Parents are our partners. Parents spoke up and said they wanted their children to have more access to enrichment programming at Launch. The Launch PA quickly hosted a meeting featuring a wide range of enrichment organizations to support families. Launch formally partnered with several of those organizations to provide summer scholarships for about 75 students to attend programs ranging from academic preparation to art and dance and basketball.
At this time, we listened to our families and decided to grow our partnership with the Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation. In the past Launch has partnered with Asase Yaa around specific events, now Asase Yaa instructors teach at Launch 3 days a week to serve 100% of our students.
Watch the video below to learn more through an interview our students conducted with, K. Osei Williams, the Executive Director of the Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation. His big message to our community is, “Asase Yaa is not just about teaching dance, drumming or theater but also teaching how important you are…because when you understand that you are important then you can do whatever you want to do in life… I want all students to have the confidence to know that you can do WHATEVER you want.” We are grateful for his leadership and the opportunity for our students to learn about their culture and history through djembe drumming and dance.