“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible”
— Tony Robbins
- Designed a series of Trauma-Informed Summits and community-level Calls To Action on behalf of the Black Mental Health Alliance.
- A Fellowship with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement supported a series of workshops to help Black men build resiliency, manage and reduce stress, broaden emotional expression, highlight pro-social behavior, and participate in collaborative intergenerational activities.
- The RISE Capacity Building Institute — funded by the Research, Integration, Strategy and Evaluation for Boys and Men of Color (RISE); Equal Measure; and the Annie E. Casey Foundation — is a series of ongoing workshops for grassroots organizations that serve Black men and boys. Key topics include: research and evaluation, strategic planning, and sustainability.
- Conducted a scan of over 50 existing programs that serve Baltimore’s black male youth to assess the organizational and leadership capacity of grassroots organizations, and to recommend capacity development activities. Completed a report for My Brother’s Keeper-Baltimore to promote and enhance citywide collaborations and refine programmatic strategies in order to impact the alarming challenges faced by black male youth.
- Survey Research Project on Black Men and Depression is an examination of the barriers to treatment including the impact of stigma on Black men’s utilization of mental health services.
- Designing a Self-Care Manual for Professionals of Color as an intervention for challenging communities.
- Designing an impact study for Kaiser Permanente’s Good Health and Great Hair Program which offers health education and access to health screenings in collaboration with local barbershops and beauty salons.
- Helping Hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers secure funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA, CDC, and SAMHSA) to expand their capacity to provide primary care, infectious disease, and behavioral health services to vulnerable populations.
- Co-facilitated a peer learning and cross-cultural exchange for 18 middle and high school aged girls through the Black Girls Global Exchange. Girls traveled from Baltimore to South Africa (Johannesburg and Soweto) and eSwatini (formerly Swaziland) to collaborate with 55 of their peers on service projects to address global issues disproportionately affecting Black girls.
- Examined the unmet needs of expectant and parenting youth (and their children) in the foster care system on behalf of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting Support Portfolio. Created a baseline assessment tool to clarify what types of data on expectant and parenting youth in foster care were being collected by child welfare agencies across the U.S. Proposed recommendations to enhance the state-level Child Welfare Systems’ collection, analysis, and use of expectant and parenting youth data.