Know Thyself provides urban students with critical life skills, such as self-awareness, conflict resolution, empathy, goal setting and decision making, enabling them to manage their behavior and emotions and be positive contributors in their community.
In 1996, I partnered with Ms. Ouida Williams, then a counselor at Jackie Robinson Middle School, to create a curriculum to teach a small group of girls how to better present themselves to others. In those first few years, Ms. Williams and I did everything: from classroom instruction to chaperoning field trips. It was just the two of us, working to make a difference in the lives of some very special children. Now, over 20 years later, Know Thyself has grown to such an extent that it would be impossible for the two of us to do it all ourselves. Instead, the Know Thyself curriculum is delivered by a long list of extremely capable teachers, counselors, social workers, paraprofessionals and artists. We are lucky that Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) is filled with so many educators who care so deeply about the social and emotional development of Milwaukee’s children. As Milwaukee and MPS work to resolve the challenges they face, let us remember the individuals who work hard to make sure Milwaukee’s children have a bright future.
Founder & Creative Director