Note: "The Effects
of Poverty on Child Development and School Success"
Douglas J. Quiett, L.C.S.W., WestEd Senior Program
is child care and professional development. With a focus on the importance of culture
in the identity formation process of young children. He created a home visiting curriculum that combines best practices in
the social work aspect of home visiting with the essentials of the Program for Infant/Toddler Care approach to childcare.
The Culture of Poverty
“Prison to Ph.D.: The Road to Redemption
for African American Ex-offenders”
Jason Marque Sole, ABD President of Jason Sole Consulting, LLC
The goals are to explain the holistic
approach to becoming successful after incarceration. In addition, the participants will learn the most effective strategies
to reintegrating African American ex-offenders into the community.
Jason Sole Consulting
"Killing Us Softly"
Fisher, BA, LADC Chemical Health Supervisor at African American Family Services
will explore the historical and ongoing genocide of the black family through generational
post traumatic stress disorder as it relates to historical black sexual trauma. Participants will gain a basic understanding
of the current effects of historical sexual trauma on the black family and leave with strategies to help promote healthy sexuality
and a positive sexual identity.
To outline the practice of sexual trauma/exploitation in African American men and women throughout the
United States history.
myths of black sexuality.
Describe current consequences of sexual trauma.
- To provide
strategies for promoting healthy sexual identity in black men and their families.
“The Blackness of Bullying”
Brandon Jones, MA BeMore Campaign Coordinator at The Family Partnership
The goal of this workshop
is to get attendees to understand how bullying is depicted in the black community and how the forthcoming bullying policy
will affect the black community.
To examine what bullying
looks like in the black community.
To discuss how bullying
and youth violence correlate with Trauma in the black community.
- To discuss
ideas (Compassionate Accountability based) and solutions to decrease bullying incidents in the black community.
The Blackness Of Bullying
BeMore Campaign Presentation
The BeMore Campaign,
developed by The Family Partnership, is a culturally competent model to engage African American men in stopping violence against
women and girls by increasing the skills of African American men to engage young men and boys in conversations about healthy,
nonviolent, interpersonal relationships.
Video Clip: BeMore PSA
“Decoding Black Women from the Boardroom to the Bedroom”
Verona Mitchell-Agbemadi, Founder & CEO of CulTives and
Felicia Williams Gary cultural and historical consultant at CulTives
The session will present traditional
and contemporary research addressing the noted leadership styles of the African-American female that endured and transcended
slavery and the harsh realities of racism and sexism. The presentation will also address how Black women function in dual
capacities with emotional intelligence and sexuality. The presentation will accomplish this by explaining key theories supporting
and demystifying the African-American female’s leadership style from the workplace to the bedroom. This presentation
aims to bridge understanding between the sexes while deeply accepting the methods of dual empowerment.
"Kujichagulia" define, name, create and speak for yourself”
LaRone Greer, social worker and Program Director at Project Imani
It is a program for young black
males that is based on curriculum from the seven principles of Kwanzaa & the rites of passage, and deals mainly with our
young black males in the juvenile justice & social services programs, but can apply to all of our youth, as I strongly
believe our youth need to learn more about our culture & where we came from, to show them where they can work towards,
with strong black male role models.
“Spiritual Praxis: Building and Sustaining
Pamela Ngunjiri, MSW, MTS, Learner Services
Mentor/Adjunct Instructor at Bethel University
The purpose of this workshop is to demonstrate one way
to empower Black Men and their families and communities, from a spiritual perspective. It covers issues related to spiritual
praxis which integrates the intent of theory with purposeful practice and reflection.
We also examine community and community member expectations using hands-on activities throughout the duration of the
workshop, reinforcing the learning experience which allows for the participant to develop target competencies and to link
the theory to real life situations. This model focus uses mentor-based groups
working from within the community rather than outside, and is based on the community and its member’s strengths.
Goal: Increase the pool of community practitioners and
other professionals mentoring African American men
Develop a holistic understanding of spiritual praxis
and its various factors in relation to spirituality, community and community members
Gain practical knowledge of the mentorship framework
for community service delivery through model.
the capacities of organizations to develop a holistic model of care within a mentor/mentee framework
“The DNA of Relationships
Development Through Traditions, Rituals and Mindfulness”
Rodney Kakuyu Dewberry, MSW, Private Practice CEO - Transformational Specialist at Optimize Mindfulness Consulting
was taught that whatever you sow in life you will reap. I was also taught that whatever you think about yourself will determine
the people you attract to yourself. A healthy relationship starts with healthy people. And knowing what you want and who you
are is necessary for a healthy relationship. What we bring to each new commitment is based upon who we are and what we know
and have learned throughout our life.
this workshop will explore: Understand and use of Traditions, Rituals and mindfulness as a natural transformation process
of change and development, Maintain motivation and finding value in your current Relationship or future situation, Focus on
not only a development process, but a new way of viewing your relationships and intentions, Mindfully create and commit to
intuitive relationship and the dismantling of Illusionary relationships.
Facebook: Rodney Kakuyu Dewberry
Closing Key Note: “Discovering
The Gift In The Wound"
Aqeela Sherrills, Executive Director of CSDI
Aqeela speaks and consults nationally and
internationally on violence intervention and prevention strategies and is the Principal of The Reverence Project, focused
on shifting worldwide imagination by instituting a practice of authentic exploration of the wounds in the personal life as
a means of accesses the gift of who we are by not defining ourselves as our experiences.
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