Turi Kumwe inc. is a global community of young people with a common goal of building a stronger, healthier, more loving world for themselves and future generations. We connect isolated and vulnerable youth around the world to each other and to the resources they need to live happier, healthier lives.
Youth members of Turi Kumwe will have reduced vulnerability to common youth risks such as hunger, homelessness, unemployment, and violence. Our youth will lead purposeful lives, and learn to view themselves as critical participants in the production of a better world for everyone.
Community: A supportive community of peers is a powerful resource. Turi Kumwe works to bring inspired and motivated young people together to share their dreams and passions. We work together to support the healthy physical, mental, and emotional development of all Turi Kumwe members.
Education: We believe education is a human right that should be secured for all. Turi Kumwe works to insure that our youth have the resources necessary to pursue an education that will help them to live the life they want for themselves.
Expression: We believe artistic expression is critical to health of individuals and the health of a community.Turi Kumwe provides opportunities for young artists to express themselves, share their stories, and develop their own voice. Turi Kumwe works to provide training within the arts to foster creativity, personal development and expression and meaningful career pathways.
Perspective: It is our mission to connect young people with limited material resources to the larger world. We work to prevent poverty from limiting the worldview or life experiences of our youth by providing opportunities for young people to travel internationally between our sites in New York City and Kigali, Rwanda. We take youth abroad to experience unfamiliar cultures and lifestyles, to share skills and resources, and to build community. We believe that international travel is an important step towards developing the perspective needed to be a globally minded citizen.
Vocation: We believe that everyone deserves a chance to do work that is meaningful to them. At Turi Kumwe, we help our youth to develop marketable skills that will allow them to secure their own living while pursuing their passions.
Collaboration: All members of our community are respected and treated as equals with unique sets of talents and knowledge. Adults, youth, and children work side by side as collaborators to learn from and support each other. Each member is charged with both seeking out and learning new skills & mentoring others, so that we grow together. Turi Kumwe.