The Gift Foundation, Inc. approach to developing strategies brings together different frameworks. Our approach integrates current and contextual theory with applicable strategies in the classroom. We connect content with current events and examine the ways in which challenging topics in the classroom can be broken down. We align purpose and objectives with dynamic learning strategies and diverse and intersectional content.
Facilitating who we are with purpose and intention can be difficult in the classroom. How do we engage our own learning with the learning that happens in the classroom back to our community? Our identities are fluid and how we think and what we believe is constantly in motion. Through collaboration we consider what freedom means for each teacher, community organizer, or artist, how they embody their practice of freedom in the space they occupy, and who serves as their frame of influence.
Creativity is a medium for knowledge, allowing the production of knowledge to become more fluid as it sparks further ideas. It is an influential tool for the production of knowledge in the community. When a community creates with intention, the ability to see the world in new ways is greater. Creativity expands awareness, making connections between unlike things and producing something new. Collaborating is a form of bridging our ideas to impact the world in greater ways.
Supporting educators and community organizers who are striving to build intentional strategies to facilitate learning that inspires community action that practice inclusion, diverse cultural visions of social justice that impact the production of knowledge. The “Personal” is grounded on the belief that personal experiences and stories are valuable for creating new and alternative ways of navigating knowledge. The “Personal” can be traced to one’s location within a system of power relationships. Sharing “personal” stories generate new knowledge that inform community building.
At the center of organizing for social change through intentional literacy is the commitment to cultivate joy with others in the process. Finding meaning through learning with others and living together the results of those actions establishes a sense of belonging. The sense of community in any movement for the production of knowledge in community drives members to thrive instead of survive.
‘Advocacy’ means different things to different people. It can also look different in different spaces. It is about calling for change and guiding decision makers towards solutions. It refers to the different ways we can build support to bring about action for change. It involves educating and informing leaders and decision makers to address the root causes of problems and to generate long-term sustainable solutions. Advocacy is important because it addresses the root causes of problems by directly engaging with questions. Action addresses the practices to improve people’s lives while navigating through possible answers.
Addressing radical social and structural change through intentional literacy impacts the strategies of resistance and tools for healing we carry with us and develop over time. Literacy is a factor that influences health outcomes across communities. When communities also learn about their personal and collective health during the process of advocating for their wellbeing, the rate of action taken by the community for social justice increases. Learning how to thrive in the midst of uncertainty and search for knowledge is a skill to reimagine what radical social justice and change look like. Resistance is a healing in process. Healthy communities participate in resistance strategies to ensure their community is heard and re-remembered.