Whether we are dealing with neighborhood violence or violence at the hands of law enforcement, witnessing harm being done to black bodies so frequently has traumatizing effects on us all. Learning how to process and move through this trauma is difficult enough for adults and even moreso for youth as they learn the harsh realities of our society. Building a safe space for our youth to explore the impact of racial violence on their mental and emotional well-being is crucial for their wellness.
The goal of the Black Child Well Project is to empower our youth to live full, healthy, lives while withstanding the stresses of existing in a violent and oppressive society. A team of mental health professionals will guide workshop attendees in discussing social and racial trauma, self care, and what holistic wellness can look like for each individual while building a supportive communal bond with their peers. This project is a collaboration with A Peace of Mind Inc., a non-profit 501c3 organization.
The full 5-hour workshops are designed for youth ages 13 - 17. Topics include:
Trauma and grief as it relates to racial violence
Recognizing and communicating mental and emotional needs
Self-care and coping
Community building through art
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