(Re)Birth Society's 2023
Check out the plans, projects, and programs that we have in progress this year! We are welcoming collaborators, sponsors, vendors, partners, and attendees! If any of these projects interest you, please reach out using the links under each project. You can also reach us at email@example.com.
This spring we begin filming our docu-series. It is focused on Black Experiences from the lens of Afro-Indigenous folks. We are still welcoming people and families who are interested in joining us by sharing their stories authentically. Our purpose is to vibrantly show the experiences of of families and people within our community as they navigate birth, joy, pain, pleasure, death, and (re)birth. We are also seeking BirthKeepers, mental health, and wellness practitioners to share the work they're doing. Our aim is to convey our own narrative from a first-hand, holistic perspective, and to ensure we are sharing the lived experiences of our community in a way that empowers us and holds space for the growth of us all. Fill out this form if you would like to be a part of the experience.
Food Security &
We advocate for the right to locally, organically, and sustainably grown food and aim to make it accessible to African-Indigenous communities. We also know that agriculture is central to any self-sustained community. We received our first $10,000 grant from the National Black Food & Justice Alliance to fund our FSAF Initiative. We will be installing urban community gardening systems with which we will grow food to (1) grow & distribute food, (2) educate the people, (3) collect data to duplicate & expand project across the country. Click this link to download our FSAF Initiative outline! If you'd like to collaborate with us, fill out this form!
(Re)Birth Academy is our intergenerational, multicurricular learning center. Our network consists of educators and families who have taken an unconventional approach to their children’s education such as homeschooling and worldschooling, as well as those who are interested in teaching and learning a variety of subjects. Our network supports and connects families, educators, learning cooperatives, and community education programs both online and in-person, primarily offering resources, events and courses.
Our education committee is in the beginning stages of building curriculum for K5 through 5th grade students. We have created worksheets and core subject lessons for early learners that we are currently sharing across our network. We presently have a team of professors, educators, and homeschooling parents working together to develop this curriculum and set accreditation standards over the next 5 years.
Our virtual library, which is composed of scholarly articles, books, and media, is a resource for new and aspiring birth workers to gain an evidence-based understanding of the current birth world & what it needs from activists and advocates. We are expanding the library beyond birth work this year. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for access.
We hope to partner with educators of various fields of study to provide more essential trainings, teachings and tools that will help uplift our community! If you are an educator looking to offer classes, trainings, or discussions, fill out this form! If you would like to sign up for our Birth & Postpartum Doula trainings, click here.
We currently offer in-person ongoing family events called Field Trip Fridays & Saturday Socials. During these gatherings, families are invited to join us in exploring, learning and playing. We have visited museums, hosted hikes, met at parks, dined at cultural restaurants, curated creative spaces and partnered with other organizations to offer our youth a rich environment of creative expression, fun, and scholarship.
Our homeschool support group, in partnership with the Tribe Learning Cooperative, provides weekly virtual events called “Homeschool Social Hour.” This year our homeschool group supported 35 community members. We measured our impact by assessing if our parent participants felt supported in their approach to homeschooling and if their children had positive takeaways from our virtual sessions. In our assessment, 100% of parent participants provided positive feedback, indicating that HSH added an interactive element to their children’s day, promoted healthy socialization and enhanced their weekly curriculum. We look forward to expanding it this year! Join our email list for updates.
tOTAL WELLNESS INITIATIVE
We will continue to host wellness events, teach workshops, and provide services that increase our community’s access to alternative healing modalities. Our events and workshops feature wellness practitioners who offer alternative healthcare services such as yoga, massage, acupuncture and sound therapy for free or at affordable rates. We have two licensed mental health professionals on our team working with us to provide group therapy sessions to our families. We strongly support the reclamation and restoration of African-Indigenous spiritual traditions and religions also known as African Traditional Religions & Diaspora Traditional Religions, which we believe can help provide healing and empowerment to our community.
GOALS FOR 2023:
(Re)Birth Wellness Retreat (July 2023)- our 3-day, 2-night healing retreat where women & femmes will gather for a nature-immersive camping experience with daily wellness activities and workshops.
Cultural Healing Arts Festival (August 2023)- our 1-day cultural arts festival that showcases African & Indigenous healers, artists and creatives whose work contributes to the healing and empowerment of our collective communities
Hoodoo Heritage Month Festivities (October 2023), our yearly celebration of African-American cultural history & spiritual tradition
Monthly Wellness Sessions
Provide quarterly free & affordable group therapy sessions
Partner with one wellness brand/org monthly to offer discounted services, events, or free educational resources
Would you like to collaborate with us on future events? Are you interested in partnerships, sponsorships and vendor opportunities? If so, fill out this form!
Check out our upcoming events on our Link Up! page.
Our mutual aid goal this year is to provide mutual aid relief to pregnant, disabled, elderly, incarcerated, and financially-challenged people in our community. We have two categories for our mutual aid efforts: Monetary & Service-Based. Monetary mutual aid requires us to crowdfund and allocate a portion of our grant funding. Service-based mutual aid requires us to organize volunteers to perform services for people in need. Services include but aren’t limited to grocery pick ups, ride shares, and childcare assistance.
Hey Mama Check-Ins
For the Mamas who are seeking support from other Mamas. Our Hey Mama sessions hold space for active listening, "into the void" venting, and co-creating through meaningful conversations and intentional imagination. Within these sessions we present opportunities to connect with new friends, study buddies, accountability partners, "body doubles" and like-minded Mamas. Join our email list for details and updates!
Submit to our Gallery
We aim to improve the quality & accuracy of modern depictions of African-Indigenous birth experiences. When searching for birth photos online, we've found that it is rare to see images of our people, and even more rare to find visual content that showcases the beauty and diversity of our birth experiences-- within and beyond the crises and challenges we face as a people. We would love to include your photo submissions in our collections of authentic birth photos. These collections will serve to offer our community an accurate perspective of the birthing process and how wide the range of our experiences actually are. Submit a photo!