Why is this Important?
We believe the greatest resource in any community is its people. They possess talents, gifts and abilities of enormous potential. However, in marginalized communities this significant asset is often limited or undervalued due to much of the people’s creativity, ingenuity and time being directed at surviving. A more just, equitable, human-centered world is fundamental to providing everyone an environment in which they have opportunities to bring forth the best that is within them, to become self-actualized and to contribute their genius to bettering their community and the world.
KI wants to create a more just, equitable human-centered world by nurturing youth and young adults to be leaders, critical thinkers and doers who see the people in any community as the most valuable assets and are committed to working with marginalized communities to bring about change that leads to empowered self-sustainable communities.
What We Do
Over the last 12 years, we have grown from a single after-school initiative serving 5 African-American males to an organization that serves over 200 individuals, male and female, Black and White, young and old through a variety of program areas: Urban Agriculture eSTEAM (entrepreneurship, science, technology, engineering, art and math) Social Enterprises KI NuMedia Express Yourself Rain Barrels Business Mentoring (mentoring others in the business of business) Critical Dialogue Community Forums CCFI (Community Controlled Food Initiative) kheprw.org/ccfi
In the area of Community Empowerment, we have gone from monthly forums featuring African-American male youth to: a variety of forums/discussions groups that now have panels made up our youth, academics and/or leaders from around the country. Discussing critical issues that affect our community, we encourage open, honest dialogue that increases awareness, helps establish relationships and builds community engagement. support involvement in community initiatives. KI works with national and local neighborhood/community organizations and individuals to address the need to have voice in setting directions and goals for their quality of life and implement grassroots solutions to community challenges.
The scarab beetle, kh(pr) is the logo of the Kheprw Institute (KI) and a symbol of its work. In Egyptian cosmology, the scarab represents rebirth and transformation. The scarab beetle lays its eggs in the bodies of various dead animals, including other scarabs, and in dung, from which they emerge having been born.
The ancient Egyptians associated the scarab with rebirth, renewal, transformation and resurrection. KI sees its work as that of human transformation. We strive to provide an environment and opportunities for individuals to bring forth the best within themselves, to constantly development and enhance their abilities, to take responsibility for their own transformation and to make positive contributions to the community.