Forward Through Ferguson board, staff, and former Ferguson Commissioners // Photo by Lawrence Bryant
I recently concluded my tenure as the interim Lead Catalyst/Executive Director ofForward Through Ferguson. It was such an amazing year with the team, board, and so many committed partners. Before I transitioned to full time at WEPOWER, I had the great pleasure of designing and launching a three-year #STL2039 Action Plan. Take a look! Engage. This important work is not possible without your action, belief, and radical collaboration!
Class of 2015 InspireSTL scholars graduation ceremony // Photo by Chuck Olu-Alabi
Last fall, InspireSTL selected Adam Layne as their new Director. Adam is a Teach For America-St. Louis Alum and previously served as InspireSTL’s Director of Scholar Support & College Access. In this role, Adam designed and launched college access and support programming. He led the first cohort of scholars towards 100% high school graduation and four-year college acceptance, and secured millions of dollars in scholarships and grants. I am so thrilled that his entrepreneurial spirit, brilliance, passion, and charisma will now drive forward the work of ensuring our scholars thrive in school and beyond.
To date, inspireSTL has inducted and now supports eight cohorts of scholars, ranging from seventh graders to rising college seniors! Adam wanted to be sure you knew:
Our Spring 2018 Education Power Building Academy launched this weekend! We are working with a cohort of 28 north city residents–power-builders, who are participating in our six-month Academy, which is facilitated out of the new Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being. Power-builders will work to develop fundamental leadership skills, build community, and organize towards policy change that improves our city’s public education system.
The first weekend of the Academy was powerful. We developed shared language around key terms like educational equity, power, and systems change led by organizers and facilitators Brittini Gray and Kristian Blackmon.
On Saturday morning we headed out to visit sites up and down the North city and downtown. Washington University's Bob Hansman guided a tour that grounded the Academy in local history. Later in the day, we engaged in an Interrupting Racism training facilitated by NCCJ. We shared with each other why we joined the academy. Power-builders connected with one question in particular: Who in your life has driven you to work for educational equity? This work is deeply personal, and we love having the chance to build roots with our new crew!
After a weekend of intense learning, growing, and community building together, we are beyond thrilled to celebrate that as a result of April’s Academy experiences:
Here are a few snapshots from the kick-off.
And we're off! See you all later tonight.
Eyes on the Future, Knowing What’s at Stake: As FTF begins the search for its next Executive Director/Lead Catalyst, our current leader offers 4 insights, 3 opportunities, and 2 pieces of advice.
A Different St. Louis Requires a Different Kind of Leadership: Reflections on Forward Through Ferguson’s meeting with the Mayor and the desperate need for transformational leadership in St. Louis.
Here's an op-ed to revisit written in August 2014 by our CEO, many of our board members and power-builders alongside dear friends. Onward!