Change What We’re Developing
Cultivate inner development in children so that they develop self-awareness and can explore their relationship with the world.
Wellbeing in the United States primarily focuses on health and protection from physical harm. Yet, this narrative fails to acknowledge that a fundamental part of growing up with wellbeing is meeting both physical and emotional needs.
Children must develop a strong sense of identity and the lifelong skills of empathy and curiosity. This is possible by fostering their self-awareness and ability to reflect on themselves and their surroundings.
Children with these skills are equipped to create change that is thoughtful and intentional in the world.
Rainbow Community School
Spirituality has all but been lost in mainstream American culture. Rainbow Community School was founded to re-ground future generations in the sacred by nurturing four connections—connection to self, community, the natural world, and most fundamentally, the spiritual. The School’s culture of deep introspection builds a community that enables students to embrace their whole selves.
Every morning at Rainbow Community School starts with a period of “centering” where classes take time to practice mindfulness at the start of their day. Students start leading morning “centering” in seventh grade and faculty meetings all start with a centering exercise. Rainbow Community School promotes a culture of empathy as well, encouraging connections to nature in elementary school and involvement in service learning projects in middle school.
Village of Wisdom
Ninety-three percent of Black children face discrimination from their peers, staff and teachers in schools, according to Village of Wisdom. This harsh reality means that for many children of color in the school system, the pursuit of education goes hand-in-hand with racism and the invalidation of their experience.
To center and celebrates Black Genius, Village of Wisdom offers parents the space, time, and tools to think about how to impart cultural confidence in their kids. Black Genius community events invite parents to determine how they want to nurture the talents, intellect, and creativity of their children. Village of Wisdom pairs the reflective space with political education so parents have the tools to advocate for a more inclusive environment for children of color in the school system.
Nurturing Black Genius builds children’s sense of self and equips them to navigate a society which seeks to erase them while strengthening social fabric and community activism to advocate for equitable and just systems.
Changemakers everywhere, young and old, need powerful self-awareness to create lasting positive impact in their relationships and their communities.
A culture of children’s wellbeing is built on the skills of self-reflection and empathy, allowing children to value themselves, their peers, and their communities.
“At Rainbow we talk about inbreath and outbreath times. As changemakers, we have to have those inbreath times, when we go inward and we work on healing, and developing our inner life. Otherwise we'll burn out, and we really can't make a difference if we burn out."
– Renee Owens, Change Leader, Executive Director, Rainbow Community School