The Village Method (TVM) uses a holistic approach that combines direct service, parent involvement, community connections and cultural awareness. Our method is a commitment to empowering children to succeed by providing a network of support both inside and outside the classroom. Engaging youth and families and developing a network of support is embedded in the practice of building relationships. There is no quick fix solution to the challenges we face and therefore it’s important to recognize that building relationships takes time. We are dedicated to spending the time that building authentic relationships requires in order to strengthen the pipeline towards better life outcomes for Black youth and families.
TVM strengthens family and community engagement in local decision-making, and helps youth and families access the services they need. We provide a pipeline for students to progress to college, careers and bring investments back to their community.
TVM uses a combination of project-based learning, academic tutoring, cultural enrichment, and mentoring to empower young people; while working directly with parents and families to strengthen the support these young people get at home and in the community.
Children begin the TVM after-school curriculum in sixth grade and continue until college graduation. This approach provides continuity to guide children through these pivotal years while so many other parts of their lives are changing.
The TVM after-school curriculum includes a life skills component that promotes positive values, cultural affirmation, healthy habits, education through gaming, coding, and financial literacy – resulting in real empowerment both inside and outside of the classroom.