Star Institute's curriculum approach, and model of development, are grounded in three main pedagogies: dialogical education, initiative engagement and implementation sessions to facilitate a transfer of knowledge - what is known, what is unknown - in order to act critically to transform reality; participatory action research, an approach that decolonizes research, emphasizes subject/impact group participation and action, and seeks to understand the world/reality in question by reflecting on it and acting to change/ transform it collaboratively.
To this end, our milieu of initiatives include:
- participatory action research towards liberation as a means of resurrecting the collective recognition that we are a nation - wondrous in history, purpose and destiny - with a legacy of self-reliance and resistance.
- the cultivation and implementation of individual and collective body, mind and spirit realignment processes and practices necessary to mend the wounds from ongoing assaults and occupation; to remove parasites and hosts and to reequip ourselves with the necessary tools, culture and thinking styles to thwart future attacks.
- independence from systems of oppression and Western Orthodoxy - self and collective development towards cultural, economic and political autonomy, reimagining self determination, Sankofa and collaborative struggle with Afrikan people throughout the Diaspora.
Because disproportionately shorter and unhealthier life courses of Afrikan people is largely attributed to the U.S. system of policing and incarceration as well as to the high quality and structure of miseducation provided in these communities, we believe solutions to issues that directly and disproportionally affect Black survival and quality of life must be rooted in true youth development. In turn, we engage youth entrenched in the underdevelopment, prison and academic industrial systems to effect change.