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Krystal Dillard is the Co-Director of Natural Creativity Center, a self-directed resource center for families who want an alternative to education for preschool through high school-aged young people. In this interview, she spoke about the center during the 2021-2022 school year. From the transition from outside gathering back to inside. How the center shifted to a forest school formate. The activities their young people did, from fire making to walking around the circumference of all of Philadelphia. During the transition back to inside learning, two staff members left due to vaccine requirements. Dillard spoke about how the loss of those staff members was a relief due to how they interacted with trans and nonbinary young people.Dillard reflected on her personal development in her role. She joined the center right before the shutdown. She spoke about her hopes for the future. The struggle to find funding and how the center will now take what they were pre-pandemic and what they were during the pandemic to become something else, always evolving to best support and serve their families.
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