In the first year of working with Somali Bantu youth, Barbara was taught the word "Iskashitaa". Iskashitaa is the Somali Bantu word for working cooperatively together and fit perfectly with what the group was becoming. As Barbara built a grassroots organization that focused on empowering and learning together, she knew no other word fit as well as Iskashitaa. At that time, the Somali Bantu did not have a written representation of their language. Therefore, Barbara was challenged with the task of creating the spelling for Iskashitaa.