Who we are
ALC Mosaic is a Self-Directed Education collective anchored at our urban campus in East Charlotte. We provide an environment for liberation where: personal growth flourishes when directed by an individual’s own interests and talents, social responsibility emerges from intentionally designing and evolving our culture, and community results from diverse people of all ages practicing consent, conscious communication, and radical love.
What we’re creating
Our vision is to be a transformative community that reflects Charlotte’s diversity of races, ages, physical abilities, ethnicities, religious and spiritual groups, socioeconomic statuses, sexual orientations, and gender expressions. We use our practices of Self-Directed Education to name and disrupt racism, classism, ageism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression as we care for ourselves, one another, our wider communities and all humans through expressions of radical love.
For us, radical love is community members caring for others and spaces beyond the lines of the nuclear family and private ownership through a range of practices including empathy-based communication, trust centered decision making, shared and visible workload to keep the community thriving, and the cultural work of deschooling towards the transformation of self and the collective.
As we liberate ourselves from stories of domination, we will become an image of possibility for others in our broader community to trust their own path towards collective freedom. We believe the medium is the message so our community organization is intentionally agile, utilizing tools for visibility and transparency and and inviting all members into authentic forms of leadership.
All community members, from children to elder adults, staff, parents, and adult non-parent members, are actively engaged in Self-Directed Education and support the community as a whole in their own unique ways.