Action on Black Friday
Keep an eye out for news of our youth-led action happening on Black Friday! Details will be shared on our Abundant Beginnings Facebook Page
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.
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
Rice and Beans
SURJ Youth and Family
Our Family Coalition
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.
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: goo.gl/bIWk8n
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.
Abundant Activism partnered with our family coalition to bring you #Stonewall was a Riot. Pride Celebrations honor the direct action at the Stonewall Inn in 1969. In the Pride Children's and Family Garden, we shared fun and educational activities centered on safe and inclusive direct action for kids.
A PLAY-BASED ACTION FOR CHILDREN AGES 4-10 AND THEIR ADULT ALLIES. THIS TEACH-IN WILL EXPLORE THE DYNAMICS OF POWER AND PRIVILEGE, HOW THEY SHOW UP IN OUR COMMUNITIES, AND BRAINSTORM TOOLS TO DISMANTLE THEM.
Reading tent and art table will be available all day
Arrival and coffee
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
Lunch & Mini-Dance party
Exploring power activities & games for children. Adult ally workshops will be offered for Solidarity Sea Lions (hosted by SURJ) and PoC Polar Bears
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:
- Meet and connect with the 2016 cohort of Future Facilitators
- Engage in dialogue about Social Justice and community action
- 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!
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!
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 (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): $40 per child
*Please fill out form after registering: podio.com/webforms/13247683/900554
Access to childcare room when open
drop of childcare during the conference
list of childcare providers for night time babysitting
Healthy snacks thought the child care day
Children's Freedom Village (6- 12 Years old): 30$ for first child , 20$ siblings
Access to Children's Freedom Village Thought conference
Workshops and presentation specify for children
drop off care
Youth Cohort: 13-23 years old: $120, POC scholarship $30
Ticket to the Convening
Specialized youth track During Conference
Thursday October 15th,
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
Sunday October 18th
*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 & 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.
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.
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!
This is a chance for all campers (returning and new) to get to know each other and begin to build community. This is also a great opportunity for families considering our camps to get to know us, so feel free to invite friends!
Light snacks provided