“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”

– Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

What is an Affinity Group?

At Kindred, we strive to work with families to create the connection and understanding Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. promoted. Affinity groups provide dialogue spaces for participants who share a common identity to process their experiences together. Parents across several Kindred schools have formed affinity groups after participating in mixed-race groups as a way to deepen their own identity development. You may have seen our video with parents at Miner who are currently dialoguing in affinity groups to deepen their understanding of race and racism. Watch Kindred parent Rose Shelton talk about affinity groups.

Kindred in the News

Extra! Extra! Read all about Kindred‘s work in these recent national publications.

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  • Congratulations to Kindred’s founder and executive director on being selected as an Ashoka Fellow! Please see this article in Forbes to read more about Laura and the Ashoka fellowship.
  • The latest article on Kindred by the Global Family Research Project (formerly the Harvard Family Research Project) includes an interview with parent Mike Dixon and insight into Kindred’s work.
  • Read about the impact of Kindred‘s work at Yu Ying Public Charter School in The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ report on Identity and School Leadership.
  • In case you missed it, see this Washington Postfront page article from Fall about Kindred‘s work across several DC schools.

Meet Our Team: Savannah

We’re delighted to introduce you to Savannah Gress, who brings more than a decade’s experience in using data to drive learning and impact in education. She works as the director of systemic impact and supports Kindred‘s work at Mundo Verde PCS and Key ES.

Join Our Team!

Kindred is growing!  We are looking for a social entrepreneur to join our team and build our new online community. If you would like to be part of our diverse, empathic, impact-driven team, please see the job description and application instructions on our website!

Thank you!

Thank you to the over 100 people who collectively donated $100,000 to Kindred in 2019! We can’t do this work without you, and we are incredibly humbled and grateful for your support. In case you haven’t had the chance to donate yet and become part of our movement, please do so using the button below.

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