This summer, Black Girls Smile has been able to expand its activation offerings from virtual, hybrid and now to in-person events. This year’s activity’s theme has centered around “Black Girls Are Magic.” Many young Black women and girls have not always
felt that magic or admiration from others in their communities or workplaces.
What’s Happening In Atlanta This Weekend?
During this year’s National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month or BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month, Black Girls Smile is hosting a “Black Girls Are Magic Sisterhood Summit” held on July 23 in Atlanta, Ga. During this one-day event, registrants 13 to 18 y/o will be able to participate in workshops that will cultivate their interpersonal skills, raise confidence, and mitigate the effects of isolation caused by Covid-19.
What Makes Black Girls Magic?
In many families, Black women bear the burden of many hats. They are often breadwinners, caregivers, community advocates, mothers, sisters, daughters, partners, students, and friends. Although, Black women have a unique experience because of the historical challenges that continue to plague their family structures and economic stability, they are still expected to remain “strong” or “resilient. Despite this, Black women continue to command space in environments that are much more comfortable with tolerating than celebrating them. This summer we thought it important to provide young Black women and girls with opportunities to recharge, redirect, and reemerge as their best self with self-care and introspection.
Is it National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month or is it BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month?
National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month has been recognized in July since 2008. It is also known as BIPOC Mental Health Awareness Month in honor of author and mental health advocate Bebe Moore Campbell. The Black community remains highly disproportionately represented with undiagnosed mental health conditions compared to their White counterparts. They are also less likely to seek treatment or have access to affordable and effective mental healthcare services. NMMHAM or BIPOCMHAM is an opportunity to bring awareness to the unique barriers that racial and ethnic communities experience in addressing mental health conditions.
This year’s summit is facilitated by Danielle Lyles Barton of Blooming All Over who will bring her expertise in facilitation, healing modalities and restorative practices to shape the offerings of this retreat.
What Else Can You Look Forward To:
· Puberty Workshops with Shanicia Boswell
· Voice Activation and Improv Workshop with actress Nicole Beharie
· Healthy Relationship and Communication Workshops with Chanda C.
· Envisioning and Vision Board Workshop with Nia Sadé Sángòdoyin
· One-on-One Wellness Check-Ins
· Free Vendors and Resource Fair
Registration is required to attend this event and the deadline to register is this Friday, July 22nd at 12pm EST.