Educational institutions are products of systemic policies that have contributed to various discriminatory practices that affect youth and communities similarly and differently. What if in school students developed complex analyses regarding poverty, racism, homophobia, discrimination, bullying, and more?
We engage students in sustaining in-depth and sophisticated research through which they become community leaders in ethical problem-solving. Community Allies LLC has developed programs for youth that incorporate digital technologies to map the kind of development that provides for the best community-centered housing opportunities for residents.
This is to address the housing inequality issue that has plagued STL for the longest time. The youth capture place-based oral histories and present their research at working group meetings. Our ethnodrama programs provide youth and adults a level of nurturing that curtails naïve conceptions regarding race, which are extremely prevalent in the community.
Students are encouraged to engage in vulnerable conversations regarding inequality issues which are extremely prevalent. They work together with audiences to come up with lasting actions they can take to work towards solutions to housing and other community challenges.
We have learned that businesses need these processes too and that schools and businesses need bridges to one another. We have translated what we do with ethnodrama into an agile method, Honoring Stories and Integrating Curriculum™. We engage change-making teams in learning together communication and community research processes that help them learn with communities they want to serve how to develop better products, services, and communication practices.
Teams build inclusive, innovative teams who identify and solve pressing problems with communities. In the process, they also orient towards needed organizational cultural shifts. Change-making teams help transform company cultures to become even more inclusive and innovative and they contribute to the building of diverse talent pipelines.
Sarah Hobson, Ph.D. specializes in supporting teams, departments and schools, businesses, and government agencies in building inclusive innovative change-making communities who understand how to connect well with and join diverse populations in providing needed sustainable resources for all youth and families.