This includes a series of mental health-related virtual sessions and in person workshops and the execution of a targeted social media strategy to educate and empower African-American women on mental health.
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The live event kicks off with opening remarks from several notable speakers.
Be a part of the Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign and attend the virtual workshop Young Minds Do Cook. A workshop geared toward African American girls, as they explore how to reduce stress through cooking—and eating—nutritious foods! Hosted by Black Girls Do Cook.
"Coping with Workplace Stress or Mental Health in the Workplace"— a panel discussion on maintaining mental health while battling workplace stress. Topics to include diversity, injustice and racial discrimination in the workplace. The discussion will also address coping mechanisms for African American women battling workplace stress.
"Treat Your Mind" —achieving a healthy mental state through nutrition that is beneficial for cognitive health, balancing hormones, and reducing stress. This will include health experts’ recommendations on nutritional habits.
Be a part of the Minds Matter Mental Health Campaign and attend "Ready Set Goals" workshop about setting and reaching your goals in 2022.
F.L.Y Fitness emphasizes impacting the lives of women! Our program is designed to help change your lifestyle by building self-discipline and creating better habits for your daily living. Too often in gym environments I rarely saw women of color working out. As a black woman, it was very important to me to create an environment where we could have a safe place to work out, develop a healthier lifestyle, practice self-love. Our facility provides a woman only training oasis, where they are able to be themselves while building healthy training habits and sisterhood. We provide one on one training sessions, small group sessions, and a variety of classes for all levels. Personal training is designed for your individual needs and is structured around your fitness level to receive your best results! My techniques as a personal trainer are to not only assist woman with their fitness goals but to also provide a euphoric environment to encourage any woman that utilizes my services to first love themselves.
Dr. La'Tesha Sampson has been a formidable voice in the human services field for over two decades. Dr. Sampson is a licensed psychotherapist, professor, author, grant writer and corporate trainer. Dr. La'Tesha is the founder and Executive Director of Great Joy Counseling and Consulting Services where she and her team of therapists provide innovative psychotherapy services to thousands of individuals, couples, families and groups each year. Dr. La'Tesha is the CEO of Erase the Divide, non profit program designed to eradicate the digital divide in communities of color. Dr. La'Tesha has provided notable training and consultating services to hundreds of for profit and non profit agencies both nationally and internationally. Dr. La'Tesha has earned a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, a Master's degree in Public Administration, a Master's degree in Social Work and a Ph.D in Christian Counseling Psychology.
Ava Adames is an ACE certified Mind body fitness specialist as well as a national board-certified health and wellness professional who has been active in the health wellness industry for nearly twenty years. Ava has partnered and worked extensively for several companies such as the Veterans Administration, Cigna Health and Vanguard. As a wellness coach and health educator, her modalities are diverse and range from traditional Western forms of healthcare to Eastern methods of healing and holistic work. Ava owns an energy and mind/body fitness boutique where she providesReiki Energy balancing and mindfulness. Ava has an undergraduate degree in business administration and obtained a master’s degree in exercise science with a corporate wellness concentration at California University of Pennsylvania.
State Representative Patty Kim, a former news anchor and reporter and Harrisburg City Councilwoman, was first elected to the state House of Representatives in 2012 and has been a leader in government reform and transparency. She returned her cost of living increase (COLA) and introduced a bill to eliminate the yearly pay increases. She is also one of the only members of the House to post all of her expenses on her legislative website for public review. Kim's priorities in the General Assembly include taking a solution-based approach to statewide issues, working in cooperation and collaboration with colleagues, and utilizing her record of service to support initiatives that stand to better the lives of the citizens she represents. Leading her caucus’s charge to provide a livable wage for all Pennsylvanians, Kim twice introduced bills to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. She continues her fight for a minimum wage increase to restore the middle class by lifting thousands of Pennsylvanians out of poverty. Kim serves on the Appropriations, Education, Insurance and Local Government committees. She is Vice Co-Chair of the Southeast Delegation. During her second term, she served as Treasurer for the Legislative Black Caucus. Prior to her work in the legislature, Kim was elected to Harrisburg's City Council where she served two terms. She was elected as council Vice President by her colleagues during her second term. A 1995 graduate of Boston College, Kim is married to John Sider and together they have two children, Brielle and Ryan.
Meet Aaliyah, a Black Girls Cook Graduate Who is now a BGC Student Culinary Instructor! Aaliyah has always liked to cook and considers it to be her “passion”. But when she entered BGC in middle school, passion became potential. She learned basic skills such as knife skills and how to integrate vegan alternatives into her dishes. She also gained confidence, even in cooking and speaking in front of people she didn’t know. Aaliyah tells us, “I am willing to try new food and cook with different ingredients because time and time again, it has been proven to be good.” The result? At 16, Aaliyah doesn’t just cook for her family. She is a student at the G. W. Carver Center for Arts and Technology. She also has a job cooking for Soul food Kitchen, where she says that she uses what she learned at BCG every day. Best of all, after interning in classes this spring, Aaliyah will be a teacher this summer in the food playground program, passing on her skills and passion to the next cohorts at BGC. “I'm so grateful to be a part of this program because it really shaped me into the cook I am now. Honestly, this is a really great program and I'm glad to be part of it.”
Chef Nichole A. Mooney is the Executive Director and Founder of the Baltimore based non-profit organization Black Girls Cook. Established in 2014, Black Girls Cook (BGC) is a non-profit organization that teaches inner-city black girls self-actualization activities and life-skills through the use of culinary arts and edible gardening with an emphasis on Black Foodways. Before starting a career as a social entrepreneur, Chef Nichole worked as a personal and private chef for clients in NYC, The Hamptons, Miami, Baltimore and DC. She has held various positions within the hospitality industry ranging from hotel catering sales manager to a restaurant operations manager and a casino beverage server. Nichole was the recipient of the “2019 Champion for Girls Award” from The Society for Girls and the “2019 Up & Coming Leader Award” from Black Yield Institute. Nichole is 2019 graduate of the Future Harvest CASA’s Beginner Farming Training Program. She is a graduate of the 2020-2021 Annie E. Casey Foundation Baltimore Emerging Leader Fellowship Program.
Lauren Wells, aka LC, is a Holistic Health & Fitness coach helping Women adopt Holistic & Realistic lifestyle habits to get fit, lose belly fat and eat more plant-based foods. She is great at simplifying the complexity in today's health & fitness world, to help women feel mentally, physically and spiritually confident by helping to hone in on their gut health as the source to overall Well-being.
REV. DR. BRENDA ALTON is a respected preacher, prophetic voice, and prayer warrior; best known as woman of faith and a champion of perseverance. She motivates individuals, leaders of churches and businesses to excel and apprehend their best. Her strong compassion for transformation comes through her incredible life’s journey which she contributes as the hands that have molded her into the person she is today. Her life’s journey has traveled through divorce, domestic violence, sexual harassment, as well as, race and gender discrimination in businesses and religious organizations. As a survivor, Brenda now thrives holistically and stewards’ many to obtain the same. Traveling throughout the United States and internationally, she has given her life to encourage men and women through wisdom and knowledge beyond her years. Her personal engagement with people motivates those she meets to overcome the barriers of living their best life. Her gift of stewarding lives allows people to receive their inner healing and gain access to purpose and destiny. As a community advocate, Brenda is a catalyst for change and a grassroots organizer who models servant leadership.
Cullings began her career in libraries at Bosler Memorial Library in Carlisle where, as a high school student, she worked as a page part time and also volunteered. A lifelong learner and an avid reader, Cullings returned to library employment in 1991 when she started at Dauphin County Library System as the adult services librarian. One year later, she assumed the position of public information officer and has been a part of the senior management team since that time. As her position transitioned to community relations director, she embraced new challenges as the development officer for the system. Starting in 2002, she was instrumental in a series of capital campaigns that provided funding for the replacement of three libraries and significant improvements to two others. In July 2018, the board of trustees appointed Cullings to the role of interim executive director to fill the vacancy left by the resignation of the previous executive director. In the year since her appointment, she has worked with library staff to set an internal improvement plan in place that identifies and removes barriers to library services for the public. She has also overseen the library system's broader engagement with the community through community conversations modeled on the The Harwood Institute approach to community building called "turning outward." Turning outward equips people, organizations, communities and networks with the tools to bridge divides, build capacity and tackle shared challenges. The library system's goal is to join forces with community partners to become a collective force for positive change.
Tyra S. Gardner is a Psychotherapist, Speaker, Media Contributor and CEO of At A Moments Notice & The Wellness Center of Mindfulness. Tyra has over 25 years of clinical and counseling experience. Tyra’s mission is to assist individuals to adapt to change and establish a work-life balance while coping with life’s challenges and mental health wellness. Tyra is the author of two books, Maintaining Good Mental Health Workbook that promotes the importance of mental wellness and I Am Way Too Blessed to Be Stressed a guide to combat anxiety . Tyra is professional contributor sharing her expertise with media outlets including Daily Mail, Huffington Post, Today, and The Philadelphia Tribune to name a few. Tyra’s mission is to assist individuals to adapt to change and establish a work-life balance while coping with life’s challenges and mental health wellness.