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Through TV, radio, and mobile, children in 26.4 million households in 41 countries across Africa watch, listen, and learn from Ubongo’s educational cartoon programs every week.

These educational – and fun – shows are designed to improve school readiness – and to provide an education where there is no opportunity for school. Reaching over 24,600,000 children, Ubongo is Africa’s biggest classroom – putting it in a powerful position to promote social and behavioral change for kids, caregivers and educators — and make a lasting impact.

Characters in Ubongo cartoons are truly representative. They feature empowered, smart, adventurous children from across Africa, and they are delivered in 9 languages – often the only time children hear educational content in their own local language. 

In one of the studio’s most popular shows, Akili And Me, Akili, a curious 4-year-old, explores a magical world of language, letters, numbers and art with her family and animal friends. At every step, she overcomes barriers to learning, so that she can achieve her goals. In Ubongo Kids, 5 friends use STEM skills to solve problems and mysteries in Kokotoa Village in Tanzania.

“Ubongo’s edutainment is helping millions of kids to learn and love learning, and the scale of the impact is really important,” says Nisha Ligon, co-founder of Ubongo.“But what inspires me the most is seeing kids pretending to be our characters when they play or hearing them say how our characters gave them confidence or inspired them to do more.”

In July, Ubongo was honored by UNESCO for leading the way in digital education. The award acknowledges that stories like Ubongo’s do more than only educate children. They change their perspectives and expectations too – inspiring them to fulfill their potential, and change the world for the better.

How to help

Learn more about Ubongo’s programs and impact – and meet Akili! – in this entertaining video. 

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When teachers, families and children communicate, the impact is extraordinary. In fact, family engagement is twice as effective in predicting success than a family’s socioeconomic status. However, many families face barriers imposed by language and access to technology that make communication more challenging. And there, in the middle, TalkingPoints can help.

“Our mission is to unlock the potential of families in being more engaged in their children’s education, especially for under-resourced and multilingual communities,” says founder Heejae Lim.

“I was born in Korea, and moved to England when I was 8 years old. I didn’t speak a word of English, and I saw my Mom in broken English, speaking with my teachers every single day, asking when is homework due, when are they going on the field trip, what can I do to support my children at home. I saw the impact that had on me and my sisters’ education.”

Over 40 million children in America are growing up in multilingual communities. TalkingPoints connects teachers and families in over 100 home languages and provides tools and support to make those communications even more effective. To date, the organization has facilitated over 100 million conversations, bringing people together, breaking down barriers, and changing children’s lives.

Learn more about TalkingPointsSee if your school could benefit from this technology

We are horrified  – but not surprised – to learn of the Supreme court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade, striking down the ruling that enshrined the constitutional right to abortion.

Overturning the protection of a woman’s right to choose is about more than abortion — it’s about taking away a pivotal personal freedom and threatening to take away others.  It is about the control of women and families, disproportionately impacting Women of Color and those living in poverty, deepening their disenfranchisement. It is a direct attack on the  hard-won rights that have been vital to the health, wellbeing and progress of generations of women. At a time when the vast majority of Americans* understand the need for legal and safe abortion and a woman’s right to choose, the ruling is out of touch, subjegating and cruel.

We are committed to supporting organizations championing and defending women’s rights and reproductive rights. This is a moment for allyship – to recognize that this affects us all, as men, women, and all other gender identities.   We must come together to take up the long fight for progress, equality and the protection of civil liberties once again. 

* In 2020, AP VoteCast found that 69% of voters in the presidential election said the supreme court should leave the Roe v Wade decision as is; just 29% said the court should overturn the decision.

And to take action in support of Reproductive Justice, here are some powerful steps you can take now.

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More than two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, organizations have adopted strategies to tackle the societal inequalities and global problems that COVID-19 has laid bare by prioritizing sustainable impact. As leaders navigate this “new normal,” they are honing long-term, revolutionary ideas aimed to address some of the workplace’s most pressing issues, including diversity, climate change, and income inequality. 

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This year for Juneteenth my team at the Detroit Justice Center (DJC) is reflecting on what true safety means, particularly in light of the horrific violence in recent weeks. We mourn those killed by gunmen who opened fire at a Buffalo grocery store, an elementary school in Uvalde, a hospital in Tulsa, and in countless other shootings. I keep coming back to a question I often ask: How do we create the types of communities that will allow Black people, trans people, indigenous people—and all of us—to have all of the elders that we are supposed to have? This question helps to center me in our work and reflect upon the legacy of the liberation struggles of our ancestors.

Our organization uses Juneteenth as a time to recharge, rest, and re-energize our own freedom dreams. Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery, and it also marks the early days of the Reconstruction Era. The question of that political moment, “what do we build instead of an oppressive system?” is a question that movement leaders and communities still ask today about systems that perpetuate poverty and violence.  

We have an opportunity to build new pathways to true safety—and we can take the lead of people across the country who are already doing it. We can learn from violence interrupters, restorative justice practitioners, community safety teams, youth-led healing hubs, and those championing cooperative economics. On a recent episode of DJC’s Freedom Dreams podcast, we spoke with leaders from Detroit Heals Detroit and Detroit Safety Team about how they are reimagining public safety and building the types of communities where every life is valued. 

In order for us to have all of the elders we’re supposed to have, we must transform the unsafe systems that leave people vulnerable to disease, violence, and premature death. If we see Juneteenth as not only a remembrance of where we’ve been but a marker for where we’re headed, we might find new opportunities to build safety together and heal from pervasive interpersonal and structural violence.

Though hard-won strides have been made for equality over the last decades, LGBTQ youth are still – and increasingly – under attack. Not only from homophobic and transphobic legislation that’s making it’s way into law in Florida, Georgia and 33 other states, but in their homes, from the people who are supposed to love and support them the most – their families.

“On day two of the lockdown when we were all called to stay home, indoors, to be with our loved ones, to be safe, our kids were denied that,” says Alex Roque, President and Executive Director of The Ali Forney Center. One former resident of the Center was sent home from college and tried to move back in with her family, only to have the door closed in her face. “How deep-rooted is this hatred for our community, that during one of the darkest and most uncertain times in our lives, her parents wouldn’t open the door to let their child in, to be safe, to be loved?”

LGBTQ+ young people are 120% more likely to experience homelessness. And that’s where The Ali Forney Center steps in to offer vital help. 

The center started with 6 cots in a basement in NYC, where 40% of homeless youth are LGBTQ+. Now, 20 years later, Ali Forney is the nation’s largest non-profit for LGBTQ+ youth experiencing homelessness. Its mission? Not only to provide shelter for homeless LGBTQ+ youth, but to protect, educate, mentor, and create real, love-filled homes for them too. This comprehensive, caring support can make a huge difference in preparing young people to lead independent lives. 77% of Ali Forney’s residents in transitional housing are in school, and 99% are employed. 

How YOU can help

Learn more about Ali Forney’s work and mission.

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Directly support a homeless LGBTQ+ young person by purchasing an item  from Ali Forney’s Amazon wish list.

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