Where the journey begins and ends…
The journey begins and ends with Know Thyself. This command is written on the temples and universities of ancient Africa (Kemet) and is the guiding principle that all answers lie within. No amount of services will create safety, belonging, self-esteem until the young genius finds that safety within by knowing why they have come to this life, the purpose of their pain and the mission that is calling them.
What’s in your toolbox?
Know Thyself consists of a set of tools, which protect against the challenges of racism, trauma, and prevention of opportunity resulting from institutional bias. These tools empower the individual/group to look deep inside for the power to act beyond the forces they face. These tools provide a path to a different world view, mental models, and life narratives allowing meaning and wisdom to come forth. These biological, psychological (intrapsychic, cognitive, emotional, post-traumatic growth), social, and spiritual protective factors already exist, and will be further developed over the length of the course to enhance resilience, and unleash it into the brilliant future of the student.
Rectify the misconceptions…
Fundamental to the core issue of IDENTITY, Know Thyself goes back more than 10,000 years to rectify historical misconceptions about Black culture, and rectify the misconceptions of the young people about themselves. For these Black youth to KNOW THEMSELVES, they must know their culture, their religion, their language, their history. They must be able to connect their current cultural practices with that that existed for tens of thousands of years. They must connect to their ancestors, and the knowingness in their heart with historical truth. They must also connect with their sovereign self, so a central theme is the identification of gifts and talents, and the understanding that the source of financial abundance lies in the development of those gifts.