Educator: Asenath Andrews
Film: Grown in Detroit
See how teen mothers connect with Mother Earth.
12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Monday
Taylor Education Building
University of KY
Corner of S. Upper & Scott Avenue
Click here for map to the Taylor Building
Free & Open to the public
UK's College of Education is hosting Principal Asenath Andrews of the Catherine Ferguson Academy, an alternative, all-girls, public high school in Detroit, Michigan, where the vast majority of students are mothers or are pregnant.
Despite national statistics suggesting that these, mostly African American, young women are destined to drop out, 90% of CFA's students not only graduate, but continue on to two- or four-year colleges. These stats would be impressive for any high school, but it seems nothing short of amazing for these young mothers to, simultaneously, break the cycle of poverty and national expectation.
According to Principal Andrews, the academy's agricultural curriculum is among the key ingredients related to student success. The students help to manage the farm. They grow fruits and vegetables as well as alfalfa and other crops for livestock. They erect needed structures, even helping to build a barn on school grounds. By caring for animals, growing a garden (taking food home to their families), and critically discussing then actualizing food justice and security issues, these students actively recognize their potential to literally shape the world around them.
The successes of the CFA are documented in the award-winning film, Grown in Detroit. Taking first prize at the prestigious Austin Film Festival, the film is currently being contracted to show throughout the country. Click here to go to the film's website. You can view the trailer for the film by clicking here:
We have invited an interdisciplinary panel to join Principal Andrews in responding to the film and associated opportunities/challenges. Panel includes:
Judy Jackson (Institutional Diversity)
Karen Tice (EPE and Women and Gender Studies)
Rosiland Harris (Sociology and Agriculture)
Evelyn Knight (Appalachian Center and Public Health).
Reception to follow at the Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center.
UK College of Education
UK Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation
UK Institutional Diversity
UK School & Counseling Psychology,
UK Gender and Women's Studies,
UK College of Agriculture,
UK Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center,
UK Appalachian Center
UK Public Health
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