Kesho Wazo, or “Tomorrow’s Ideas” in Swahili, was founded on the principles of breaking stereotypes and empowering the creative social abilities of young people. We want to provide opportunities for kids that usually wouldn’t get them and are kept from building their futures. Portland has a large immigrant youth population, despite Maine being the second whitest state. Here in Portland, Kesho Wazo’s goal is to build creative, educational, and athletic platforms where people of color have the chance to write their own narrative. In many predominantly white areas of Maine, the media and stereotypes are the main sources of information on the future and history of people of color. Kesho Wazo seeks to break this paradigm and tell the story of Maine’s melanated people through self-curated performances, clothing, and community events.
Photo Credit: Dylan Greenlaw