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“ was about the practice of freedom.” 
― bell hooks, Teaching To Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

Over the past 4 years---2 of them being in a pandemic---Start:Empowerment has developed curricula, student activities, and field trips; invested in guest speakers,  student micro-grants, and community projects; and contributed to the budding careers of _____________working to liberate classrooms from the inside out.

“The classroom remains the most radical space of possibility in the academy...” 
― bell hooks, Teaching To Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

Our goal is to see the expanded use of a critical consciousness framework employed in classrooms to improve educational outcomes and student engagement, as well as create young community leaders.


We take inspiration from thinkers like Paulo Freire who, in his famous book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed, defined critical consciousness as the ability to recognize oppressive social forces shaping society and to take action against them. 

We LOVE bridging education and climate action.


And, so, by helping teachers build curriculums they are truly passionate about under this framework, in addition to, centering student voice, we can contribute to a society where everyone thrives

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