FBF’s three-strand Wellbeing Development Strategy includes Mental Wellbeing through our Pro-Black Mental Health Services; Financial Wellbeing through our Financial Literacy programs; and Career Wellbeing through our Education and Career Strategies Programs. We believe we cannot separate these three developmental areas in adolescence and early adulthood. Black female youth accessing our services in these three areas will improve their outcomes significantly by setting the right foundation for their lives.
Pro-Black Mental Health Services
Studies indicate the psychological effects of racism include post-traumatic stress disorder and other forms of stress-related disorders. Due to race-based threats, Black families are reluctant to engage with services and avail of community resources mostly because many are part of a system that has been historically oppressive towards them.
Financial literacy is an essential life skill, especially as you enter the workforce, get credit cards, and apply for loans. The Canadian Financial Capability Survey (CFCS) indicates that women (68%) have a much lower understanding of finances and, in the long term, suffer greater financial stress than their male counterparts. The same survey also exposes the differences between Anglophone versus Francophone Canadians. It appears that certain groups have faced barriers in improving their financial knowledge, which highlights the need to tailor financial literacy efforts for different populations.
Career & Education Strategies
FBF offers a feminist response to the current impacts of COVID-19 on the educational and career goals of Black girls and women. We focus on systemic issues that impact the population we serve and have developed a number of tools and resources.