YOUExplore logo"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (1947)

Given the challenges that we face, we believe that youth have the creative energy and innovative ideas needed for investigating, developing, implementing, and evaluating asset-based solutions that address concerns in our communities.

Our Framework

The YOUExplore framework is grounded in the student voice framework and undergirded in the culturally sustaining pedagogies ideology. Both philosophies are centered on the idea that youth voices and experiences matter and must be at the forefront of educational and social change practices. 

With the aim of teaching youth to "think intensively and critically,"  and to activate their energies towards effectuating change in our communities, YOUExplore focuses on 7 core areas of development:

  • Self-Expression
  • Academic and Career Planning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Community Building
  • Problem Solving

Our Engagements