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About Ashera ProjectAshera Project is an innovative, grassroots 501(c)3 incorporated non-profit organization founded in August 2002, and providing pregnancy prevention and youth development services for students in grades 9 through 12 at Reagan High School in Austin, Texas since 2004. Students are encouraged to participate in three years of group programming and select 12th grade students who have participated in all three years are hired as peer educators. Although each grade has a particular focus, all levels of the program incorporate topics related to healthy behaviors, including sexuality, community involvement and educational opportunities. As Ashera Project has grown in resources each year, we have expanded to reach more students, and the 2007-2008 school year will see our first fully-loaded program, with 9th-12th graders participating. Though our programs have been sought for other challenged area high schools, we focus first on success at Reagan High School, and plan to expand slowly for sustainability.
Why start with Reagan High School?
Ashera Project's VisionAshera Project seeks to further equity and justice while fostering social change through providing youth and their families with the skills and education that promote healthy behaviors.
Ashera Project's MissionAshera Project is committed to providing youth with the skills, knowledge and support to become successful, healthy and active members of their communities.
Frequently Asked Questions about Ashera Project
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Long-term problems need long-term solutions...Our program follows at-risk youth through high school's critical four grades, laying a foundation for broader opportunities:
But what is an "Ashera"??
Back in the day when the most common way to lose a mother, sister, or daughter was in childbirth, tribal women looked to the goddess Ashera when they needed reproductive good fortune for the literal survival of their families. In Ashera's lore were the wise ways passed from generation to generation, just as it is our aim to provide our community's youth with lessons for a better life. We pronounce it "a-share-a".
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