Liberated Young is an educational freedom initiative. We help parents develop the mindset and tools to transition into a liberated learning environment. We create curated and researched content, educational resources, and culturally empowering learning products for parents and children who want to get free.
While our approach is relevant for anyone considering a different way to learn, our focus is Black youth and families and we’re advocates for alternative education. We believe in education for liberation. How we define and approach it, what it looks like, and more importantly, what it doesn’t. And choosing something different than what’s currently in place, what isn’t working — for us.
My journey into motherhood began in 2008. Less than a decade later, I found myself unlearning and unraveling everything I had come to believe about raising Black children. When I made the decision to withdraw my son from public school in 2017, I had no idea that it would be the thread that would unravel it all. What I anticipated would be a temporary salve for a challenging school year was the start of a journey that would change our family’s lives forever.
That was four years ago. And since then, our family has gone from homeschooling one young person to two. From curriculums that mirrored our public school experiences to a more child-led approach. From reluctant homeschoolers to liberated learners.
We started by taking back control of children’s education. Then gradually moved onto deschooling ourselves. That eventually evolved into centering our Blackness and letting our children lead the way.
Early on in our journey, what I craved the most was community. To connect with families that looked like mine. To see another Black mama striving to free herself and raise free Black children. Eventually I did find those women and you’ll be introduced to them within this space. With them, another layer of my freedom journey began. One where my passion for alternative learning led me on my own self-directed study of Black education.
I initially began Liberated Young as a newsletter to document my learnings. Since then, it has evolved into so much more. A community initiative. A resource. An example. A dedicated space for parents, educators, and people who want to reimagine education for our liberation.
About the Founder
Liberated Young is published and founded by Tyshia Ingram. A writer, entrepreneur, and advocate. Her writing on parenting, self-directed education, and liberation has been featured on Vox, Motherly, Business Insider, and Successful Black Parenting. Find her managing a blended family of young learners in Philadelphia. Learn more about her and her work at: www.tyshiashante.com.