City Year Founding Story: It takes a village

It takes a whole village to raise a child because a
child is an active social being who interacts with
people who are not his or her parents. With each
interaction, it is imperative that the child receive
the same messages about what is right and wrong,
what is valued and what is to be rejected, and what is
safe. It is the shared values of the village, the shared
commitment to each child as a loved individual and
future citizen of the village, and the shared sense of
collective responsibility that underscore the truth
of why it takes a whole village to raise a child. If the
village does not support the proper raising of a child,
then a parent has a difficult road indeed, and the
child is at risk. It also takes a whole village to raise a
child because a village is comprised of a diverse array
of people of all ages and experiences, each of whom
has something to teach a child. Similarly, “it takes
a village” to achieve any large civic goal. It takes a
shared vision, a set of shared values, and a shared
sense of collective responsibility for the common
good.

It takes a whole
village to raise a
child.
– Igbo (Nigeria) Proverb

 

City Year Founding Story: It takes a village