Former rival youth from African American and Latinx heritages founded a group which brings together youth from all backgrounds and ethnicities and heritages. Overseen and facilitated by a “Street Practitioner”, one who has lived experience and knowledge that he can share effectively with our community’s youth.
Collaborating with other agencies and individuals who are working to bring about peace among our youth remains a priority. Early this school year, we requested to visit elementary and middle school classrooms to deliver “Impact Talks” as part of the program compnent’s early intervention strategies.
In Emotional Emancipation (EE) Circles, we come together to:
Share our stories and feelings, always respecting the humanity and dignity of each EE Circle member;
Deepen our understanding of the impact of historical forces on our emotional lives, our relationships, and well-being of our communities;
Free our minds and spirits from the lies of White superiority and Black inferiority, and heal from the historical and continuing trauma of racism; Develop strategies to extinguish the lie of White superiority and Black inferiority- once and for all.
Tell ourselves a new, liberating, and empowering story about who we are as people of African ancestry, revitalize ourselves and our relationships with each other;
Learn and practice essential emotional wellness skills to help us be at our very best–as individuals and as a people.