It wasn’t that many years ago that Danton Floyd was a student at Cluster Tutoring. Now, he is using his 10 years of experience as an educator, youth worker, and organizer to improve black neighborhoods on the West Side where he grew up.
Danton founded an organization called 360 Nation. The group aims to serve as a model for self-reliance for black children and their families. Its website describes 360 Nation as an organization that uses relationship-building, gifts, and talents to promote self-determination in the black community. It offers programs throughout the school year and summer, including its Summer Freedom School, to focus on students in grades 6-12. Its core values are creativity, resilience, reflection, and hope.
Danton was recently featured in an interview on public radio station WBEZ about a project by the Jane Addams Hull House Museum. He discussed the work of 360 Nation and the history of and current situation on Chicago’s West Side. You can listen to the interview here.
Danton started as a Cluster student in the 5th grade and stayed until he graduated high school in 2000. He has been back at Cluster a few times to speak about careers and to attend the year-end pizza party.
Danton’s mother, Faye Graham Floyd, is on the Cluster Tutoring Board of Directors.