Building Capacity through Authentic & Equitable Relationships
Transformation begins with knowledge and awareness. The Learning Web team applies this principle to our vision to create opportunities outside of school where young people can learn by doing with the support of caring adult mentors. According to social justice and nonprofit experts, authentic partnerships require clear shared goals, transparency, and an appreciation of the diverse contributions each partner makes as well as the supports needed to participate as equals in leadership, power, resources, risk, and recognition. We know that youth participants are better served when our network of community collaborators share in this understanding.
Since our last update we’ve focused on building deeper, authentic, and equitable relationships with our partners in order to build the capacity of our programs that touch hundreds of youth and young adults every year. These relationships are at the core of our mission and remain the foundation of our work.
To remain purposeful and appreciative, many of our core partners are highlighted in this newsletter. From an apprenticeship at the Hanger Theatre, a middle-school community service project serving Challenge Workforce Solutions, and an Ithaca Journal news article highlighting our community’s need for homeless prevention services – each help us build our capacity to support young people.
One unique partnership with Cornell University and the ACT for Youth Center for Community Action assists us in sharing the voices of our most vulnerable youth through the Independent Living Survey, a participatory research project that generates both community awareness and critical resources to prevent and end youth homelessness.
We hope these stories transform your understanding of our work and we invite you to join us in relationship wherever we might find common and equitable work in service to youth.