Akilah is creating community resources for BIPOC in Self-Directed Education.
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Fare of the Free Child is a community created to advance Self-Directed Education as a viable tool for Black and Brown families' liberation through our relationships with children.

Children led me here. As soon as Kris and I complied with the idea of coercive education, our daughters began to say and show that they were learners, not classroom fixtures. A couple years shy of a decade later, and the four of us are now fully living as unschoolers wanting to play active roles in the larger movement for more respect and trust-based relationships between adults and young people. Today, I write and speak to unschool, and to share the ways Self-Directed Education supports decolonizing, deschooling, and getting free. Among the primary ways I do this work is by sharing the voices and narratives of unschooling and deschooling happening among Black folks and Brown folks all over the world. I also help to organize self-directed work, research, communities, and efforts as a founding Board Member of The Alliance for Self-Directed Education.



The podcast is why I joined Patreon to ask for monthly pledges of small amounts to help me sustain this community-building project. Remember, if you choose to support me here, you set a monthly maximum (so that you never go over your budget) and that amount will show up as a recurring pledge amount from you to me. In exchange for your support, I offer some supa-dope rewards and send you beams of gratitude. If it's easier, you can also make a one-time donation at https://www.paypal.me/radicalselfie/

--  About The Podcast  --


Fare of the Free Child airs weekly and centers the voices and experiences of Black people, as well as indigenous folks and people of color (BIPOC) in discussions about unconventional parenting, including how we facilitate learning. I team up with special-invited co-facilitators to discuss the fears and the fares (costs) of raising liberated children of color in a world that tends to diminish, dehumanize, and disappear them.

Patrisse Cullors describes the Black Lives Matter network infrastructure as "adaptive and decentralized with a set of guiding principles." That’s what I hope to create for people of color who want to take their children out from under the rubble of traditional public school and into spaces where thy can learn, grow, and be safe together.

What I'll Use The Money To Accomplish:


REPORT ON LEARNING MODELS THAT CENTER COMMUNITY
Travel to co-operative learning environments (Agile Learning Centers, Intentional Communities, Learning Co-ops) all over the world to share their insights and resources via my podcast and blog. I aim to share these tools and resources with families engaging in their form of Self-Directed Education who are facing hurdles such as race-based social injustice, lack of local community resources or supportive family, anti-homeschooling/unschooling state laws, and money.



PURCHASE BETTER PODCASTING EQUIPMENT
Wanting to make sure I keep having great audio quality while recording remote (on-location) episodes.This means buying things like a digital recorder, a lavalier mic, a dedicated tablet for on-site audio editing, etc.

HIRE HELP
Namely help with editing and marketing. I'm doing all of it now; so not sustainable. I want to be able to focus on writing, interviewing, and connecting folks with resources. When I can do that, this information can reach more people of color, and more of our children will be free.

FOR SELF-DIRECTED FAMILIES OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
Since I started sharing my experiences as an unschooling parent, online and on radio, and then eventually on TV on The Steve Harvey Show, I’ve gotten dozens of emails from frustrated mothers who know that school isn’t working for their child, and that it isn’t their child that needs to be fixed, it’s school.



More specifically, it’s how our children are being forced to memorize information, be victimized by a system that routinely over-police and unfairly punishes black children, as well as omit aspects of world history that show black people’s contributions to the world’s progress.

And when you know those things, and you see your child losing their interest in learning, it can be scary—we can feel stuck. So on Fare of the Free Child, I’ll talk about ways to make self-directed education more accessible for black and brown people.

With your support as a patron, I will help solve the problems of knowledge, training, and accessibility of self-directed learning resources and communities for people of color. Thanks.


THEN LISTEN TO THE 'LOVE & UNSCHOOLING' EPISODE


http://www.akilahsrichards.com/kris/

Tiers
Full Access & Much Appreciation
$3 or more per month

I’ve changed the model here from More money = More access to Come Get Dis Werk!   


Most certainly, I can’t do this well without your donation, but what you can give is valuable, and I don’t want to taint that by giving you less access because you happen to have less dollars. I’ve been shut out of plenty because of money, and I’m not about to perpetuate that energy here! Pledge $3 per month and get 


• Access to my patron-only emails and patron-only feed. Here, I will interact with my patrons privately, upload videos, answer questions, and feel through whatever feels useful (or fun). 


• I will also, on occasion, send some of you free, fly merch like T-shirts and patches and thangs!  


• You will also get added to an email list that will then send you one email with a ton of resources I’ve created or helped create specifically around this work of raising free people through liberation-minding practices that billow out of our homes and into our world. 

Full Access & Much Appreciation
$9 or more per month

I’ve changed the model herefrom More money = More access to Come Get Dis Werk!

Most certainly, I can’t do this well without your donation, but what you can give is valuable, and I don’t want to taint that by giving you less access because you happen to have less dollars. I’ve been shut out of plenty because of money, and I’m not about to perpetuate that energy here! Pledge $9 per month and get 


• Access to my patron-only emails and patron-only feed. Here, I will interact with my patrons privately, upload videos, answer questions, and feel through whatever feels useful (or fun). 


• I will also, on occasion, send some of you free, fly merch like T-shirts and patches and thangs!  


• You will also get added to an email list that will then send you one email with a ton of resources I’ve created or helped create specifically around this work of raising free people through liberation-minding practices that billow out of our homes and into our world. 

Full Access & Much Appreciation
$15 or more per month

I’ve changed the model here from More money = More access to Come Get Dis Werk!   


Most certainly, I can’t do this well without your donation, but what you can give is valuable, and I don’t want to taint that by giving you less access because you happen to have less dollars. I’ve been shut out of plenty because of money, and I’m not about to perpetuate that energy here! Pledge $15 per month and get 


• Access to my patron-only emails and patron-only feed. Here, I will interact with my patrons privately, upload videos, answer questions, and feel through whatever feels useful (or fun). 


• I will also, on occasion, send some of you free, fly merch like T-shirts and patches and thangs!  


• You will also get added to an email list that will then send you one email with a ton of resources I’ve created or helped create specifically around this work of raising free people through liberation-minding practices that billow out of our homes and into our world. 

Full Access & Much Appreciation
$49 or more per month

I’ve changed the model here from More money = More access to Come Get Dis Werk!   


Most certainly, I can’t do this well without your donation, but what you can give is valuable, and I don’t want to taint that by giving you less access because you happen to have less dollars. I’ve been shut out of plenty because of money, and I’m not about to perpetuate that energy here! Pledge $49 per month and get 


• Access to my patron-only emails and patron-only feed. Here, I will interact with my patrons privately, upload videos, answer questions, and feel through whatever feels useful (or fun). 


• I will also, on occasion, send some of you free, fly merch like T-shirts and patches and thangs!  


• You will also get added to an email list that will then send you one email with a ton of resources I’ve created or helped create specifically around this work of raising free people through liberation-minding practices that billow out of our homes and into our world. 

Full Access & Much Appreciation
$100 or more per month

I’ve changed the model here from More money = More access to Come Get Dis Werk!   


Most certainly, I can’t do this well without your donation, but what you can give is valuable, and I don’t want to taint that by giving you less access because you happen to have less dollars. I’ve been shut out of plenty because of money, and I’m not about to perpetuate that energy here! Pledge $9 per month and get 


• Access to my patron-only emails and patron-only feed. Here, I will interact with my patrons privately, upload videos, answer questions, and feel through whatever feels useful (or fun). 


• I will also, on occasion, send some of you free, fly merch like T-shirts and patches and thangs!  


• You will also get added to an email list that will then send you one email with a ton of resources I’ve created or helped create specifically around this work of raising free people through liberation-minding practices that billow out of our homes and into our world. 

Full Access & Much Appreciation
$1,000 or more per month

I’ve changed the model here from More money = More access to Come Get Dis Werk!  


Most certainly, I can’t do this well without your donation, but what you can give is valuable, and I don’t want to taint that by giving you less access because you happen to have less dollars. I’ve been shut out of plenty because of money, and I’m not about to perpetuate that energy here! Pledge $9 per month and get 


• Access to my patron-only emails and patron-only feed. Here, I will interact with my patrons privately, upload videos, answer questions, and feel through whatever feels useful (or fun). 


• I will also, on occasion, send some of you free, fly merch like T-shirts and patches and thangs!  


• You will also get added to an email list that will then send you one email with a ton of resources I’ve created or helped create specifically around this work of raising free people through liberation-minding practices that billow out of our homes and into our world. 

Goals
76 of 100 patrons
The two main objectives at this level are: transcribing each episode in Spanish, and donating $100 per month to the Anna Julia Cooper Learning and Liberation Center in Atlanta, Georgia. These goals are about helping remove barriers to accessing Self-Directed Education, be they language or money. As we say back home, every mickle mek a muckle! Essentially, every drop counts, and with your help, I'mma drop all kindsa goodness wherever the work is needed. Thank you!
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Fare of the Free Child is a community created to advance Self-Directed Education as a viable tool for Black and Brown families' liberation through our relationships with children.

Children led me here. As soon as Kris and I complied with the idea of coercive education, our daughters began to say and show that they were learners, not classroom fixtures. A couple years shy of a decade later, and the four of us are now fully living as unschoolers wanting to play active roles in the larger movement for more respect and trust-based relationships between adults and young people. Today, I write and speak to unschool, and to share the ways Self-Directed Education supports decolonizing, deschooling, and getting free. Among the primary ways I do this work is by sharing the voices and narratives of unschooling and deschooling happening among Black folks and Brown folks all over the world. I also help to organize self-directed work, research, communities, and efforts as a founding Board Member of The Alliance for Self-Directed Education.



The podcast is why I joined Patreon to ask for monthly pledges of small amounts to help me sustain this community-building project. Remember, if you choose to support me here, you set a monthly maximum (so that you never go over your budget) and that amount will show up as a recurring pledge amount from you to me. In exchange for your support, I offer some supa-dope rewards and send you beams of gratitude. If it's easier, you can also make a one-time donation at https://www.paypal.me/radicalselfie/

--  About The Podcast  --


Fare of the Free Child airs weekly and centers the voices and experiences of Black people, as well as indigenous folks and people of color (BIPOC) in discussions about unconventional parenting, including how we facilitate learning. I team up with special-invited co-facilitators to discuss the fears and the fares (costs) of raising liberated children of color in a world that tends to diminish, dehumanize, and disappear them.

Patrisse Cullors describes the Black Lives Matter network infrastructure as "adaptive and decentralized with a set of guiding principles." That’s what I hope to create for people of color who want to take their children out from under the rubble of traditional public school and into spaces where thy can learn, grow, and be safe together.

What I'll Use The Money To Accomplish:


REPORT ON LEARNING MODELS THAT CENTER COMMUNITY
Travel to co-operative learning environments (Agile Learning Centers, Intentional Communities, Learning Co-ops) all over the world to share their insights and resources via my podcast and blog. I aim to share these tools and resources with families engaging in their form of Self-Directed Education who are facing hurdles such as race-based social injustice, lack of local community resources or supportive family, anti-homeschooling/unschooling state laws, and money.



PURCHASE BETTER PODCASTING EQUIPMENT
Wanting to make sure I keep having great audio quality while recording remote (on-location) episodes.This means buying things like a digital recorder, a lavalier mic, a dedicated tablet for on-site audio editing, etc.

HIRE HELP
Namely help with editing and marketing. I'm doing all of it now; so not sustainable. I want to be able to focus on writing, interviewing, and connecting folks with resources. When I can do that, this information can reach more people of color, and more of our children will be free.

FOR SELF-DIRECTED FAMILIES OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
Since I started sharing my experiences as an unschooling parent, online and on radio, and then eventually on TV on The Steve Harvey Show, I’ve gotten dozens of emails from frustrated mothers who know that school isn’t working for their child, and that it isn’t their child that needs to be fixed, it’s school.



More specifically, it’s how our children are being forced to memorize information, be victimized by a system that routinely over-police and unfairly punishes black children, as well as omit aspects of world history that show black people’s contributions to the world’s progress.

And when you know those things, and you see your child losing their interest in learning, it can be scary—we can feel stuck. So on Fare of the Free Child, I’ll talk about ways to make self-directed education more accessible for black and brown people.

With your support as a patron, I will help solve the problems of knowledge, training, and accessibility of self-directed learning resources and communities for people of color. Thanks.


THEN LISTEN TO THE 'LOVE & UNSCHOOLING' EPISODE


http://www.akilahsrichards.com/kris/

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Tiers
Full Access & Much Appreciation
$3 or more per month

I’ve changed the model here from More money = More access to Come Get Dis Werk!   


Most certainly, I can’t do this well without your donation, but what you can give is valuable, and I don’t want to taint that by giving you less access because you happen to have less dollars. I’ve been shut out of plenty because of money, and I’m not about to perpetuate that energy here! Pledge $3 per month and get 


• Access to my patron-only emails and patron-only feed. Here, I will interact with my patrons privately, upload videos, answer questions, and feel through whatever feels useful (or fun). 


• I will also, on occasion, send some of you free, fly merch like T-shirts and patches and thangs!  


• You will also get added to an email list that will then send you one email with a ton of resources I’ve created or helped create specifically around this work of raising free people through liberation-minding practices that billow out of our homes and into our world. 

Full Access & Much Appreciation
$9 or more per month

I’ve changed the model herefrom More money = More access to Come Get Dis Werk!

Most certainly, I can’t do this well without your donation, but what you can give is valuable, and I don’t want to taint that by giving you less access because you happen to have less dollars. I’ve been shut out of plenty because of money, and I’m not about to perpetuate that energy here! Pledge $9 per month and get 


• Access to my patron-only emails and patron-only feed. Here, I will interact with my patrons privately, upload videos, answer questions, and feel through whatever feels useful (or fun). 


• I will also, on occasion, send some of you free, fly merch like T-shirts and patches and thangs!  


• You will also get added to an email list that will then send you one email with a ton of resources I’ve created or helped create specifically around this work of raising free people through liberation-minding practices that billow out of our homes and into our world. 

Full Access & Much Appreciation
$15 or more per month

I’ve changed the model here from More money = More access to Come Get Dis Werk!   


Most certainly, I can’t do this well without your donation, but what you can give is valuable, and I don’t want to taint that by giving you less access because you happen to have less dollars. I’ve been shut out of plenty because of money, and I’m not about to perpetuate that energy here! Pledge $15 per month and get 


• Access to my patron-only emails and patron-only feed. Here, I will interact with my patrons privately, upload videos, answer questions, and feel through whatever feels useful (or fun). 


• I will also, on occasion, send some of you free, fly merch like T-shirts and patches and thangs!  


• You will also get added to an email list that will then send you one email with a ton of resources I’ve created or helped create specifically around this work of raising free people through liberation-minding practices that billow out of our homes and into our world. 

Full Access & Much Appreciation
$49 or more per month

I’ve changed the model here from More money = More access to Come Get Dis Werk!   


Most certainly, I can’t do this well without your donation, but what you can give is valuable, and I don’t want to taint that by giving you less access because you happen to have less dollars. I’ve been shut out of plenty because of money, and I’m not about to perpetuate that energy here! Pledge $49 per month and get 


• Access to my patron-only emails and patron-only feed. Here, I will interact with my patrons privately, upload videos, answer questions, and feel through whatever feels useful (or fun). 


• I will also, on occasion, send some of you free, fly merch like T-shirts and patches and thangs!  


• You will also get added to an email list that will then send you one email with a ton of resources I’ve created or helped create specifically around this work of raising free people through liberation-minding practices that billow out of our homes and into our world. 

Full Access & Much Appreciation
$100 or more per month

I’ve changed the model here from More money = More access to Come Get Dis Werk!   


Most certainly, I can’t do this well without your donation, but what you can give is valuable, and I don’t want to taint that by giving you less access because you happen to have less dollars. I’ve been shut out of plenty because of money, and I’m not about to perpetuate that energy here! Pledge $9 per month and get 


• Access to my patron-only emails and patron-only feed. Here, I will interact with my patrons privately, upload videos, answer questions, and feel through whatever feels useful (or fun). 


• I will also, on occasion, send some of you free, fly merch like T-shirts and patches and thangs!  


• You will also get added to an email list that will then send you one email with a ton of resources I’ve created or helped create specifically around this work of raising free people through liberation-minding practices that billow out of our homes and into our world. 

Full Access & Much Appreciation
$1,000 or more per month

I’ve changed the model here from More money = More access to Come Get Dis Werk!  


Most certainly, I can’t do this well without your donation, but what you can give is valuable, and I don’t want to taint that by giving you less access because you happen to have less dollars. I’ve been shut out of plenty because of money, and I’m not about to perpetuate that energy here! Pledge $9 per month and get 


• Access to my patron-only emails and patron-only feed. Here, I will interact with my patrons privately, upload videos, answer questions, and feel through whatever feels useful (or fun). 


• I will also, on occasion, send some of you free, fly merch like T-shirts and patches and thangs!  


• You will also get added to an email list that will then send you one email with a ton of resources I’ve created or helped create specifically around this work of raising free people through liberation-minding practices that billow out of our homes and into our world.