Change Who We're Caring For
Design solutions and systems that address both children’s wellbeing and the wellbeing of the adult caregivers in their lives.
When children do not have safe and secure relationships with their caregivers from an early age it triggers a lifetime of difficulty building quality relationships.
Adult caregivers, whether it be parents, educators, physicians, counselors, or mentors, need support systems to help navigate their identities and emotions. This enables them to be fully aware of how their past experiences shape their current relationships with kids and provide care holistically.
By actively creating spaces where caregiving adults feel safe and supported, they can practice the skills necessary to cultivate emotional wellbeing in themselves and the children in their lives.
Teachers across the country are almost exclusively trained as technical instructors who deliver curriculum, although their work is deeply rooted in building and leveraging personal relationships. FuelEd recognizes that teachers received professional development in the technical components of their job, but never received the training and support to be the safe and secure caregivers in student’s lives.
Through one-on-one and group counseling sessions, FuelEd equips teachers with an emotional support system to help them unpack their own childhood experiences, emotional relationship history, and how these affect their relationships with their students everyday. In doing so, educators become more self-aware about their own attachment style and are better able to support the children they work with everyday.
Megan Marcus, Ashoka Fellow, Chief Executive Officer, FuelEd
With a healthcare system that often invalidates the experiences of Black women, the journey of pregnancy, birth, and raising children feels devaluing to so many mothers in the country. The Birthing Project steps in where the traditional healthcare system fails, providing Black mothers the peer-support networks, friendships, and education they needed to be healthy, self-aware, supportive parents.
The Birthing Project relies on the power of Sisterfriends. Expecting mothers are each paired with a Sisterfriend, another mother in the community who has been through the experience of pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. Sisterfriends support the expecting mothers in navigating the pregnancy process and planning for the birth of her child. The meaningful relationships and tight-knit networks build by The Birthing Project ensure that expecting mothers get adequate nutrition, attend doctor’s appointments and parenting classes, and are emotionally supported before entering motherhood.
With an educational attainment and opportunity gap facing Latino children, Abriendo Puertas leverages the power of parents to build a more equitable society.
Through deep listening sessions, Abriendo Puertas co-creates educational training programs and curriculum with Latino parents to tap their expertise as leaders and caregivers. Parents also play an active role in delivering the training, both in Spanish and English, for other parents in the communities.
Abriendo Puertas’ peer-to-peer learning model and targeted leadership development empowers Latino parents to play active roles in their children’s development and to focus on their own wellbeing as caregivers. It hasn’t stopped there. The network of parents have organized to get involved in advocacy work, weighing in on issues of immigration, education, and health services in their communities.