Protecting Our Dignity (POD) in Education is a table of beloved organizations that center the voices of over 32,000 Black and Brown youth in Durham, North Carolina.
POD was born from the We Are The Ones (WATO) coalition. WATO initiated a mini grant process to support neighborhood-level efforts that were addressing the needs of deeply hurting communities suffering from the triple pandemic of poverty, violence, and the pandemic. That process yielded fifty submissions and most included addressing youth and their needs. POD was naturally formed to allow the coalition to expand its support of youth, the ways in which they learn, and open its arms to other organizations and community members who wish to do the same.
A multi-generational, Black and Brown-led coalition design team came together from August-December to create and refine a framework that was based on existing research, lived experiences, and what we’ve heard being on the ground with families, caregivers, and youth. The coalition discussed our collective dreams, vision, values, and came up with ideas for this framework. Then, we sat with those ideas, examined them, challenged them until we came to consensus on these priorities for our education framework.
The education framework includes 5 focus areas that outline our action plan. With your help over the next 3 months, we intend to identify the strategies, tactics and assets under each focus area that will result in an action plan for doing our work collectively.
Our Five Focus Areas
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Plan of Action
Over the next 3 months, we will look deeply into the 5 education focus areas by continuing to dig into existing research and talking collectively about opportunities for policy, system, program and community change. We will then align on interest, opportunity and map our assets—the real Durham heroes and organizations who influence youth and their educational experiences.