In response to the COVID crisis we have designed a program that caters specifically to the needs of Black female youth aged 16-22 and their communities.
This project is for Black girls and women aged 16-22 who are at risk of early school leaving or have already left school or employment due to conditions exacerbated by COVID. Participants are enrolled in a12 week development program that includes mindfulness CBT, professionalism, transferable skills like writing and communication, and digital literacy skills that help them re-enter education or employment (apply to college and or university; apprenticeship programs or jobs). The program also focuses on intersectionality and the social determinants of health in the COVID context. Participants are trained as COVID crisis volunteers to help their communities. The program is delivered through a combination of online learning; group activities, and individual sessions.
Weekly virtual activities include:
• 1-1 professional development sessions
• 1-1 therapeutic counselling
• Peer Support training
• Mindfulness CBT group therapy sessions
• Peer - Peer support sessions.
In addition, participants have access to computers, printers, and other resources that help them prepare for full time schooling or employment.
With a focus on self-care, mental health, and community resiliency, this program aims to equip participants with the skills to cope with COVID-related stressors and to help others within their communities cope with COVID-related challenges.
For more information and to find out how you can participate or help contact us.