Focus Areas

Education Equity

Every person in America has the right to a high-quality education—from early education through high school graduation and beyond. Unfortunately, disparities in quality, access, and outcomes continue to disproportionately impact low-income communities and communities of color. To close the opportunity gap in education for every child and young person, equitable and culturally relevant policies and practices must be implemented throughout educational systems and in individual classrooms. The Moriah Group works with schools and systems to ensure that policies, curricula, and school culture meet the needs and promise of every student.

Healthy Children and Families

Young adult parents, especially young fathers, need support as they face the challenges of transitioning into adulthood and the responsibility of raising children. However, in a society that isolates and stereotypes them, social services, advanced education, and living-wage employment can be particularly challenging to access and maintain. The Moriah Group convenes stakeholders, conducts qualitative research, and advises philanthropy on the development of initiatives supporting young adult parents.

Leadership Development

Community activists, advocates and social changemakers are often challenged with finding the time and opportunity to care for their well-being and need for healing. The Moriah Group’s vision for leadership development prioritizes “healing the healers” by creating trusted multi-disciplinary, intergenerational communities of care where leaders of color can collaborate, dream, reimagine, and reclaim their own humanity in the process. With the well-being of racial healers at the center of our programming, we equip them with effective tools, resources, and strategies that help them to fulfill their personal and organizational missions in the world.

Racial Trauma & Healing

Historical and contemporary racial dehumanization is the root cause of racial inequality in our society and drives the marginalization of communities of color. Disrupting the cycle of dehumanization and advocating for solutions rooted in culturally responsive healing are critical first steps to addressing the deep wounds of racial trauma and creating a thriving society for all.

Juvenile Justice

Youth become involved with the juvenile justice system for a variety of reasons. Youth of color are especially prone to risk factors such as the criminalization of their behaviors, disproportionate minority contact via the school-to-prison pipeline, and poverty. Young people are capable of change and they experience the best outcomes when connected to community-based services including family strengthening, mental health services, employment, education, and leadership development. The justice system should be a system of last resort.

The Moriah Group has researched best practices for keeping as many youth in their communities as possible, including supporting youth voice in the decisions made about them. Based on this research, we advise and develop recommendations for a range of stakeholders, and advocate for cross-systems partnerships that support youth rather than criminalize them.

Youth Employment

Career pathways for youth are vital to their healthy transition into adulthood and early work experiences dramatically increase their lifetime earning potential. The Moriah Group researches best practices in youth employment, analyzes qualitative and quantitative data, delivers technical assistance to a range of organizations, and has written extensively on this topic. We have particular expertise in developing on-ramps to employment for youth experiencing barriers such as high school dropout, homelessness, or contact with the justice system.

"You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines. You make progress by implementing ideas." - Shirley Chisholm