Healing Starts in the Heart

At AAKOMA, our mission is to:
Raise Consciousness
Empower People
Change Systems

Welcome

At the AAKOMA Project, we envision:

A world where EVERY child, teen, and young adult (inclusive of all points of diversity) feels the freedom to live unapologetically and authentically within an environment that allows them to rise and thrive.

SO, AAKOMA builds the consciousness of youth of color and their caregivers on the recognition and importance of mental health, empowers youth and their families to seek help and manage mental health, and influences systems and services to receive and address the needs of youth of color and their families.

Welcome to AAKOMA and thanks for joining our community!

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At AAKOMA, our mission is to:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
👉 Raise Consciousness⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We envision a world where EVERY child, teen, and young adult (inclusive of all points of diversity) feels the freedom to live unapologetically and authentically within an environment that allows them to rise and thrive.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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SO, AAKOMA builds the consciousness of youth of color and their caregivers on the recognition and importance of mental health, empowers youth and their families to seek help and manage mental health, and influences systems and services to receive and address the needs of youth of color and their families.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Learn more on how YOU can support AAKOMA by clicking the link in our bio!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Applying for Team AAKOMA is easy! 📣⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We're looking for energetic teens and youth to join Team AAKOMA, a group of passionate intersectional BIPOC teens to help guide our program, thus enabling us to ensure that the messages we convey and the treatments we propose resonate deeply with all young people.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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💛 It looks great on your resume and is an amazing opportunity to network with people who can help further your education and career.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
💜 It's an incredible asset on college applications, and can even lead to letters of recommendation from The AAKOMA Project!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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All you have to do is follow the steps to apply! Easy 😉⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Send this post to a teen or youth that you think would be a great fit for Team AAKOMA!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We’re proud to stand alongside @MTV and 17 other leading nonprofit partners to convene the first Mental Health Youth Action Forum, in coordination with @whitehouse @HHSgov @samhsagov ✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you’re interested in working with us to drive #mentalhealthaction via storytelling, apply now through 11/15! http://mhyouthactionforum.com/ 🧡💜⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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TEAM AAKOMA IS LOOKING FOR NEW MEMBERS 💛💜❤️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Team AAKOMA is a group of Youth Advisors for The AAKOMA Project, whose experience and energy help us reach, educate, and support more BIPOC Youth in mental health.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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They’ve helped us lead virtual summer mindfulness meditations sessions, interviewed teen mental health advocates on our social media channels, assisted with our research findings, and helped disseminate our research findings to their peers.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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👉 Head to aakomaproject.org⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
👉 Click on the drop-down menu and go to Team AAKOMA⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
👉 Fill out the application form and explore the page for more information!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Today is World Mental Health Day, and we are encouraging each and every one of you to have conversations about mental health with those around you ❤️💛💜⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Why do we need to talk about mental health more openly? There are a few reasons👇🏿⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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➙ If we want to break the stigma surrounding mental health, we have to talk about it more!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Share this post on your story to spread awareness for World Mental Health Day!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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A great special training event taking place for Arlington Public Schools of VA staff!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Building Racial Equity: Developing Awareness of Students' Experiences with Racial Stressors will be conducted by AAKOMA and experts @dr_jlauren and @drftsaleem. This program will provide a framework for how to helps school social and mental health services personnel learn about racial stress and trauma that may be impacting BIPOC youth in their communities.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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You won't want to miss this amazing event taking place on Oct. 10! ✨👇⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Charlamagne Tha God in partnership with MWA Presents: Mental Wealth Expo + A Day of Mental Health Healing and Education ❤️💛💜⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This event is FREE and open to the public! While you're there, swing by the AAKOMA booth and tune in for special presentations from @dralfiee and Brandon Johnson!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Will you be joining us? Let us know in the comments below! 👋⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD @cthagod IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MWA the @mentalwealthalliance and @iheartradio PRESENT: Mental Wealth Expo + A Day of Mental Health Healing and Education ❤️💛💜⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This is an event you don't want to miss, and the best part is that it's FREE to the public! While you're there, swing by the AAKOMA booth and tune in for special presentations from @dralfiee and @blackmentalwellnesslounge ‘s own Brandon Johnson!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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A huge thank you to @trevornoah and @thedailyshow for supporting The AAKOMA Project! 🧡💜❤️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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AAKOMA builds the consciousness of youth of color and their caregivers on the recognition and importance of mental health, empowers youth and their families to seek help and manage mental health, and influences systems and services to receive and address the needs of youth of color and their families.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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If you would like to support the AAKOMA project, please donate through the link in bio today!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Join us and our host @madisonmacgregor on October 7th from 2:00 pm - 230 pm for an exciting Instagram Live where we'll be interviewing powerful and impactful women in science 🔬⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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You can tune into this IG Live on the @dralfiee page! 🧡⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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YOU are valuable. YOU have a voice. The world is lucky to have YOU.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Tag someone in the comments who needs to hear this or share to your stories to remind your community that they're loved and needed ❤️💛💜⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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When we say "yes" when we want to say "no" (and vice versa), we're sacrificing ourselves, building resentment, and living out of alignment with our most authentic selves.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Practice saying no when you mean no and yes when you mean yes and watch your life and relationships flourish. 💛❤️💜⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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A great event from AAKOMA and LIVESTRONG⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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We started monthly Q&As over Zoom over the summer. Each month we host a different expert in fitness, nutrition, or health, with the goal being to hear about a diverse range of experiences within wellness to better inform our articles. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Our goal with these sessions is to foster an intimate, personal conversation about health and wellness. Dr. Alfiee spoke with authors at Livestrong for an intimate, personal conversation about health and wellness. Dr. Alfiee answered questions about her career and personal experiences with race and inequity in the health sphere⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Meet one of our Subject Matter Experts, Dr. Riana Elyse Anderson!✨⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Fun fact about Dr. Anderson: She has "played mas" at 2 Carnivals [Trinidad & Barbados] and plans to do this in Brazil when it's safe to do so.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Did you catch the latest episode of Voice Magnified featuring our very own @dralfiee?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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"Voices Magnified is an original short form series that spotlights a wide range of people making a change in their communities, confronting challenges, and bringing people together. This collection of individual viewpoints gives a national spotlight to timely and important conversations about equality, inclusion and social justice occurring across America today."⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Head to A&E to watch this episode at 10/9c tonight! 🧡⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Featured Event

Featured Event

Black History Month 2021: Paint and Sip with Lexi Underwood
Feb. 27, 2021 at 2 pm ET

Lexi Underwood, star of HULU's Little Fires Everywhere, joined forces with AAKOMA to address teen mental health. Via a virtual paint and sip, co-hosted by Lexi and Morgann Noble, AAKOMA provided 70+ 10-18 years old participants with swag bags of gourmet hot chocolate from Kingsbury Chocolates, an AAKOMA Project mug, a paint kit (replete with easel, canvasses, acrylic paints, brushes, and stencils), and a Starbucks treat.

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Tracey Deavers

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Morgann Noble

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In the News

Voices Magnified: Youth Digital Crisis

Voices Magnified: Youth Digital Crisis

Premiering September 27 2021, “Voices Magnified: Youth Digital Crisis” examines how the digital world is impacting the mental health of America’s youth. This special will pinpoint how addiction to the digital world is impacting the brains of our youth and...
Voices Magnified: Mental Health Crisis

Voices Magnified: Mental Health Crisis

Premiering September 20 2021, “Voices Magnified: Mental Health Crisis” showcases honest and personal stories of Americans from across the country highlighting the critical issue of mental health in America. Dr. Alfiee discusses ways in which we can help...
Facebook Live Audio Room with Tayla Parx

Facebook Live Audio Room with Tayla Parx

Dr. Alfiee was a special guest to celebrity actress and singer Tayla Parx discussing coping mechanisms and how they can help you in your day-to-day life (friend to AAKOMA Dr. Charmain Jackman of Innopsych was also a guest on the chat). Taylor Parx |...
11 Alive

11 Alive

Dr. Alfiee was interviewed about the challenge behind parents’ strong stances on whether their children should be required to wear masks, including how those strong stances sometimes lead them to act in ways that do not always put them in the best light. She...
WGVU Morning Show

WGVU Morning Show

Dr. Alfiee was interviewed about the Sound It Out Campaign, which is a program by the Ad Council and Pivotal Ventures designed to help parents and caregivers have more meaningful conversations with their middle schoolers through the power of music. Listen...

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If you are in crisis and need immediate support or intervention, call the mental/behavioral health crisis line of your county behavioral health officeTrained crisis workers are generally available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.  If the situation is potentially life threatening, please go directly to your nearest hospital emergency room.

If you are a teen or young adult in need of mental health support, register here for up to 5 FREE virtual sessions.

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