If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together! African Proverb
Jody Yaa Dunn is a culturally responsive social service professional, with a wealth of experience in team management and developing robust front-line service delivery models from a youth-centred lens.
She has held positions in early childhood, youth justice and educational environments and has extensive experience in Afrocentric program design, youth justice and youth-led interventions.
Jody Yaa began providing consulting services, due to on-going requests to lend her expertise in the areas of team building, needs assessment, grant writing, administrative & program design and other foundational aspects of program management within the not-for-profit sector.
There is an African Proverb that states, "If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." Jody Yaa believes community work must happen from a unified approach at all levels. She often connects with front-line staff, managers, volunteers and youth leads to gain a real understanding of program needs and realistic outcomes. Jody Yaa has a particular interest in youth justice & supporting meaningful and engaging programs that are working towards addressing anti-Black barriers within our communities to create systemic change.
Being committed to working in a collaborative manner that honours the unified goal of building stronger communities, Jody Yaa is interested in connecting with you to discuss your needs and how she can potentially assist in the manifestation of your organizational goals.
Explore various publications, articles, former programs & project management highlights featuring youth justice, advocacy, anti-Black racism, program design themes and more.
Our culturally-responsive training facilitators are skilled in providing a wide-range of workshops for high-school & post-secondary students, professionals within the field of social services & education and community orientated business owners.
Representing a variety of professional backgrounds, our facilitators have specialized training and experience in areas such as African-centred Leadership, Rites of Passage, Restorative Justice, Conflict Mediation and more.
As a company that values lived experience, our facilitators are actively engaged within the social service sector and are often involved in community events and advocacy work. They often draw on first-hand experience to inform workshop development which helps to ensure our curriculum is up to date to ensure facilitators do not become "out of touch" with critical issues, research trends and the ever-changing needs within our communities.
We are dedicated to providing culturally responsive services for organizations, educators, businesses and entrepreneurs. We strive to utilize a strength-based, collective approach to engage with our clientele and community members.
Our approach is inspired by the symbolism of Wawa Aba* as we are reminded of self-determination, collective strength and the positive impact we can have if we work collaboratively with one another.
*Wawa Aba (an Adinkra symbol from West Africa) represents the seed of the Wawa tree. It is known for its hardness and represents resiliency, perseverance, and toughness.
We work with organizations that are Black focused, Black-led and Black serving (B3) as well as BIPOC and grassroots initiatives to provide culturally responsive supports that utilize the internal strength of organizations to build stronger communities.
We work with educators that are dedicated to providing meaningful, safe and inclusive spaces for students. We provide interactive training, workshops and presentations that create spaces for sharing knowledge, engagement strategies and tangible resource development.
We work with businesses & entrepreneurs that are community-grounded and passionate about having their business connect with the demographic they serve in meaningful ways. We provide culturally engaging administrative & design support to increase internal strength, secure resources and presence.
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