To empower continuing generations of Karen and Karenni youth to connect, heal, and launch.
We believe connecting starts inward with self, then bravely grows outward into relationships that reach across divides. Our youth need opportunities to explore their cultural heritage, history, and homeland in order to understand their identity as they go out into the world as connectors and peacemakers.
Given the realities of violence and displacement our community has faced, we believe creating opportunities for youth to engage with and heal from past and present traumas/hurts/injustices are absolutely necessary for a more robust and sustainable launch.
This is our calling. Our village incubates dreams and future leaders. We don't stop at a nurturing environment, we intentionally carve out and engage opportunities that tactically allow youth to grow and thrive beyond our village.
How we share our space
We are sharing this space with Karen and Karenni communities. Here are some of the programs that The Urban Village has supported with its space.
SOFT TV, Asian Youth Outreach, and Youth in Action.
"Since August 2020, The Urban Village has been using its space and platform to empower Karen and Karenni artisans and entrepreneurs to sell their work. This online and physical marketplace promotes cultural preservation all while creating opportunity and revenue for it’s partners.
Here are some of the resources that we provide. Small business relief program, spreading important info and providing COVID-19 education.
"If you have come here to help me then you are wasting your time. But, if you have come because you LIBERATION is bound up with mine, then let us work together."
What we do outside of the Village.
We are also serving our Karen community in Kawthoolei. In 2021, we traveled to Kawthoolei twice. We delivered food, shoes, hammocks, and other aid to the Internal Displaced People in Kawthoolei.