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Donor Spotlight:

BIG thank you to Michael Bobino, Co-Founder of F&M Publishing LLC in Oakland, CA for donating these phenomenal books! Learn more about F&M below


F&M Publishing merges Augmented Reality with literature to create fun, educational and interactive ways to experience reading. F&M provides an opportunity for artists to discover and showcase their literary talents. Expanding on their creations through the use of technology.

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 “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”


Ancestor Nelson Mandela

Community Care

Arts Integration

Legacy building

Each one, Teach one

Inquiry- based learning

Asé O Foundations


Cultural &Ancestral Awareness

Wholistic Development

About Asé O

Asé O: Descendants of Roots & Legacy is Sweet Herbal Honey Apothecary's Community Art and Wellness program that grounds itself in integrational bridging, inquiry-based learning, and the full-person approach to learning. Our program centers on wellness, arts integration, literacy, and social-emotional through the lens of life. Asé O partners with organizations, participating students, and creators interested in teaching their field of focus, creatively and with collective legacy at the forefront. Our program supports organizations, families, and individuals through teaching, coaching, and building integrative curriculums that expand our awareness about ourselves and the world(s) we experience.

Our entry point to collective legacy building and creative-based wellness centers in the traditional framework of each one, teach one mindset that investigates our role(s) in collective liberation. Asé O's approach to education builds and nourishes a sustaining foundation that uses creativity for expression, activism, community empowerment, emotional awareness, identity exploration, entrepreneurship, equitability, solution building, interpersonal development, and an understanding of systemic gaps that lead to community separation.









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Introduction to Natural Dyeing & Painting Workshop:
"Mural to our Ancestors"

Partnership with Abundant Beginnings Freedom Forest School 
Oakland, CA

Introduction to Natural Dyeing & Painting Workshop:
In partnership with Lion Creek Apartments || Teen Creative Camp
Oakland, CA


Our mission is to use creativity to expand minds and unveil new pathways that support individuals learning abilities, creative passions, careers, and potential teaching interests that welcome new ways to use their natural gifts and interest(s). This support in expansion and imagination brings forth the necessary tools that uplift healthy minds, expand hearts, and cultivate a brighter intergenerational future. 

Asé  O centers the exploration of life through the lens of creative practice that gives participants the nurturing space to explore and practice the research, discovery application, and radical action of using a creative expression for unpacking trauma and intergenerational patterns while embracing new perspectives of healing, personal fulfillment, global liberation, and social change.


This discovery constructs through the lens of the Socio-Ecological Model and Social Change Ecosystem of understanding our part in collective social change. ​

Introduction to Natural Dyeing & Painting Workshop:
"Mural to our Ancestors"

Partnership with Abundant Beginnings Freedom Forest School 
Oakland, CA

Social Emotional Learning/Understanding *(SEL)
Creative Entrepreneurship, Neighborhood Development 


Education is a powerful and accessible tool that leads to personal and collective freedom. Through Jaee Sumter's personal experiences and challenges with Dyslexia in the systemic education pipeline, their approaches to learning differed based on neighborhood and community. Jaee's migration of attending many educational environments taught them how to process information using methods that better suited their levels of understanding. This consistent practice supported them mostly beyond the classroom and in their communities that welcomed discovery as an explorative learning tool for comprehension.

Through inquiry and the mentality of trying something different, until understood, these discoveries began to build naturally as foundational ground due to the tangibility of understanding the mind and hidden interests that provided greater integration with piecing together information. Creative practice, healing artivism, and arts integration became a solid ground for learning, where beat-making, drawing and word-based flashcards, games, cooking, stepping, lists, singing as memory, vision boards, maps, movement, reading, and creative writing developed a sense of freedom, holistically. Using these practices of memorization, critical solution building, self & community awareness, consistency, legacy building, and inquiry-based learning still support their process of understanding the world from an eco-systemically and social change lens.

Over the years, this form of consistency in approach to learning and understanding supported them as a student of life and an educator. Through skill development, creative-critical thinking, and arts integration, these approaches began to support their overall confidence, organizational skills, socio-emotional understanding, and mindfulness. These approaches to learning develop as a toolkit for success that provides participants with the freedom to explore themselves, build community, and understand what liberation means to them, personally and collectively. Learning should be a daily practice of creation, information, inclusivity, liberation, and preparation for real-life experiences. Through those personal experiences and challenges, this has guided Jaee deeply in the educational field to provide supportive environments where learning is fun, mindful, and explorative, regardless of any challenges, interpersonal realities and disabilities.

Through this program, we support each person by using creative practice as a grounding point for discovering their learning styles, interests, and purpose in and beyond classroom settings, unpacking themes of social justice, and introducing new practices. 

Ase’ O is a program that offers wellness, community arts, and activism to support youth and adults in learning. Jaee Sumter is our core educating artist who teaches Arts Integration practices, manages behind-the-scenes, and coaches new teaching creators for our Ubuntu project.

Through Ase' O, we use our community arts and wellness curriculum to teach in all spaces. Our curriculum development derives from Jaee's diverse teaching experiences of working in traditional and nontraditional learning environments within and beyond the U.S. We support interested creators and practitioners in teaching their practice to the communities of color that introduce these practices in building great understanding and toolkits for success.


Asé O: Descendants of Roots & Legacy

  • Asé  O can be in your community space for one-time classes or semester/year-long projects. 

  • Asé  O does instruct in person and virtually to all age groups, including adults. Instruction includes traditional/nontraditional environments.

  • Asé O does table at events and offers creative workshops for events, small groups, organization team building, group professional development and classes.


Asé O: Descendants of Roots & Legacy

 Educating Community Artist:

  • Asé O supports and coaches new and interested artists in teaching what they know to youth and adults, virtually and in person. We help you build and construct the necessary skills in your educational development within and beyond the classroom. This development includes community management, educating through the lens of your craft, curriculum building, lesson planning, teaching pedagogy, resume, etc...

  • Asé  O welcomes all interested educators of all creative fields. 

(Poets, comedians, visual artists, dancers, cooks, musicians, building/trade, public speakers, sex educators, herbalists, wellness practitioners, farmers, etc...)

Schools, Small Businesses & Organizations: 

  • Asé O supports schools, organizations, DOE teachers, and individuals in curriculum building that supports arts integration and inquiry learning within new and pre-existing. 

  • Asé  O supports organizations and professional development workshops through community art, creative team building, wellness, and meditation. 


Our beliefs and values

 Legacy work is vital in our journey toward personal and collective liberation. As we learn from each other through active participation, we create more blueprints and roadmaps that lead to social change. Generationally, we are the leaders of today and tomorrow. We each have the puzzle piece to collective social change.


We believe that --- as a people, we are all the past, current and future generations of world changers, visionaries, healers, free-thinkers, builders, educators, and movement shakers that will continue the torch in liberating our collective. We valuintegrative education as one of many forms of liberation that can thrive within and beyond the classrooms.  

Sweet Care Introduction to Herbs Class
*Frame: herbs for dyeing, medicine and art making

Partnership with University of California, Berkeley, People of Color Co-operative House
Berkeley, CA

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Letters to our Ancestors (Natural Dyeing Mural)

Partnership with Project Q, Queer Salon and free store || offers free resources for Black and Brown LGBTQIA+ shelter=less young people

Los Angeles, CA

Key Areas of Focus

Learning & Understanding

Collaboration & Community

Critical & Creative Thinking

Skill Development


Self, Socio, Cultural & Global Awareness

Analyzation & Research 

Problem-Solving & Inquiry based learning

 Asé O Curriculum & Community Resources 



- Lessons for English for Second language learners

- Highlights 208books from POC authors

- Community based lesson plans

- Printable worksheets

- Run of Shows for trips and art show

- Student examples 

- Syllabus samples and artist studies

- Arts-literacy based homework

- Adult workshops 


 Community Framework:

Honoring Our Narratives

208 community-oriented books by POC authors for youth & adults 


Book Themes:


  1. Experimenting Visually

  2. Exploring Poetry & Creative Writing 

  3. Understanding History

  4. Remembering the Honoring: Times & Story tell Gifted by Our Ancestors & Elders Legacy 

  5. Caring for LGTBQIA & Gender Identity 

  6. Reclaiming Culture & Identity

  7. Being Mindful with our Practices and Skills

  8. Food for the Soul 

  9. Centering Multicultural Traditions

  10. Fighting for Justice & Equality

  11. Healing Community

  12. Moving through and with Grief & Loss

  13. Living joyously in our hair

  14. Honoring the land: Herbalism & Farming

  15. Embodying our Ancestors & Community Land

  16. Self-love is Community Love

  17. Celebrating Diversity

  18. Aligning with our Dreams

  19. Teaching Sex Education, Consent & Body Safety

  20. Supporting Trauma Healing & Mental Health 

  21. Moving towards Financial Independence & Wealth



Educational settings includes, but no limited to 


Public, Charter, International, Alternative Schools: Elementary, Middle, High School, Alternative Centers and Colleges

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when you learn, TEACH.

when you get, GIVE.


 Ancestor Maya Angelou

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Adult Workshops
Non-traditional school programming
In-School Programming
Educator, Art Show curator & Producer

The Ubuntu Project

First Cohort Term begins

Fall: November -December 2023

Check out our Fall Cohort.