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Community Events

Practical Activism Conference
10:30 AM10:30

Practical Activism Conference

  • UCSC College Nine And College Ten Multipurpose Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Abundant Activism is presenting at the 14th Annual Practical Activism Conference, in the 'Empowering Young Children in Social Justice Activism' Workshop!

The 14th Annual Practical Activism Conference is a day-long event organized by UCSC students from Colleges 9, 10, and Oakes. The conference includes 10 different workshops that focus on various social justice issues, special sessions that highlight issues not covered in workshops, a motivational keynote speaker, spoken word artists, and other great resources. The purpose of the conference is to bring awareness about current social issues to students, university faculty, and community members at large. Not only is Practical Activism a day filled with meaningful information, PAC planners also provide participants with tools they can use practically in the real world to showcase their activism. Save the date and join us on this beautiful day! More information about the conference will be later confirmed. 

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Community Teach-In
10:00 AM10:00

Community Teach-In

We will engage youth ages 3 - 13 and their adult allies in the Movement for Black Lives in an age-appropriate and accessible way! While adults engage in community dialogue, children will participate in interactive learning stations and identity group breakout sessions. They will be invited to organize a youth-led action that will take place on Black Friday

Co Hosts: 
Rice and Beans
SURJ Youth and Family
Sama Sama
Our Family Coalition


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Teachers 4 Social Justice Conference 2016
9:00 AM09:00

Teachers 4 Social Justice Conference 2016

Abundant Beginnings will be tabling at the resource fair during the Teachers for Social Justice Conference 2016! 

Teachers 4 Social Justice is a grassroots non-profit teacher support and development organization in San Francisco.  T4SJ is project of the Community Initiative Fund. Each year hundreds of educators both locally and nationally gather to network, explore empowering learning environments and develop a professional learning community.  

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10:00 AM10:00

Childrens Town Hall

We believe that our youth deserve a voice in this election! While the adults are at the BLM Town Hall and Candidate Forum, we are hosting a concurrent Children’s Town Hall, where youth ages 5 - 14* will be able to learn about the current Movement for Black Lives and practice ways they can use their power and voice to influence this election! They will do this through interactive play and learning stations, identity group break out sessions, and organizing a youth led campaign.

*Childcare will be provided for kids age 5 and below

Please register your children and young folks here:

The Children’s Town Hall is a collaboration between Abundant Beginnings, Rice and Beans Cooperative, Sama Sama Cooperative, Radical Monarchs, Our Family Coalition, Bay Area SURJ, Coleman Advocates, and others.

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Teach In: Play, Power, and Privilege
9:30 AM09:30

Teach In: Play, Power, and Privilege



Reading tent and art table will be available all day

9:00 AM

Arrival and coffee

9:30 AM

Welcome circle

10:00 AM

Exploring privilege activities

Families will self-select into either the Solidarity Sea Lion or PoC Polar Bear group and move through stations with interactive activities

11:45 AM

Lunch & Mini-Dance party

12:15 PM

Exploring power activities & games for children. Adult ally workshops will be offered for Solidarity Sea Lions (hosted by SURJ) and  PoC Polar Bears


Closing circle


Name *
Have you attendend an Abundant Activism teach in before? *
Do you need help with transportation?
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Future Facilitators Training
11:00 AM11:00

Future Facilitators Training

The Future Facilitator program is for youth ages 10 to 15 who are ready to step out of the role of camper and into leadership. The duties of the Future Facilitators are similar to those of a CIT (counselor in training): they help the campers with activities and help other Facilitators in gathering all the children together. Most importantly, their role  is to be a model of how a good community member manages themselves, treats others and contributes to the world around them. Youth will have positive examples of adulthood and be able to continue to play, learn, and enjoy their late childhood. We are excited to help our Future Facilitators in taking on leadership roles, to guide them as they take on responsibility for a project they are interested in, teach the campers how to play a game they love, and further their knowledge on how to peacefully help in a time of conflict.

In this initial training, Future Facilitators will: 

  1. Meet and connect with the 2016 cohort of Future Facilitators
  2. Engage in dialogue about Social Justice and community action 
  3. Learn how to practice inclusivity with Abundant Beginnings community members

Please note: This is the first training within a series. Later trainings will focus on the development of facilitation and leadership skills, child development, and summer project planning!  

Youth Name *
Youth Name
Birthdate *
Parent Name *
Parent Name
Are you currently registred for the Future Facilitators program *
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9:00 AM09:00

Teach In: Reconstructing History Deconstructing Power


Black Families and Black Kids (ages 4-10) and those who raise them are invited to a teach-in and conversation about #blacklivesmatter, #reclaimingkingslegacy, and other current relevant issues for our community.

Allies are also invited to the teach-in to have conversations about how to be an ally and #blacklivesmatter #solidarity.


These teach-ins will help families talk to our children about the historical and continuing injustices facing the black community and also discuss how to move forward.



  • Please bring snacks and water bottles. Also sunscreen for those who use it.

  • Bring blankets, chairs or pillows to sit on. Seating will NOT be provided.

  • If you have food, stories, or wisdom to share, please feel free to bring it along to add to the mix!





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Black Urban Farmers Confrence
to Oct 18

Black Urban Farmers Confrence


Black Urban Growers (BUGS)  is an organization of volunteers committed to building networks and community support for growers in both urban and rural settings. Through education and advocacy around food and farm issues, we nurture collective black leadership to ensure we have a seat at the table.


2015 Black Urban Growers and Farmers

Youth & Children's Programing



Abundant Beginnings will be providing drop off child care (covered with infant registration) for children 2 months to 5 years old. Healthy snacks, toys and developmentally appropriate projects will be available. There will also be quiet space for feeding infants and for young children to nap. Preschool aged children will be able to move between child care and the children's zone throughout the day with their designated facilitator to engage in projects and read stories with the older children.  


Children's Freedom Village

Grow your own plants, learn about grey water systems and alternative energy. Talk about all different kinds of PEOPLE POWER! The children's zone has rotating projects,open art stations,  books, workshops games and exhibits for young folks ages 5-12. Focused on growing, farming and social justice. Parents and caregivers are welcome to hang out in the Children's Freedom Village with their children   or can drop off while they participate in other aspects of the conference.


Youth Cohort

Youth (ages 13-22) at BUGs will have opportunities to learn from the elders at the conference while also learning new things on their own. After the opening ceremony, all youth attending are invited to show off their culinary skills in an iron chef competition. Each young person will work in a group to create a dish that represents their families, communities, or heritage. Saturday will be filled with games, workshops, and cooking. Sunday we will announce the best recipe and take pictures of the winning team!   




Childcare (2 months - 5 years old): $40 per child

    *Please fill out form after registering:

Access  to childcare room when open

    drop of childcare during the conference

    list of childcare providers for night time babysitting

    Healthy snacks thought the child care day


Children's Freedom Village (6- 12 Years old): 30$ for first child , 20$ siblings

    Access to Children's Freedom Village Thought conference

    Workshops and presentation specify for children

    drop off care

    Conference meals


Youth Cohort: 13-23 years old: $120, POC scholarship $30    

    Ticket to the Convening

Specialized youth track During Conference

    Conference Meals





Thursday October 15th,  

ChildCare- Closed

Children's Freedom Village- Closed

Youth Cohort - No Scheduled programming

    * Children and youth are welcome on the Farm Tours


Friday October 16th,

    ChildCare- open 8:30-4:00

Children's Freedom Village- Closed

Youth Cohort - Invited to attend Black and Brown Convening


Saturday October 17th


open 8:00-12:00 and 1:00-5:30

Closed for Lunch 12:00-1:00

Children's Freedom Village

    Open 10:30-12:00 and 2:00-5:30

Youth Cohort

    Arrival  8:00

Dismissal 4:00


Sunday October 18th



open 8:00-3:00

*please provide Lunch for your child or pickup during brunch

Children's Freedom Village

    Open 8:00-11:30 and 12:00-2:15

Youth Cohort

    Arrival  8:30

Dismissal 1:30


Youth & Children's Programing organizers


Abundant Beginnings is a community education project focused on growing children rooted in trust and blossoming in independence. We work to build respect and instill trust on multiple levels: the individual level, the community level, and the environmental level. We provide high quality experienced caregivers.


Shayna Cureton is the founder and director of Abundant Beginnings an outdoor education project. With over 15 years experience working with children, Shayna is dedicated to improving how we educate our children and build communities using the lenses queer feminist theory, critical pedagogy and attachment research. She studied theater and child psychology at USC and is an avid urban farmer and Black activist.


Shamia Sandles has been working with youth in schools, community centers and churches for 10 years. She coordinates youth-led participatory action research projects and garden mentor programs assisting young adults to become stewards of healthy environments. She has experience managing after school programs, teaching cooking classes, gardening and conducting community-based research. She earned her BA in Anthropology and  African Diaspora Studies from Hamline University and her MA in Visual Anthropology from San Francisco State University.


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to Jul 26

Abundant Summers: Family Camping Trip

  • Anthony Chabot Regional park (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We are gearing up for camping this weekend. We will be hiking, fishing swimming *if it's not to cold* roasting smears and hot dogs, telling got stories and just relaxing and enjoying echoer and the beautiful redwoods right in our back yard.  We will be taking the kids on a hike after lunch so the parents can decide if the want to come or just enjoy some kid  free time. If you are not yet signed up please do so on the Abundant beginnings web sight!

Here is what you need to know:

Where:         Anthony Chabot 

        Two Rocks Group Camp-sight

        9999 Redwood Road

        Castro Valley, CA 94546


When:         Saturday, July 25th  9:00 AM-

        Sunday July 26th 12:00 pm 

Parking: We have parking passes-I will hand them out when you arrive. the gat code to get into our sight is 8338 please call if you are having any trouble (510-612-2283)

Food: we will be providing dinner for Saturday night and breakfast for Sunday morning. Saturday Lunch will be potluck style please bring sorting to share. Please also bring some snacks and drinks for your family.

Setup : We are asking that everyone bring their tent to camp  or drop it off at Shayna’s house by Friday Morning 9:00am. we will be setting up the tents, and cooking area on Friday. If you do not have  a tent or camping gear no problem let me know we have lost of extra! 

showers; no need to bring shampoo-this camp ground is primitive and does not have showers

Want even more S’more? Inserted in Joining us a night early? We will need some folks to help with set up on Friday, July 24th we will be arriving to the camp sight at 2:00 pm. We will set up the camp then enjoy the forest. If you are coming for set up please bring something to cook on the fire or the share for dinner.

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9:30 AM09:30

Future Facilitators Training

This will be a fun-filled day to welcome future facilitators, provide them with expectations for the summer, and help them become prepared for this leadership role. We will discuss individual projects, participate in non-violent communication training, play team-building games, and have time to explore the farm!

Be sure to bring a water bottle and cloths that can get messy.  Lunch will be provided.

We can't wait to share in your leadership journey!

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