Guest Speaker: Brandy Arnold, Director of School Success & Training at Project Wayfinder
Description: Feeling that we belong is foundational to living with purpose. Brandy Arnold will present 3 lessons from Project Wayfinder’s year-long Belonging curricula, which guide students to build meaningful, compassionate relationships with themselves, other people, and the wider world. The Belonging curriculum is suitable for 7th-10th graders.
Lessons are designed to support quick and easy implementation:
-Suitable to be taught as one-off lessons or as a yearlong program
-Each lesson is backed by evidence-based research and social science
-Extensive classroom tools to build a positive and safe classroom culture
Brandy is passionate about creating equitable access to opportunity for young people, while equipping them with tools to lead lives of self-determination. Before joining Project Wayfinder, Brandy was Program Manager at West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT), where she taught the Project Wayfinder Purpose curriculum to young adults exploring college and career pathways. She also worked within one of their social enterprises, Public Agency. There she trained businesses, organizations, and institutions in equity-centered design (a process with roots in human-centered design) to help them reimagine their policies, processes, and programs to achieve more equitable outcomes. Prior to WMCAT, Brandy served as Youth & Inclusion Specialist at food security organization Kids’ Food Basket, focusing on youth development and co-leading the organization’s equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives. She was also an adjunct instructor at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), teaching in the school of Public + Nonprofit Administration.