Since early in our work, we recognized promising young people
are some of the most significant assets in our community.
When we first began offering youth after school leadership programming, we wanted to hold on to promising students as they grew older, offering them continued development as they grew into their potential as neighborhood leaders. This is why we refer to our two after school youth leadership initiatives collectively as a Youth Leadership Pipeline.
Research suggests that during summer break, students from low-income communities can lose as much as 1/3 of the academic progress gained during the school year compared with their peers from higher-income communities. Freedom School mitigates academic loss by keeping students engaged in learning throughout the summer and instilling a love of reading.
As a key piece of our community based value, Metanoia seeks to organize our neighborhood and advocate around issues that matter to our citizens. This is just another example of how we listen to our neighbors and let them drive our process. Since our inception, Metanoia has engaged in a number of grassroots advocacy efforts that organize our neighborhood for positive change.