corners’ mission is to cultivate resilience – to empower people in any corner to develop reciprocal relationships and sustainable economies.
In Kenya, corners’ Conscientious Citizenship Program directly engages local educators, students and leaders in empowering their communities to cultivate resilience against crisis and poverty.
our builders & supporters
Those Who Laid the Corner(s)stone
Coleman Jordan Carmen Reis Rodolfo Martinez Michelle Pajot Quentin Hill
Friends alongside us on this path. Joyland School Kenya Ministry of Education
and many more on similar paths.
Gratitude beyond words to so many in Kenya and Canada. Our list is long and the update is coming soon.
Transformative Citizenship Program in Kenya
We have been asked to run an expansion of the Conscientious Citizenship Program in Kenya. We delivered a Kenyan pilot of our program last year. This expanded run will include training a group of Kenyan educators. We will also be inviting select Ugandan and Tanzanian educators to observe and be trained.
The program has expanded my mind and has made me changed person, that is my thinking capacity - it's critical. I have managed to improve my characters. I used to bully students around but now I am a changed person. Before I could not stand before a group of people and communicate well but because of this program I am a changed person and a good communicator. My relationship with most of the students in school and at home is super just because of the Conscientious Citizenship Program.
I was the advisor who first indicated to Corners that their Transformative Citizenship Program addressed two gaps in the current secondary school curricula in the country namely; character development and entrepreneurship/life skills.
I have no doubts that Corners is well placed in local and international networks and has gained the requisite experience in Kenya to be able to expand the program in – country and to neighboring countries in future. It is my hope that they will be granted all the support they may need to undertake this task.
Completing the corners coursework allowed me to build relationships in a relaxed group setting while learning about myself. The program taught me a lot about who I am as a person and mentally prepared me for the civic engagement projects of corners and my own.... The relationships I have built while assisting on improving Joyland Special Secondary School in Kenya are those that I will forever cherish and maintain as I continue to engage and collaborate in ongoing work at the school. My journey to Kenya will always be a part of me and I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to be affiliated with such a meaningful organisation.
The Transformative Citizenship Program in Canada for Post-Secondary Students & Professionals
(for a fee)
The Transformative Citizenship Program in Canada for Communities
The Transformative Citizenship Program in Canada Teacher Training
corners' Field Projects
Architect, Design Lead and Partner in corners, Coleman Jordan, is leading corners’ primary, field project. The “Joyland Rebuild” Project is the redesign and rebuild of the large secondary school in Kisumu, Kenya where corners also ran the pilot of the Transformative Citizenship Program. Joyland School and corners have a long and deep relationship.
This project is addressing two urgent and ever-present issues: Accessibility and Sustainability. Both the design and build process will be performed according to the highest international standards reflected in architecture today on these two subjects.
“Joyland Rebuild” is a project that has been recognized as planning a potential model for future public buildings, internationally. Coleman Jordan and a corners alumna, Alyssa Vanden Engel, will be presenting “Joyland Rebuild” at an upcoming ArchiAfrika conference – the Pan-African conference of leading edge architecture.
corners. "From the Field"
Filmmaker, David St. Louis, beautifully captured corners through the lens of a group of Canadians who participated in the Transformative Citizenship Program for post-secondary students & professionals at home; traveling to Kenya for their work placements in two of our Field Projects.
The Field Projects seen in this moving documentary short film are “The Ways of Wild Water Hyacinth” and “Joyland Rebuild”.
“The Ways of Wild Water Hyacinth” was a project done in collaboration with the women’s Cooperative of Asembo Bay, Kenya. This strong economic and social cooperative worked with us to learn how to use a plant that has been a menace (choking out Lake Victoria for years) as a truly amazing agricultural and economic resource.
“Joyland Rebuild” – described above.
Enjoy the film!
Interested in applying for our Transformative Citizenship Program?