Zephaniah Martin Wins PPGJLI's Community Creates: Youth Literature Program
By: Planting People Growing Justice
"At Planting People Growing Justice Leadership Institute, we use the arts and humanities as our framework for community building and engagement,"
The activity is made possible with a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (https://mrac.org/)
The competition was open to Minnesota residents ages 8-17 who are of African American descent. The PPGJLI (https://www.ppgjli.org/
Inspired by the Kwanzaa values of unity (Umoja) and purpose (Nia), the writing competition provides a unique art-based cultural development opportunity. Youth that experience art and humanities opportunities demonstrate improved reading, verbal, math, and problem-solving skills for success in school and later in life. The skills are a central component of multicultural understanding and acceptance.
PPGJLI also writes and publishes literature that addresses social justice issues encompassing racial disparities in education, healthcare, and criminal justice to create awareness. The organization's children's books provide African American children with representation and teach them about their rich history.
Congratulations are in order for the winner of The Community Creates: Youth Writing Competition. Community voices shape the future and are critical for preserving cultural history. The competition is one more way that PPGJLI is helping to create the leaders of tomorrow and planting the seeds of social change through education, training, and community outreach.