It is always a new experience when I begin to write an about me. I never know what I should share, what would be beneficial for the readers or just entertaining to read. But here goes nothing!
My name is Amanda and I am the CEO and Founder of Undeniable Grace Education. I am a current senior at Skidmore College, finishing up my BSW and this journey has been amazing, even through the trials. I was born and raised in what some may call the “Concrete Jungle”. New York City has been my home now for 22 years, and here is where I have been shaped and rooted. Part of my journey towards education, restorative justice, dialogue and facilitation, would be simply because it was not present in my education system.
New York City Public School system has always needed and continues to need reform, a shift in its culture and a passion for change. I have always been a very observant individual and over the course of many years, I have seen educational discriminations towards students of color and students from lower socioeconomic statuses. In this, questions began to rise in me, but I could never find answers. Teachers never wanted to open up to my question, and so I never received true clarification for why students were categorized and then forgotten.
Back in 2016, I had the fortunate opportunity to being interning at Kids Creative, an art-based, Peace Education program. This experience would be my first time being involved in an organization that focused on the students ability and capability. It was seemingly instant that a passion and fire for reforming education truly formed within me and from that point forth, I would begin my research in 2019.
Now in 2021, I am about to graduate with a Social Work Bachelors in Science from Skidmore College. With my teaching experience at Kids Creative, Social Work studies, and in depth research that I have engaged in at Skidmore, I have been able to build foundation for Undeniable Grace Education.
I am invested in providing a service that is focused on spreading empathy love, radical change and being a catalyst for justice. Students and educators have grown in a system that is unable to nurture the whole being, therefore, Undeniable Grace Education wants to be the place that brings strength and community.
So what is Undeniable Grace Education?
- This program is based on restorative practices engaging in individuals whole beings, mentally, emotionally, spiritually and physically.
- Using restorative practices, Undeniable Grace Education will provide trainings, workshops and consultations for indviduals and groups. Primary focus is on educational setting, but is open to organizational and group work.
- I am Undeniable Grace Education, I am a Social Worker, I am an advocate, I am a sister, I am a daughter, I am a follower of Jesus Christ. This program is based on my lived experiences, and the experiences of those I’ve encounter. Undeniable Grace is for every student I have worked with, who was misunderstood, looked over and punished by educators who lacked conflict resolution skills.
- Undeniable Grace Education is giving students, looked over educators, families and staff back their voice. With much grace, through faith.
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