Because #TheEdCollabGathering is a day of free learning, we invite you to donate what you would have spent on coffee, lunch, or even registration for an amazing day like this—pay the joy forward to support others.
Our adopted charities* for the Spring 2017 #TheEdCollabGathering are Urban Word NYC, Philadelphia Urban Creators, and The Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility.
Chosen by our Opening Keynote Speakers, Phil Bildner, Elizabeth Acevedo, & Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, for their essential work. Below read about the reasons these charities have inspired today’s speakers.
Urban Word NYC is a non-profit organization in New York City that celebrates the voices and stories of over 15,000 young people a year by providing free workshops, open mics, poetry slams, and mentorship. The organization offers young people the opportunity to hone their craft in non-competitive spaces and provides stages for them to declare their truths.
Elizabeth Acevedo joined Urban Word NYC when she was fifteen years old and throughout high school, they were one of the primary groups that encouraged her to develop her writing. From hip-hop workshops to tradition form workshops, from renown New York City venues to national stages, Urban Word NYC has consistently demonstrated the belief that “teenagers can and must speak for themselves.” Elizabeth’s debut young adult novel (The Poet X, Harper Collins, 2018) is about a New York City teen discovering her voice through poetry slam. It’s safe to say she owes much of her trajectory to Urban Word NYC.
The Urban Creators is a grassroots organization rooted in North Philadelphia, transforming neglected landscapes into dynamic safe-spaces that foster connectivity, self-sufficiency, and innovation. The groups calls “Life Do Grow Farm” their home. They are community organizers who utilize urban agriculture, interest-based learning, artistic expression, restorative justice, and celebration as tools for neighborhood stabilization and youth development. Through this process, they are equipping a wide range of stakeholders with the skills, tools, pedagogy, and networks to take the health of their communities into their own hands, while igniting a generation of civically engaged growers, innovators, and urban creators.
Phil’s connection to this organization is Alex Epstein. Alex is one of the founders of PUC. As a sophomore in high school a decade ago, Alex traveled with Phil on his first post-Katrina trip to New Orleans. Ever since (and even before), Alex has been using his life skills and experiences to spread his social justice message. Not surprisingly, Alex attended the same high school as Elizabeth!
Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility works with schools and families throughout New York City (and beyond) to promote social-emotional learning, anti-bias education, and conflict resolution. With programs and free lesson plans that “help all members of a school community (students, school staff, and parents) develop essential life skills and create a more positive and productive learning environment,” Morningside practitioners and philosophy consistently demonstrate respect for young people and acknowledge the realities of their worlds. The work that Morningside does amplifies and empowers student voices, encourages critical and creative thinking, and offers meaningful support to the educators who work with our children every day.
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich has been a huge fan of Morningside for years. As Olugbemisola puts it, “they are OGs whose work has endured.” In these times, it’s grass roots organizations such as these that need our support.
The Educator Collaborative is proud to adopt Urban Word NYC, Philadelphia Urban Creators, & Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility during our event and hope you will consider donating to these, or any other, important causes.
Pay the Joy Forward!
*Disclaimer: All “adopted charities” are identified by the United States Internal Revenue Service (US IRS) as 501(c)(3) charitable organizations at the time of their selection to the Gathering. View additional data reported to the US IRS by searching the Just Give database (quick results), ProPublica database (records download), or by visiting IRS.gov for information. The charities listed on this website are offered only as suggestions, a decision to donate is your personal choice. By clicking on third-party links that take you outside of The Educator Collaborative family of websites or by making a donation to these or any other charities, through any means, you (a) acknowledge that you are doing so of legal age in your jurisdiction and (b) agree to thoroughly vet a charity before making a donation and (c) you indemnify and hold harmless The Educator Collaborative, LLC, and the presenters listed on this website, and their officers, assigns, members, and staff, from any claims, damages, or other harms arising from your actions.
Supporting charitable causes makes a big difference in their ability to sustain and serve. As with all charitable giving, do your research and when you feel confident in your decision, give what you can.