The Re-Education Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to equipping and empowering African American youth with the tools, strategies, and educational resources to become global change agents.
We envision a world where our youth are empowered, confident, and have a keen sense of awareness about who they are and the imprint that they will leave on the world we live in.
I started The Re-Education Project to positively impact the educational realities of African American children. I decided that four hundred years of educational racism in the United States was enough; I was no longer willing to wait for someone to save our children. Our children deserve targeted and culturally-relevant education that will enable them to be innovate and global change agents.
–Lindsay Gary, MPA, MA
Founder & Board President
Black history in American schools is often very biased, limited, and sometimes, nonexistent. As a result, American children matriculate through schools with little to no understanding of the plethora of contributions of people of African descent to this country and to the globe. This is a debilitating to this country and to the world, with black youth being the most negatively affected.
Through an interactive and hands-on curriculum, students will learn about global black history beginning with ancient African history and ending with contemporary times. This unique curriculum includes discovery-based learning and collaborative activities, field lessons, and speakers. This program helps build positive identity and confidence for participants as it not only enables them to understand their connection to the world, but most importantly, it allows them to build on this powerful legacy so that they can develop their own purpose. Studies show that children who participate in extracurricular activities are more likely to have higher self-esteem, and better grades and organizational skills; they are also less likely to get involved in violence, drugs, and sexual activity.
Through an interactive and hands-on curriculum, students will build on their knowledge of black history through a curriculum on social activism and community engagement, with special emphasis on Slave Resiliency, the Civil Rights Movement, African Revolutions, Black Power Movement, and Black Lives Matter. In addition to this, participants will learn about systems of power, the political process, cooperative economics, and how to create and implement solutions to the issues most important to them and their communities. This unique curriculum includes discovery-based learning and collaborative activities, field lessons, and speakers. This program empowers participants to make sustainable change in their communities.
As a complement to the interactive Black History Unit and Social Justice Unit, students will devote time to reading and analyzing relevant text through a unique book club. Participants will implement skills to develop and strengthen literacy and critical thinking.
Students who participate in TREP will also be able to experience the social etiquette program. This is designed to enhance students’ understanding of social intelligence, professionalism, and etiquette, equipping them to go out into society successfully. It is designed to counter the negative behavior and manners that prevail in popular culture, social media, and at school (including bullying).
Students who participate in TREP will also be able to develop and grow their financial literacy through a unique entrepreneurship program. This is designed to increase students’ knowledge of finances and economics, support their critical thinking development, and to expose them to cooperative economics, Corporate America, banks, credit, and more. In addition to this, students will complete a program in which they learn how to start and successfully run their own businesses. It is designed to counter the lack of financial literacy and business development in African American communities.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Lindsay Gary, MPA, MA
Lindsay Gary, MPA, MA is a professor-scholar, social entrepreneur, and multidisciplinary artist. She graduated from the University of Houston with a BA in history and minors in dance and business administration, and with an MA in history and MPA in public policy from Texas Southern University. In 2018 she was selected as a Mellon Scholar in African American History and in 2019 obtained her Graduate Certificate in African American Studies. She works as a professor of history, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Africology and African American Studies.
Lindsay is an ambitious young woman, presently residing in Houston, Texas, she has a passion for education, familes, and supporting the Black community.
After moving from Phoenix, Arizona to attend Texas Southern University, Lindsay earned both her bachelors and masters degrees from Texas Southern University in Human Services in Consumer Sciences, with an emphasis in Child and Family Development. Upon completion of her masters degree, Lindsay entered into the field of education by becoming a middle school ELA teacher, and holding several leadership positions while in that role. Lindsay is currently enrolled at Texas Woman’s University pursuing her PhD. in Family Studies and working to become a Certified Family Life Educator.
D’Laurie Guliex is a graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana and is currently working as a Management Analyst II for the City of Houston. She spends most of her free time baking, sewing, crocheting or dancing with various dance companies.
Blake Green is an independent consultant with more than eight years of experience in operations, business development and project management for private, non-profit, and governmental agencies. Blake, a Houston native, received his Bachelor‘s of Business Administration and Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degrees from Texas Southern University‘s Jesse H. Jones School of Business. Blake is a graduate of United Way’s Project Blueprint program and currently serves on a number of nonprofit boards throughout the Houston community, and was recently named one of Houston‘s top ’40 Under 40’ by i10Media Magazine.
Candace Okin offers nearly 10 years of fundraising, professional writing, communications and relationship management experience. Having worked as a professional Grant Writer for several nonprofits, she has effectively raised more than $4 million in private and government funds over the course of her career.
Candace has been published by several Houston based publications, which include 002 Magazine, and Bliss the Magazine, a relationship themed online Magazine. She also has experience in developing curriculum, as well as developing content for PR based efforts and marketing collateral, and has developed and executed communications strategies for stakeholders within nonprofit businesses. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Texas Southern University, and a Masters in Psychology from Houston Baptist University.
Charles Jackson, III
Charles Jackson III was born in Chicago, IL but raised in metro Detroit, MI. Charles received his B.A. in Human Resources and Economics from Michigan State University in 2011 and his M.B.A. from Tiffin University in 2014. He currently works as an Adult Education and Training Specialist at Career and Recovery Resources, a United Way Agency helping people with barriers receive education and employment opportunities. Charles has always had a passion for working with black youth, evident by his heavy involvement in various organizations from high school through adulthood. He also has a strong passion to educate. Charles is a nonprofit professional who stays active in the community.
Through an interactive and hands-on curriculum, students in grades 5-8 learn about global black history, entrepreneurship, social justice, social intelligence, and literacy.
Workshops in Capoeira, African Dance & Drum, Creative Writing, and Painting
Special Guest Speakers
Tour of Houston’s Black History
Tour of Texas Southern University
Summer Reading Book Club
Details for The Re-Education Project’s 3rd Annual Summer Program
Monday, June 1st to Friday, June 5th, 2020
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, June 6th to Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
Click here for full details and registration.
Annual Black History Month Gala
The Re-Education Project presents Black Gold: 2nd Annual Gala!
Come out and celebrate Black History Month at our 2nd Annual Fundraising Gala! Your attendance will help support our summer program for African American youth in the Houston area. This year the summer program will include a trip to Ghana!
Early Bird Tickets: $65
*There are a limited number so get your tickets early!*
General Admission: $75
This is a formal event. Attendees are encouraged to dress in black and gold or African attire.
Doors open at 6 p.m.
Gala begins at 6:30 p.m.
Click here to purchase your tickets.
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