At the core of M.O.M.I.E’s educational programming is the Great Persons Series. The Great Persons Series uses the humanities and arts to introduce our children to great global leaders - freedom fighters, artists, writers, performers, athletes, economists, inventors, scientists, politicians, and more - both present and past. The Series offers lessons not often addressed in the school environment and “brings history to life” by implementing activities that encourage discussion/debate, hands-on engagement, and the creative arts.
In 2010, M.O.M.I.E's was awarded the prestigious National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for superior arts and humanities after school programming. To learn more about the Great Persons Series check out our Annual Reports.
The Great Persons Series:
Inspires and motivates children to become social change-makers and successful achievers of their dreams
Taps into the individual gifts of each child, and spark within children a life-long passion for learning
Encourages children to believe in themselves, their abilities, and develop the “I can do great things” mentality
Expands children’s historical understanding so that they feel a strong sense of “cultural rootedness,” are proud of who they are, and realize the potential they can achieve
Strengthens children’s knowledge base on significant periods of history, major historical events, and important vocabulary words and topics that will guide them throughout life.
Our Great Persons Series serviced several schools in the Washington, DC as apart of our In-Class curriculum . These school include:
LAMB( Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School) - Missouri Ave Campus & South Dakota Ave Campus
Capital City Public Charter School
THE GREAT PERSONS SERIES & THE IN-CLASS
CHILDREN'S GALLERY OF BLACK HISTORY
M.O.M.I.E’s believes that creating a historical and cultural grounding for young children of color will have a direct impact on critical life skills and academic development. Research demonstrates that children who cultivate a positive and strong sense of “cultural pride” and thereby a positive “self-concept,” are better equipped to confront oppression, excel academically, and develop a healthy foundation for social and emotional development.
In our After School Program, our children receive up to 95 hours of humanities-based instruction every year, including creative arts sessions, dialogues and discussions, hands-on activities, workshops by special guests, field trips, and more. In addition, M.O.M.I.E's presents ongoing opportunities for children to learn about and meet "great" leaders in the community to give our children exciting and awe-inspiring opportunities to interact with present-day history makers. Over the years, children have met Emmanuel Jal, Haile Gerima, Sonia Umanzor, BB Otero, Dr. Hayat Sindi, Suzan Shown Harjo, Rahama Wright and more!
“I am in awe of how M.O.M.I.E’s TLC continues to engage our young people in such rigorous minded community activities that also give them a bigger picture of their world. You are doing a tremendous job of exposing these children and opening their minds to the amazing possibilities that are before them."
-Grandparent of M.O.M.I.E's student
Children’s Gallery of Black History is a dynamic, interactive history museum dedicated to engaging DC children and youth in history and culture through hands-on learning exhibits focused on the lives of “Great People” from our past and present. M.O.M.I.E’s recently launched the Children’s Gallery at our new facility on Georgia Avenue. The Gallery also travels as a mobile series throughout the year, visiting schools, after-school groups, churches, and festivals. The Gallery impacts up to 2,000 children and youth annually.
The Children’s Gallery is a core component of M.O.M.I.E’s mission and goals. The Gallery was established in 2003 to respond to the tremendous need for more cultural and educational experiences for our low-income children. For the past 10 years, the Gallery has demonstrated an impressive track record of results and impact, working with over 60 public and public charter schools, churches, and after-school programs, and impacting over 10,000 children and youth in DC.
The In-Class Children's Gallery Series
Recently, M.O.M.I.E's Children's Gallery was a grantee of the OSSE SOAR Grant Award. The In-Class Children’s Gallery Series builds on M.O.M.I.E’s award winning humanities curriculum, The Great Persons Series, and The Children’s Gallery of Black History. The Program partners with public/public charter schools to implement holistic, enriching, and critically-needed humanities, history, and social justice education, in efforts to give our children a powerful means to deepen their self-awareness, improve racial equity and healing within our communities, and build critical 21st century learning skills to equip them for success and stability. The Program is currently being taught within classrooms of two charters schools, including Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS and Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS, impacting over 220 children.