How can educators working in the afterschool space use resources from The 1619 Project to spark their students' creativity, teamwork, critical thinking, and media literacy skills? In this webinar, participants explored new educational resources and methods to help educators bring The 1619 Project into the afterschool space. In addition to examining the history and the legacy of slavery in the United States, these resources guide students in celebrating the contributions of Black Americans to democracy and exploring the genius of Black innovators and artists.
We were joined by experienced afterschool professionals Carlos Santini, Karlin Larkin, and Ashanti Branch, who shared about the utility of The 1619 Project resources in afterschool spaces, how they foster safe and inclusive spaces for students when exploring difficult themes, and more.
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Learn more about the presenters:
Carlos Santini, CEO of Mizzen by Mott. Santini leads and helps grow the Mizzen app as a key resource in elevating the quality of afterschool programs for young people across the United States. For nearly two decades, Santini has worked closely with school districts, foundations, corporations, and local, state and national leaders to expand the scope and improve the quality of afterschool programming for young people. He previously served as executive vice president of programs for After-School All-Stars, a national nonprofit offering comprehensive afterschool programs for middle school youth in 19 cities across the country. Prior to that, Santini was the associate executive director for After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles, one of California’s most influential expanded learning programs. He serves on the board of the National Afterschool Association and is a featured presenter at national conferences, showcasing best practices in the expanded learning field.
Karlin Larkin, Chief Academic Officer of Village Education Tutors Foundation. Larkin previously served as Assistant Director of Early Head Start with The Lutheran Social Services, where she passionately co-led the expansion of programs with the goal of providing quality educational opportunities, early intervention, continuity of care, and equitable facilities for low-income families. She also founded Speaking for Success, a non-profit organization in St. Croix for young ladies ages 10 to 17 years old. This organization was geared toward increasing self-affirmation, gaining career skills, training in public speaking, and fostering social and emotional skills. Most recently, she worked with the Baltimore City School District and Mastery Charter Schools as Director of Literacy, providing strategic leadership based on a targeted vision for student achievement. Larkin has been named a 2021-2022 member of the Pulitzer Center's 1619 Project Education Network.
Ashanti Branch, Founder and Executive Director of the Ever Forward Club. Ashanti started The Ever Forward Club to provide a support group for African American and Latino males, who were not achieving to the level of their potential. Since then, the Ever Forward Club has grown to serve both young men and women and become a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Ever Forward Club has helped 100% of its members graduate high school and 93% of them have gone on to attend college. With over 19 years mentoring youth and 10 of those years as a math teacher educating inner city youth, Ashanti was awarded with a Fulbright Exchange Fellowship to India, a Rotary Club Cultural Ambassadorial Fellowship to Mexico and a 2010 Teacher of the Year Award from the Alameda-Contra Costa County Math Educators. Mr. Branch is on a mission to change the way that students interact with their education and the way schools interact with students.
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