Explore Life at HomeWorks
At HomeWorks, growth extends beyond the classroom. We offer daily programming ranging from social emotional dialogue to the arts, all centered around developing leadership skills and boosting self-esteem.
Scholars also explore their identities as young Black and Brown women. In a safe setting, they share their lived experiences among their fellow scholars, staff, and program leaders.
Social Justice Learning Curriculum
At HomeWorks, growth extends beyond the classroom. Scholars took part in a dialogue series and antiracist learning curriculum challenging scholars to analyze life experiences through frameworks of social identity, power, and oppression, in order to identify passion areas in social justice. Our newly developed social justice learning curriculum is a comprehensive, full-year learning and service program, in which our scholars participate in four main components:
Formal and informal dinner discussion sessions creating opportunities to deepen personal relationships, essential to fruitful conversations on vulnerable topics; and for Facilitators to lead discussions on topics that scholars want to learn more about outside the designated Enrichment Lesson session
A 12-week, 12-lesson series on topics that prompt internal reflection, interpersonal navigation, external analysis, and social mobilization through frameworks of social identity, power, privilege, and oppression
Community Engaged Learning
Each scholar in the SJLC will have weekly volunteering/mentorships to one of many local grassroots and non-profit organizations, municipal and political bodies, local activists, or other service-focused spaces in and around Trenton, diving deeper into a social justice passion area they have developed, either prior to or during the SJLC, learning valuable leadership skills, and making an impact on their community.
Year End Capstone
Scholars will create a creative, individual (or small group) project to materialize the learning and service they have engaged this year through the SJLC
We shape our scholars to be leaders by providing opportunities for scholars to explore other interests. Here are some of the workshops we ran last year!
Our scholars participate in workshops on courageous conversations, creative writing, and healing justice. They write poetry, memoirs, and letters about the experiences and relationships that shape their values and how they see themselves and the world. They also have deep and meaningful conversations about identity, privilege, and culture.