Africana Abroad is a student production and publishing alliance, founded by Brian Hughes Kasoro along with The Liberator and Live From Planet Earth, fostering Africana literacies in eight African American adolescent study abroad tour/leadership programs from six cities, including New York (International Youth Leadership Institute, Brotherhood Sister-Sol), Atlanta (Habesha, Sankofa Spirit), Baltimore (Afrikan Youth Alchemy), St. Louis (Good Journey), Philadelphia (Sankofa Freedom Academy), and Detroit (Atlantic Impact). In short, we simultaneously consult pro bono with multiple non-profit community organizations in order to foster better relations between them, cut across barriers of institutionalization, and assist them with raising the bar for their storytelling practices. We advocate that only a poly-institutional unified approach will enable each independent organization to leave behind the tired realities of most academic, political, and not-for-profit workers who essentially mentor on how to become good PowerPoint presenting tourists. Each of our partners has joined the alliance voluntarily and through mastery-level collective storytelling modeling, we are helping recreate a world evoking the ancient African — or, most-ancient human — values of intimate and holistic role modeling for how to peacefully foster healthy intergenerational families and relationships.
Can intimate, Africana literacy-based study abroad immersion experiences heal cultural amnesia, foster agency and identity construction, and ultimately nurture the educational success of African-American high school students?
Based on an independent familial study abroad trip to Jamaica in January, our team from The Liberator Magazine presented at the 2014 annual international conference of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey. The presentation was called "The Traveling Africana Study Group: Diaspora Sites of Building for African Deep Thought."
The International Youth Leadership Institute (IYLI) based in Harlem is looking for high school-age young men, aged 13 to 19-years old, to grant FULL scholarship for summer study in Senegal. I've attended several youth workshop meetings they've held at Teachers College Columbia U and highly recommend this opportunity.
Presenting at the 2013 annual international conference of the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations at Howard University in Washington, DC was unforgettable. While I'm still working on how to speak my focus concisely in English, I've adopted a new working title: "Investigating and Navigating Authentic Exchange in the 21st Century African Diaspora: Asa Hilliard, the Traveling Africana Classroom, and Our Journeys Back To the Grand Narrative."