WMEP conducts several student-learning programs for students who attend its member districts. Our most popular student learning program is Dare 2 Be Real, which promotes, addresses, and discusses racial equity and anti-racist leadership. Students undergo intensive training and structured discussions that are intended to prepare a new generation to tackle these difficult conversations in the midst of rapidly changing demographics. Another program is “The Underground Railroad” experience that simulates southern slaves frightening and sometime brutal experiences as they fled to the north and to freedom.
Students in Dare 2 Be Real have made presentations at local and national educational conferences including the Summit for Courageous Conversations about Race in Baltimore, Maryland. These students have also led retreat experiences for elementary students to help them address issues involving racial conflict and bullying.
WMEP currently has five active Dare to be Real groups and four in development. The individual Dare 2 Be Real groups have partnered together to form a larger regional discussion and share best practices. For more information on this group, contact the WMEP Student Learning Programs Specialist at 763.971.4524.