Piney Woods cannot exist without love, and without a clear understanding of the ways, it binds us all together. It is love—for oneself, for one another, and then, eventually, for one’s own unique learning journey – that undergirds all of our efforts to help young people find their footing, their calling, and their voice. And it is the legacy of that love that keeps us connected to one another across the generations – and expands our community to literally stretch across the world.
As a residential community of adults and young people, and as a vibrant alumni network of scholar-activists, we are more than a school. We are a family. And so whether our students come to us from the protective cocoon of a loving family, or the chaotic swirl of an unsafe environment, our primary job is to create a campus culture in which all people feel that they have voice, value and visibility, and where everyone’s daily experiences are rich with ritualistic reminders of why this is the place they belong.
This foundation has always been part of who we have been at Piney Woods. It will remain central to who we become.