The Pulitzer Center is excited to welcome 14 amazing educators into our 1619 Afterschool Partnership program! These educators will explore how The 1619 Project and other underreported stories can sharpen students’ critical thinking, empathy, and communication skills in out-of-school time programs. The cohort represents 13 afterschool programs serving students of all grade levels in ten states and a wide range of settings, including community centers, youth mentorship programs, and academic clubs.
The 1619 Afterschool Partnership launched in March 2022 with a spring pilot program in response to afterschool educators sharing enthusiasm for the project, as well as the need for support and community-building opportunities in order to implement the 1619 resources in an engaging, rigorous, and affirming way.
[The 1619 Afterschool Partnership] reignited my passions for teaching through a social justice lens…[The 1619 Project] is an amazing resource for people who are passionate about teaching students historical truths, which is especially necessary in this current political climate.
Carmela, returning 1619 Afterschool Partner
Partners will engage in professional development workshops during fall 2022 with a community of afterschool educators, the Pulitzer Center education team, and 1619 Project contributors. Workshops will prepare Partners to lead activities that engage students in an examination of the legacy of enslavement in U.S. systems and society and the contributions of Black Americans, which they will facilitate as part of their afterschool programming in winter 2023.
Partners will draw on activities designed to engage students in interactive explorations of The 1619 Project by centering hands-on learning and student voice. The activities are available to all educators for free on Mizzen, a platform that helps afterschool professionals deliver exciting learning opportunities that inspire, engage, and empower young learners. Partners will adapt these activities to meet their programs’ learning goals and their students’ needs.
Below, explore some of the goals our 1619 Afterschool Partners are working toward through this program.
The 1619 Afterschool Partnership program is made possible through the support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which has supported efforts to create high-quality educational opportunities for young people, particularly in underserved communities, for over 80 years.