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Mission & History

Mission Statement
The Discovery Center is committed to building an equitable and just world where everyone has what they need to grow and thrive. We work in partnership with youth, families, schools, and communities to facilitate nurturing spaces where people can understand and challenge systemic racism and oppression. In all of our programs, we practice critical questioning, cultivate connection, and inspire action.

Vision Statement
We envision an equitable and just world where all youth have what they need to grow and thrive. We envision empowered students supported by conscious, critically thinking adults, and supportive and safe schools and communities. Institutionalized equity in school systems.

Values Statements:

We value equity and justice.
  • We believe all youth should have access to what they need to thrive.
  • We take a systems focus to uncover and share the root causes, rather than symptoms, of systemic racism and oppression
  • We listen and we believe.
  • It's not about us. We work with not for, and build power with, not over.
  • We build youth leadership.
  • We empower, and share power.


We value learning and growth.
  • We believe that individuals and organizations have the ability to change.
  • We create spaces where individuals can grow together.
  • Our work is based on our belief that change happens by building awareness and understanding.
  • Our approaches are inquiry based, encourage self discovery, and utilize critical analysis and problem solving.
  • We engage in evaluation and assessment in order to increase our effectiveness.


We value social change and impact.
  • We strive for collective liberation, and transformational results in students.
  • We believe that to be effective, change needs to be multi-leveled and systemic.
  • We engage in evaluation and assessment in order to increase our effectiveness.
  • Our approaches are evidence based and promising/emergent.
  • We encourage individuals to take action to challenge systemic racism and oppression, and to make change.


We value communication.
  • We facilitate courageous and nurturing spaces that encourage open, truthful, and productive dialogue.
  • We believe in speaking truth to power.
  • We communicate about our work so as to be a model organization.


We value relationships and community.
  • We facilitate spaces where students can come together and build community across difference.
  • We demonstrate and value interconnection.
  • We work to build capacity across communities.
  • We intentionally focus on and fostering empathy, compassion, and respect for people, while challenging ideas and opinions.
  • We support each other.
  • We focus on the community. We work with and partner with others to achieve shared goals.


We value excellence.
  • We engage in evaluation and assessment in order to increase our effectiveness.
  • We strive to serve as role models to our community, and other organizations.
  • We embody passion and persistence.


We value optimism.
  • We believe that social change is possible.