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Compassion Corps: Bringing CCT Into Communities of Color
Among this year’s Compassion Corps grantees is Lakiba Pittman, a Certified Teacher of CCT based in Palo Alto, California. Lakiba’s Compassion Corps project was to offer CCT in the South Bay to residents of “under-resourced communities, who might not have the resources to pay the full tuition for the course.”
By offering CCT for free, Lakiba was able to bring it to some for whom participating might otherwise be unfeasible. The participants were all people of color from under-resourced communities, and as a group they demonstrated a high level of engagement in social justice and local community issues. Accordingly, these topics arose naturally over the course of the eight weeks, perhaps more so than they would in a CCT class offered for a fee to the general public.
After completing this class, Lakiba is enthusiastic about the experience. “I would say that CCT proved to be a powerful, meaningful and life-changing tool for each of the participants who are still letting me know how much it meant to them,” Lakiba says. “They are already planning times we can reunite and share…Overall, the class was extraordinary.”