We desire to bequeath two things to our children; the first one is roots, the other one is wings. — Sudanese proverb
In our global educational landscape, young people are thirsty for voice, community, and real opportunities. However, they are met with quantitative evaluations, punitive policies, and divestment from community institutions. It is going to take a collective sustained effort to position education back to the center of community development. Johnaé Strong is an educator, community organizer, and restorative justice practitioner dedicated to bringing light to young people. She believes that quality education is a form of justice and community building. Through an earnest and authentic approach, critically engaging and culturally relevant pedagogy, Johnaé supports teachers, students, and community groups in areas of curriculum, professional development, organizing, and restorative practices.