Waking the Village was launched in 1999 with a bike trip across America to teach 17 youth in crisis the power of dreams and determination.
The ride tested many of the ideas that Tubman House centers around:
What happens when youth that have overcome homelessness, trauma, poverty, and systemic injustice are celebrated for their fierceness and given opportunity to dream big and access intense support?
What happens when you stop talking about at-riskness and stop diagnosing and instead recognize strengths and offer beauty and meaning daily?
What happens when we mess with the dynamic of professional and client and instead struggle together through something that matters and has us all digging deep?
What happens when interventions are not 60 minutes a week and when strong emotion is not caged to those sessions?
What happens when you learn that BIG things happen when you simply greet the day, get on the bike, and pedal the 50 miles?
"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves... Do not seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day, into the answer."
-Rainer Maria Rilke