What IS Sankofa Saturdays?

Sankofa Defined

logoSankofa (main symbol seen as our logo to the left) can mean either the word in the Akan language of Ghana that translates in English to “go back and take” (san=return, ko=go, fa= take) or the Adinkra symbols seen as our logo(s). It symbolizes one taking from the past what is good and bringing it into the present in order to make positive progress through the benevolent use of knowledge.

Using the radio and internet airwaves, we continue “Passing on the torch of culture bearing and preserving (traditions and values) through documenting experiences in the arts, cultural education, and community service.”

CLICK HERE FOR A DIGITAL SANKOFA SATURDAYS PRESENTATION

What is the Sankofa Saturdays Youth Radio Program?

A weekly LIVE youth radio program sharing music, history, local artists, cultural and arts events often co-hosted by youth with the intention of teaching youth radio production as a means of public service through advertising, marketing and promoting digital e-learning. Co-hosted by students from Sankofa Saturdays as well as the Environmental Rangers LIVE in our WUVI Studio here at the University of the Virgin Islands.

cropped-sankofa-saturdays-logo-with-pics.jpg

Narrative/letter from the Founding Director of our current situation, goals etc.
As usual, we always need volunteers from the village in any of these areas as well as and as our foundation even more importantly just to help monitor the children being children. This is where we pass on our cultural values and teach them to respect themselves and each other through peaceful and productive communication and collaboration. In any situation, this is where I’m most concerned. Yes they’ve gained the experiences, learned the skills and the information, but if they are better people from the experience then we know we’ve done what we set out to do. Our job is to raise the humanity in each you through paying attention and listening to who they are, what they’re going through and how we can help them channel their feelings into creative ways of expression and helping others.
 MAjestikNykel
In reality, we’ve greatly downsized and would be better able to accomplish our goals and serve more youth, if we had more help. We even need help to find help…again, not for lack of knowing where to ask, but lack of having the time to focus on it more while managing our own busy lives. We remain quietly consistent and work with what we have. Ideas and experiences are always available, but we need to recruit volunteers from any retired educators, therapists or professionals in the fields we utilize. Any willing persons willing to assist with transportation so we can safely get students to and from the station or special location. I use to write grants, but honestly haven’t written one in a long time, not that I don’t think there’s funding support out there, but more importantly was finding the kind of help that wanted to be there even without the money involved, so that when I do start writing for support again, I’ll be supporting people who are dependable because they share the vision, our mission and truly understand the fundamental goals.
 1502215_10205375906541582_4937964624205685269_o
Our youth are so talented, so capable and so willing… But they need our support more now than ever in this fast paced moving world. They need us to slow it down for them and help them remember why we’re here and learn who they are. There’s a lot of work to be done to help protect them from so many of the distractions that are out there preventing them from being their best selves. Together, it’s our job to find, no create a way to get it done for them, using what we’ve learned from our past experiences and bringing those lessons and at knowledge into our present so that we can help to ensure better futures for them, for us and for the world around us.
Sankofa Saturdays is just one way. It’s not the only way, but it’s the way we choose to help humanity in each other and for us all. We’re creating a template that can work anywhere so that we can do this anywhere on the globe in any community to help them preserve their culture and traditions. Help us help the youth of the Virgin Islands remember and respect themselves and their community through Cultural Education!
Passing on the torch of culture bearing and preserving (traditions and values) through documenting experiences in the arts, cultural education, and community service.
The shows are posted unedited on our SoundCloud account for archiving the radio. We have the intention of sharing YouTube versions eventually which would include multi-media collages of video clips, pictures and audio etc.
Donate via PayPal at info@SankofaSaturdays.com if you can only assist that way, but money isn’t the greatest need, though it would make it easier for us to get more help and support those who do.
Asante Sana… Medase… Gracias… Dua… Shokran………
Thank you for even reading this far. We appreciate the time and energy you’ve shared to be one with our thought and mission.
DaraMonifah Cooper
Founding Director

November 8, 2014 – Youth Radio Show Archive

1502215_10205375906541582_4937964624205685269_o On this edition of Sankofa Saturdays Youth Radio Show… We always play our theme song, ‘We are the Children of the Future,” by local musicians A.R. and Ganjanero along with songs from Reginald Cyntje, Bambu Station, Pressure, Prince Short Shirt and Niyorah.

We shared our VI Historical/Cultural Calendar’s “On this Day in VI History about November 8th, 1907: Banker, businessman, and politician Ralph Moses Paiewonsky. We explained our perspectives of Human Rights Article #8 “Your human rights are protected by law,” from the International Declaration of Human Rights (www.youthforhumanrights.org). After listening to more music by local artists including jazz from Reginald Cyntje’s albums; LOVE, Freedom’s Children: The Celebration and Elements of Life, we did our Virtues Project Pick of the Week: Unity (November 9 – November 15, 2014) –

I am thankful for the gift of Unity. It makes me an instrument of peace.. We also shared the folktale, “Tukuma and the Sugar Cane.”

Coming Up Next Week we’ll share a VI Historical/Cultural Calendar’s On this Day in VI History about November 15, 1949: Senator Lorraine L. Berry, Human Right #15 the right to a nationality and Virtues Project Pick of the Week: Thankfulness for November 16, 2014 to November 23, 2014. We will also share the folktale, “Broo Nansi and Broo Tiger.”

cropped-sankofa-saturdays-logo-with-pics.jpgA United Virgin Islands Cultural Education Initiative for the youth, by the youth and about youth with related topics(often brought to us by KWANZAA365, the UVI Virgin Islands Caribbean Cultural Center as well as the Department of Education’s Division of Cultural Education).

For more info…

 During the live program:

November 8th Radio Program Links: