Programs for JOINING Families
As a parent you know better than most why these early years are one of the transformative times of adult development. We see in our children the possibility of a more hopeful future. And our children provide a deep well of motivation to take stock of who we are, who we want to be, and what it might take to get there.
At the same time many of us know that it means something to be living at this time and in this place. We are aware of the challenges facing our region. A growing number of White parents want to be part of the solution. We want to do something tangible, impactful and effective. But it can be hard as individuals to know where to start, especially when many of us didn’t inherit the tools necessary to understand, talk about, navigate, or address racism and our role in it.
Family Learning Program
Our 12-week Family Learning Program introduces parents, and their children from birth to age 8, to compelling works of children's literature that feature diverse characters, provides supportive resources and materials to help start and strengthen family conversations about race and racism, and fosters community building around these topics. Many parents use this opportunity to not just open up new conversations and establish new family socialization patterns, but also reflect on how and what they learned about race, when, where and from whom. Together we re-examine the choices we’ve made and those made for us and the impact they have on our children and our region.
Many families join We Stories in order to open up a conversation about race for the first time. Others join feeling experienced talking to other adults, but not to their children. We recognize that We Stories families have multiple different starting points and hopes for the journey ahead. We also believe in the importance of cultivating a community that embraces a broad continuum of experience. It’s not about how much we already know; it’s about what we are able to learn and how we are able to leverage that new knowledge. This is one manifestation of our culture of invitation.
You have the opportunity to join us in creating a new story for our children and our city. We invite you to join today!
We enroll new families in cohorts of 50-80 three times a year (January, May, and September). As of Jan 2019 more than 800 families with 1,500 children across 86 zip codes in our region have participated in our Family Learning Program.
The 12 week Family Learning Program includes:
4 age-appropriate books per child that feature diverse characters, examine differences, and address race and racism
Access to a parent curriculum with resources to support family conversations
12 modules of curriculum with thematic content, question prompts, curated resources for adult learning and children’s book recommendations
Opportunities to engage and process with other parents having similar experiences
A chance to be supported by a program alum as a source of encouragement and collaboration
A community of bonded individuals to share joys and concerns - from the personal to the regional level
Fresh perspectives on St. Louis history, landmarks, and institutions
Opportunities to begin supporting existing efforts to make St. Louis a better place for all families