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Elevated Thought

Affirming cultural and community identity and supporting BIPOC young people in Lawrence as they pursue individual and community change through creative practice.

Located in Lawrence, Elevated Thought (ET) was founded in 2010 by community leader Marquis Victor to support BIPOC young people to have access to wide-ranging creative and alternative learning opportunities. ET affirms cultural and community identity and builds capacity for creative practices that enable youth to produce the stories and vision that lead to individual and community change. Highly adaptable, Elevated Thought confronts community needs and challenges, is present at cross-sector community leadership tables, and is a major actor in the civic life of Lawrence. A creative youth development organization at its core, Elevated Thought builds youth leadership and self-actualization to reach critical consciousness and better analyze the political, economic, and cultural issues around them.