MISSION & VISION
We develop teens through transformative experiences
that cultivate belonging, life skills, and
connections to opportunities that grow leadership.
We believe in a future of healed and healthy humans
leading change in their communities.
The words “Healed" and "Healthy"
both come from the Old English hælþ,
which meant "wholeness."
To be healed and healthy, then,
means to be restored to a state of wholeness.
We know that there are innumerable ways
that the world eats away at our wholeness,
suppresses and oppresses certain parts of our identities,
and sets up barriers to self and community actualization.
And we know that personal health and
the ability to create authentic changes in the world
requires whole, powerful, and thriving human beings
able to live into all of their multiple identities and
to live into their full potentials.
“Healed humans” are able to utilize tools to overcome barriers to self-actualization and wholeness, including
implicit and explicit racist, ageist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, geographic, economic and other biases and discriminations;
lack of equitable access to healthy food, physical and mental health resources, school resources, job and higher education opportunities, green spaces, and restorative justice practices, especially in communities of color; and
even, existentially, newer technological and biological factors like social media and the pandemic that can cause isolation and a lack of a sense of belonging.
“Healthy humans” are able to implement lifestyle habits to meet and sustain their needs in all areas of life--physical, mental, spiritual--not only to survive but to thrive.
"Humans leading change in their communities" means that they are able to recognize what is not healed or healthy in their communities and can become active agents for positive change and community actualization.