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Start-up Bear Root Resource Center as Non-Profit

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As community advocates for over 24 years, we are expanding our workshops and events to start-up an official Non-profit organization. It is also important to mention that three years ago, I wrote a children's book with that was Co-authored with my friend, Nyasha Williams, that will be published later this year. The story is called "The Great Shift," where a child wakes up and is excited to share that there is nothing wrong in the world any longer and we have nothing left to fear. The child is excited to take us through what our future community and world can look like, as told through a child's eyes. At the end of the book, there is a picture with many shoes of different sizes and the text will include a phrase, "What shoes will you fill?," as this is a call to action. What I began to realize last year, was that the message of this story needs to come to life and we actually need to create the solutions to help heal our communities and world. We have a goal to open our first physical location for Bear Roots Resource Center in 2024 and expand our locations in the future. Our video demonstrates examples of what we currently offer and future plans. We thank you in advance for your time to learn about our cause and support our community. Tax ID #81-0727938

Bear Roots Resource Center is an Indigenous and Black collaboration, honored as a woman-led charitable organization that is dedicated to serving and empowering our community with prayerful intentions, Our Executive Leadership Team includes Keri R. Akemi-Hernandez, Executive Director/Founder, and Bency Joseph, Co-Founder, are focused on bringing solutions to protect and transform our most vulnerable communities who are disproportionately impacted by climate change, legacy pollution, and historical dis-investments. Our founders are dedicated to honoring their Ancestral roots and reweaving those traditions into the way we live our lives in this present moment. We are teaching people how to be in a relationship with the land and connect to their roots. Our innovative programs will shape and shift us into our collective bright future.

Bear Roots Resource Center aims to S.H.I.F.T. the narrative to Support, Heal, Inspire, Fulfill, and Transform individual lives and communities in all 4 directions, as we build an innovative network through shared resources to create a circular economy that encourages a more sustainable world. We are determined to protect all that is sacred for our future 7 generations. Our strategic plan collaborates with community leaders and change-makers to impact policy and social systems to protect BIPOC futures so individuals can thrive, While restoring balance to Mother Earth we are actively engaged to protect our Land, Water, Air, and Fire so we can adapt and respond to climate change.

“Remember you are medicine,” is to remind you of who you are, awaken your unique gifts within, and welcome you home where you belong, while we help you fulfill your purpose to share with the world. Our programs focus on empowering individuals and community as a whole to restore balance to our Mother Earth by offering resources that focus on 5 essential areas to: Support, Heal, Inspire, Fulfill and Transform the way we live. We apply the 4 directions concept as a foundation to reconnect us to our roots. Our connection to land is at the center of how we will heal our community. We will keep you informed on important matters that we need help to advocate, protect, and implement.

We envision an ambitious plan that acknowledges through small acts of kindness and combined with our focused strategy will heal the world. Love is the answer to resolve all that is broken and it requires each of us to take deliberate action to make it all possible. Our core values are aligned with the local, and the State of California and Global 2030 initiative that was created to protect 30 percent of the Earth’s Land, Waters, and all living things by the year 2030. We have two distinct paths to protect our community; the First area focuses on creating our local resource center with Its 1st location In Vallejo, California, with a plan to expand to Sacramento, California in our 2nd year, and in our 3rd year we will open franchise opportunities in target areas throughout the United States, and our Second path focuses on our most vulnerable communities to establish community disaster response shelters. We need your help to accelerate our plan to adapt and overcome the impacts of climate change.

We listen and respond to our community's needs to attain self-determination, promote self-sufficiency, and resiliency, and advocate for social justice. We have programs focused on Spirituality, Human Rights, Personal Finances, Housing, Language Justice, and Immigration. (Community Care)

We combine culturally relevant medicine and components of Western medicine into our holistic wellness programs. We offer nutrition, wellness, fitness, self-care, mental health, yoga, pilates, Zumba, dance, martial arts, and cultural tradition workshops and classes. (Health)

We will guide you through the historical and present-day cultural contributions of local and global regions. We have a K-12 curriculum, college courses, Technology, Art, Food Sovereignty, Permaculture, Life Skills, and Cultural Traditions programs. (Education)

We celebrate our unique cultures and invest to protect our BIPOC community's individual and collective futures. We impact policy and advance social change to restore everything that is rooted in the land. Our programs include Cultural and Ecological preservation, Stewardship, and Culturally relevant tourism, as well as prevention, intervention, rehabilitation, and second chance programs. (Regeneration & Transformative)

We will work with you to create a personal road map to become your best self while pursuing your bright path. We have designed innovative resources, and workshops, with programs to help you thrive in business, entrepreneurship, and technology, and open doors through our vast network to match you with internships, multicultural exchange, reconnect to your roots, artist residency, and more. (Thrive)

We are grateful for your donation and support of our Bear Root Resource Center organization. We respect the privacy of its donors and are committed to safeguarding your information. Our Donor Privacy Policy was adopted to ensure that we honor your wishes. If you agree and confirm in writing that we can share your name to acknowledge and recognize your Donation to say "Thank you," then we will do so, if you decline and would like your identity to remain anonymous, then we will respect your wishes. The information you provide is only for the stated purpose for which the information was collected and we do not sell share or trade our donors’ names or personal information to any 3rd party, nor send mailings to our donors on behalf of other organizations. View our Donor Privacy Terms & Conditions for more information.


Keri Akemi-Hernandez
Napa, CA

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