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Alchemy Fundraiser 2016


Thank you for your interest in attending the live Alchemy session on Saturday, May 14, at Our Lady of the Elms. After careful consideration, the Alchemy Board of Trustees has elected to postpone the event due to a lower than anticipated audience size. Our emphasis is on creating a deeply moving and rewarding experience for our students and our supporters and we believe we can best accomplish this at a future event.

Thank you for your understanding.

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Kwame LEGACY AWARD HONOREESDr. Kwame Scruggs, Youth Empowerment and Community Activist

To recognize and honor the achievements of prominent African American Males on whose shoulders we stand, The University of Akron and the Black Male Summit Planning Committee honors three individuals as recipients of the inaugural Black Male Summit Legacy Award. These gentlemen have made significant contributions to the African American Diaspora – their achievements will withstand the test of time.

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Upcoming Workshops in DC and Philadelphia

Transforming Trauma Through Myth and Image:
From African Village to American Inner City

In recent years much attention has been given to the study and treatment of traumatized individuals in the clinical setting. But what of the communities that suffer monumental social problems in the face of our contemporary global epidemic of collective violence? How might traumatized communities heal the brokenness that trauma imposes upon social and cultural identity? This symposium views collective trauma through the unique lens of Jungian psychological theory and demonstrates how two distinguished Jungian practitioners work toward transformation of trauma outside the bounds of the consulting room.
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Michael Meade made his 5th visit to Akron

Michael Meade made his 5th visit to Akron to work with all three groups of 6th graders. Our youth from Buchtel and Innes enjoyed an entire school day with Meade. Our youth from Litchfield spent one class period with him.
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“The Darkman and His Sooty Brother”

The video you are about to see is a stop-motion animation of the myth, “The Darkman and His Sooty Brother,” produced by high school students enrolled in Alchemy, an urban adolescent development program. Three staffers from AS220 Youth spent three days assisting the youth in the narration, creation of masks, photography, and stop-motion animation.

The project was all made possible by a generous gift from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
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