community, healthy community, community that lives the culture, and community that prepares the next generation to create a different story.
ELV recognizes that it is essential for growing Black youth to have access to a network that strengthens them to succeed. ELV wraps community leaders and assets around each ELV Boy individually, in an all boy cohort, and each family as a whole with programming to follow them from 6th grade until graduation, guaranteeing that youth remain surrounded in compassion and possibility.
Community Facilitation & Public Policy
Action4Equity is a black-led, intentionally multi-racial coalition of educators, parents, students, faith leaders, and community members building a movement to advance racial equity for students in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in the areas of academic achievement, access to high quality instruction, and safe and healthy school environments. Using tools ranging from policy and advocacy to direct action, Action4Equity educates, applies pressure, and supports legal action to make real and lasting change within the Board of Education, WS/FCS administration, and in our local schools.
Triad Restorative Justice is an emerging community resource based in Winston-Salem, NC, with a mission to advance peace, equity and trust in our communities by responding to conflict, crime and injustice with effective restorative practices, education and community building.
Cultural & Leadership Development Programming
'Lit City U' is one prong of L.I.T. City's 4-pronged youth development work. Serving on the campus of about 6 schools we create space for students to have #realtalk (dialogue) about the issues that impact them most & help them develop critical consciousness. The following 4 questions are our main points of focus: 1) Who Am I? (Identity) 2) Why Am I Here? (Purpose) 3.) Where Am I Going? (Destiny) 4.) How does my identity, purpose, & destiny intersect with & impact the world around me for good? (Social Consciousness)
Academic Programming & Parent Engagement
TURN’s goal is to partner with local community schools and public housing, as well as local businesses, organizations and churches to reform our community. TURN believes that by partnering with the local churches, businesses and organizations, the organization can influence change, and the accomplishment of REFORMATION will be N-evitable.
We are currently accepting applications for our Village Advocacy Board. Advocacy Board members will advocate on behalf of ELV's policy priorities to include:
Dismantling criminal justice pipelines that disproportionately affects Black males
Ensuring every Black male student in WSFC/SS is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.
Increased responsive approaches targeting the elimination of education disparities among Black male students while promoting a culture of achievement among Black males.
Dismantling destructive narratives that perpetuate false identities of Black manhood
Increased access to economic development opportunities for Black males to support themselves and their families and the development of employment and entrepreneurship education and experience that will lead to high quality job readiness and business development opportunities now and in the future.
To learn more about this dynamic community activism please email: info@Action4EquityWS.org