The Beaver: Wisdom The Mantra: I Do
The Programs: Sustainable Living & Housing
The beaver is creative, a problem-solver, and a hard worker that does not quit until the job is complete. Wise beavers do not give up on their plans, they adapt & adjust their plans to fit their needs.
Wisdom is the use of knowledge to impact our environment and create a more sustainable world. Wisdom is gained through experience on our journey through life. Every person has earned wisdom through their lived experiences, and those experiences bring a valuable perspective to the community. The building of a community relies on gifts given to each member. If the knowledge we have is incomplete, our impact will suffer. Wisdom is accepting responsibility and accountability, listening to advice, and understanding instruction. Is what you’re about to do kind and fair? Do you have the self-control to slow down and think about choices or rush ahead without much thought and consider the consequences later? Do you make assumptions about people or situations without asking for more information? Making assumptions means that we are disregarding truth for ease or ego. Never make assumptions, ask questions, seek the truth, and communicate as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstanding. To have wisdom is to be open to learning new things, allowing yourself to grow, and how to apply these new adaptations to your daily life.
Application & Leadership: We have assigned Wisdom to our Sustainable Living work because knowledge and understanding are the keys to growth as individuals & community members. Our sustainable living programs have helped formerly incarcerated clients attend college, gain job training, secure employment, start businesses, and even purchase homes.
In our leadership, Wisdom is applied in our studies of the laws and policies that impact our communities. We are aware that as community leaders, we can always learn more, becoming more effective advocates for those we serve.
Partnership Collaboration Programming:
- High School Diploma / GED during & after Incarceration
- Vocational / College during & after incarceration
- Educational Grants & Social Enterprise
- Financial Literacy
- TGNCI Name Change support
- Housing Resources