Tuesday, August 6, 2013

National Championship! Want Some of This?

College admissions want to know what national championships
your child has  won!

Your child needs to know how they stack up, not just on a paper and pencil test, but in face-2-face state-wide and national competition in areas they love and in which they are strong.

Our students are active ACTSO participants and very often state and national champions. 

We're small, mobile and powerful!

Ife Madzimoyo
national champion as an AYA Junior!

Each student is assigned an ACT-SO coach by the end of September,
so they'll be ready to compete in the Winter and Spring.

What is ACT-SO?

The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a year-long achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
ACT-SO includes 26 categories of competition in the sciences, humanities, business, and performing and visual arts. More than 260,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.

AYA... is more than you think!

Weekends Too...

Why Are These Adults Studying?

Why are these adults learning?
Why is Septima Clarke teaching?
Aren't they "over the hill?"
Aren't they too busy, too tired, or just too old?
Don't they know everything they need to know by now?

The answer is simple. They weren't satisfied with the restrictions White people and White racism placed on them and their children. The wanted what they called "Freedom."

They weren't learning to read so they could get awards at the annual Governor's banquet. They were learning to read, so they could read the Mississippi Constitution, so they could register to vote, so they could get the Governor and White people's foot off of our backs.

Is "Freedom" enough for you? If so, then you'll join this elite crew who did what they had to do for us to see a brighter day. If so, enroll in AYA's Weekend Academy for our Trayvon Martin Curriculum. It features courses like:

  • Following Ariminta (Harriet Tubman) like you've never seen her before. You'll learn US history from the inside-out - we call it an OurStorical view. You'll also learn the AYA way of teaching and the WHB approach .
  • Haiti From The Bottom - You've heard of Toussaint, maybe even Dessalines. You don't know Haiti and the Haitian Revolution until you learn it from the bottom, through the songs and proverbs.
  • To be continued.... 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Becoming Unjust?

A FB friend posted:
"Truth: When we become unjust, while experiencing injustice, we are showing ourselves to be unworthy of what God would grant to us."
Wekesa Responded:
True - only if we define unjust and define and name God out of our story and our highest aspirations. Our current moral code - injected by the 

oppressor - has us more concerned about becoming them than stopping them from murdering our children and turning us into thugs and pole dancers. Morality and justice is contextual.

If we use the same moral compass when dealing with those that oppress us and those with whom we choose to build, we will remain the hunted, the servants, the playthings of the oppressors. We will remain alienated from our deep spiritual selves that can again be a light unto the world.

Friday, August 2, 2013

AYA Weekend Academy 2013-2014

AYA Weekend School 

Learn More @ our open house on Sunday 8PM Eastern: Login and Phone info here: http://www.ayaed.com/youth.htm

Saturday Courses  Starting September, 7th

Justice For Trayvon: (Each of the courses in this section is designed to help our students and adults process and recover from the pain of oppression heightened by recent verdict in the Zimmerman murder trial This course along with Where My Voice Begins for Youth and Warriors-Healers-Builders for adults provide an excellent psychological, historical, and communicative context and tool-set to help adults and youth generate a warrior-healer-builder response that facilitates academic achievement and social responsibility.) 
  • Ayati (Haiti) From the Bottom  (Ayinde Madzimoyo, Instructor)
  • We Will Shoot Back (Wekesa O. Madzimoyo, Instructor)
  • Following Araminta (Harriet Tubman) Instructor - Wekesa O. Madzimoyo
  • The Ancestor's Breath: Introductory Twi
  • Drawing From The Soul (Brother Man)
    • The Origins
    • The Universal Orphan
    • The Characters
    • Making Your Own
    • National Black Comic Conference
  • NABS: Storytelling: Creating Stories, Telling Stories, Becoming Immortal (Sept 28-Nov 30)
    • Becoming a Better Story-teller
    • OurStory Vs. His-Story | From the Inside-Out vs. the Outside-In
    • Cultural Stories
    • Family Stories
      •  Memory Is Power-The Language You Cry In (Joyce King)
    • Local Story-Telling Concerts
      • Students Perform with Other Black Storytellers 
    • National Black Story-Teller Association Annual Conference (Hampton, VA Nov. 6-10th)
    • Kwanzaa Tellin'
  • Individual Tutoring (By Appointment)
  • Group Skill Building Clinics (Math, Science, Writing, Reading, Research, Memory)
    • Math: Foundational | Algebra | Geometry |
    • Writing: The 5 paragraph essay in 25 minutes | My Short Story 
    • Reading: Strategies for Success
    • Research: Resources, Tools and Techniques to Learn  About Anything
    • Memory: Kumbuka - Using African Cultural Strengths to Master Your Memory Muscle 
  • Black and Powerful: Educational Issues and Answers (Free-Presentation and Discussion)
  • Ready for the week: Educational Calisthenics and Support: Prep for the Week.
  • Where My Voice Begins: Intra and Inter-personal communication | Conflict Resolution | Discovering Where My Parent's Voice Ends and minds begins. (Teen Course)

$49.00 per course / per 3-4 week term
$79.00 per course/per 9 week term
$99.00 per course for Combo-Classes (Youth Partner attends for free)
$149.00 per month for up two three weekend courses

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