AYA is proud to extend our internationally praised academic, social, and family healing project to black families everywhere.
Every family has "lore”. Those beloved sayings grandma used to say. Stories of love, migration, racism, survival. In AYA’s family-lore project, students engage deeply with this lore.
Through dialogue with their parents and family elders, students collect family proverbs, sayings, writings, stories. Through reflection, discussion, writing and analysis of that lore, they grow academically while deepening their appreciation and connection to their families and Black culture.
The project has five phases. It starts with students (1) collecting stories and gaining family trust, then (2) sharpening their research and interviewing skills. (3) Storytelling for critical thinking is next, followed by (4) storytelling for academic and social healing. The last phase (5) is when the student becomes a keeper of family stories - a Djali (Griot).
In our brand new Cyber Site, students and their families come together - online - every other Saturday and engage this process.
We begin January 19th.