During Resilience Café, students learn about resilient heroes from the past and present, focusing on African-American history from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement.
Current Version: April 22, 2014
Many students who struggle the most in the classroom are often forced to be resilient in their lives outside of the classroom. In the past, the struggles that they faced and overcame outside the walls of the classroom often remained separate and unrecognized.
The Resilience Café project brings those struggles from the outside into the classroom to be recognized and celebrated for the impact they have on students and the strength they build. The project seeks to connect stories of resilience from history with stories of resilience from our communities and our personal lives.
During Resilience Café, students learn about resilient heroes from the past and present, focusing on African-American history from the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement. Students explore together what it means to be resilient and the music, art, literature, and work that can be born out of resilience. They identify specific attributes to celebrate and communicate. Students connect a resilient historical figure, a resilient community member and their own personal story of resilience through writing and spoken word poetry. They honor their resilient community members by inviting them to a night of celebration through spoken word performances.