We strive to empower people to become successful in the future.
More and more we live in a society characterized by dichotomous thinking and propagated fear
of “the other.” This creates a culture of scarcity, which breeds fear, which naturally leads to
discrimination, shame, hate, and violence. A world defined by hate and violence, regardless of
whether that hate and violence is closeted or institutionalized, ultimately results in a subjective
feeling of danger – that there is no where safe, that there is no one trustworthy, that life is
nothing more than a daily struggle for shelter and food. Human beings cannot thrive when their
basic needs are not met, which is the necessary result of a culture of scarcity and fear.
We believe there is enough – enough safety, enough security, enough resources for every human
person to not only meet their potential, but to thrive – to create meaning not just for themselves,
but for their families and for their communities. We teach sessions about unequal resources,
communication, conflict resolution, intercultural awareness, and mental health because we
believe that what is good for others is also good for us, and that as global citizens we are
responsible for actively creating systems that allow the members of our communities to move
beyond the struggle for survival and achieve meaning, purpose, and joy. Whether we are
working with immigrant students in Washington, D.C., or youth from the foster care system, or
young refugees from the Middle East, our purpose is the same – to teach them that there are
adults who care about their wellbeing, and to instill in them both the knowledge and the belief
that they can partner with those adults to move their families and their communities beyond the
point of scarcity and mere survival, to a place of meaning and purpose.
We believe that education, awareness, and community partnership are the most powerful tools
we have to effect positive change in the world, and our goal is to infuse our communities with
the resources to create systems that allow everyone to thrive.