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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Class Notes 1/27

Felice Salmon is a radical homemaker in the urban Lexington community. She makes herself and her home a resource for children in the community, so that they can have a supportive environment outside of school. On Tuesday, 1/27. she spoke to the Creative Engagements class. 

What does it mean to be a radical homemaker?
- Empowering Youth
- Asset Building Community Development
- Being open to new relationships, being available

Why be a radical homemaker?
- Homemaking fights injustice
- Home Economics as an expression of responsible stewardship
- Healthy Homes make healthy communities
- Creative Approaches to Activism (Craftivism)

How to Empower Youth
- Relationships, children need adult role models other than parents
- Art and Discover, children need a place where they can explore curiosity 

ABCD
- Asset Based Community Development
- Internally driven change that empowers the community
- Ask "what do you have?" instead of "what do you need?"
- Residents become citizens instead of clients

Search Institute
- 40 Developmental Assets that help children find support and engagement
- Children need access to at least 20
- Include adult relationships, safety, high expectations, feeling likable, being part of an organization, being able to provide a service, etc. 

Felice closed by adding, "find the value in what is already around you."

Thanks Felice!
       


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