January 12, 2020 @ 3:00PM — April 5, 2020 @ 3:00PM
Join 900+ Families committed to talking about race and racism and working toward a more equitable St. Louis
We Stories Family Learning Program: Description and Details
Our family learning program introduces St. Louisans to compelling works of children's literature that feature diverse characters, provides supportive resources and materials to help start and strengthen family conversations about race and racism, and fosters community building around these topics. You have the opportunity to join us in creating a new story for our children and our city.
WHAT IS THE COMMITMENT TO PARTICIPATE?
The We Stories Family Learning Program is a 3-month commitment and includes:
• Attendance at three primary events: (Launch, Parent Conversation, and Moving Up Day) These events are strongly encouraged. We know that life happens but hope that you will highly prioritize these engagements.
• Children’s books (A starter library of four books per age-range is included, and additional titles are available through local libraries or for purchase at local stores such as EyeSeeMe & Novel Neighbor)
• Parent Resources & Family Curriculum (Ongoing access to a growing library of curriculum)
• Online discussion via a closed Facebook group
• Additional casual gatherings and discussion opportunities
• Completion of a survey at the end of the program
• Access upon completion to a growing network of families who are engaged in regional racial equity efforts
WHEN SHOULD I BE AVAILABLE?
The primary event dates for cohort are:
1. Launch Event - The event be on a Sunday from 3:00-5:00pm, you are asked to make a two hour commitment in that window and, after registration is complete, will be invited to sign up in advance for a 30 minute parent workshop time slot.
2. Parent Conversation - One Evening or Morning 4-7 weeks after Launch
(Please choose one of the following dates: February 12, 7:00-9:00pm, February 20, 7:00-9:00pm, February 25, 9:30-11:30am, and March 3, 7:00-9:00pm)
3. Moving Up Day - This event will also be on a Sunday from 3:00-5:00pm
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE?
We ask that participating families contribute a program fee of $150 as well as consider making an additional contribution towards the full cost of running our Family Learning Program.
There is a lot of value condensed across this 12 week period and it takes a lot of infrastructure, intention and investment to deliver the full impact that this program is designed to achieve. Yes, of course there are book costs and materials fees. But this program is about much, much more. It's about helping families access opportunities for lasting change and growth and engagement. It's about helping YOU be a part of moving the needle on racial equity in our region in ways that are needed and necessary. Our approach requires that we provide a lot of personal connection and support. It requires that we stay closely tethered to the latest research and understanding of racial socialization, bias formation, educational practices, community change, and civic engagement. It requires that we continue to invest in building deep community relationships with leaders and organizations who both inform and benefit from our work.
In short, it takes a lot to do this work well and in ways that deliver value for our community and our region. All in, it can cost us up to $1000 or more per family per cohort to power the year-round community infrastructure we need to make the change we desire. As a non-profit organization we seek grant funding to off-set costs for each cohort. The amount we receive varies but there is always a critical funding gap that requires additional fundraising. We ask you to consider adding a donation to your registration or selecting the "I CAN DO MORE" or "ALL IN" ticket to help close this gap and fully power this experience! We've been able to catalyze an incredible amount of impact in a short amount of time because participating families understand that we must invest energetically, emotionally, and financially to make real change possible.
IS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE?
It's important to us that that this program is accessible to everyone who sees the value in our work.Thanks to a generous gift from Eugene and Debra Horwitz, We Stories' Scholarship Fund was established to honor the memory of Zelma Horwitz (August 2, 1925-July 16, 2016), the grandmother to one of the organization's founders and a lifelong supporter of arts, literature and culture. Zelma held a particular fondness for Native American arts and multicultural literature, and introduced these topics to her grandchildren. She was a docent at the Detroit Institute of Art and volunteer at the Heard Museum of American Indian Art and History in Phoenix, Arizona for many years.
The Zelma Horwitz Scholarship Fund allows all families that wish to participate to do so regardless of financial circumstance. To apply for a full or partial scholarship please select the appropriate ticket above and fill out the form that will sent be to your email. You will be hearing from us soon!