ALI is an evidence-based youth identity development program that transforms how teens of African descent see their world and their possibilities by first transforming how they see themselves. ALI is designed to improve life outcomes for Black youth by instilling cultural pride, increasing self-awareness, and facilitating critical thinking. The program consists of three core elements and culminates in a birthright trip to Ghana.
Part 1: Where do I come from?
Teens begin the journey of self-discovery by taking an African Ancestry DNA test. Female participants will trace their maternal lineage; male participants have the option to trace their maternal or paternal lineage.
Part 2: Where am I now?
ALI Scholars will explore their individual and collective identities through a customized skill building workshop called Crucial Conversations™. This world-class workshop is used in 300 of the Fortune 500 Companies. The conversations will serve as a reflective practice to foster self-awareness and improve public speaking, critical thinking, and relationship skills.
Part 3: Where can I grow from here?
Teens will participate in a series of facilitated conversations to help them unpack individual, group, and cultural constructs. Teens will explore ideas about how they see themselves both today and tomorrow. The goal is for youth to learn by doing – thinking critically, exercising curiosity, journaling, and challenging their own paradigms, biases, assumptions, and stereotypes.
Capstone: Birthright trip to Ghana
Scholars' ancestral DNA results are revealed during a Family Reunion celebration with family and friends. Teens then depart to experience the richness of African culture first hand, visit the historical sites of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and lead a community service project during a 14-day trip to Ghana. There, teens will also take time to reflect on their history and imagine their futures.
This homecoming also provides authentic, direct experience to help heal the divide between native born and diasporic Africans. And, help African American youth heal the divide within themselves.
By supporting ALI, you will:
1. Help operationalize the link between cultural pride and improved life outcomes for Black youth,
2. Be part of an innovative initiative that enables change from the inside out, and
3. Make a profound impact in the Black community.
These teenagers need your support to bring this program to fruition. You can help by making a tax-deductible donation today.