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PEN OR PENCIL™Writing A New History

PEN OR PENCIL™Writing A New History uses mentor recruitment strategies developed by the National CARES MentoringMovement (NCMM) to apply and expand the classroom and experiential curriculum approach developed by the National Alliance of Faith and Justice (NAFJ) called PEN OR PENCIL™. Lessons from the Underground Railroad are translated into positive youth developmental constructs which form the basis for transformational behavior and resistance to today’s enslaving variables. The founding core (national partners, individuals, organizations, agencies, etc.) comprise a well- organized but growing contemporary abolitionist movement who share the commitment to ensure youth necessary assistance to thrive, to embrace civic and other responsibilities, and apply goal-setting and resilience examples of those determined to be free. The interpretive history of mass engagement and youth leadership during the Civil Rights Movement is also used to mobilize, reach, teach, and inspire youngsters who struggle with the intense social, environmental, family, and school risks of today.

Consistent with the NPS Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Initiative, the program aims to write a new history of ingenuity and build new appreciation for history through a network of assistance to resist or escape from enslavement (i.e. drugs, crime, violence, delinquency, truancy, etc.).

Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: National Alliance of Faith and Justice (NAFJ) P.O. Box 77075, Washington, 20013

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: National Alliance of Faith and Justice

Location Type: Program