Healing Starts in the Heart

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


Since the stigmas associated with mental health care often begin early, we work with teenagers and their families to raise awareness, conduct patient-centered research, and encourage young people to begin conversations in their communities.

We bring a special focus on the unique experiences of people of color. As a result, we are able to engage with communities on a deeper, culturally-relevant level by conducting research and providing clinical support.

Welcome to AAKOMA and thanks for joining our community!

Our Goal

All too often, Americans view mental health as a privilege for the wealthy and feel unwelcomed by or disconnected from traditional providers. At the AAKOMA Project, we are working to change that perception. We believe that everyone — regardless of background, income, or identity — deserves optimal mental health.

How do WE define optimal mental health?

We define optimal mental health as

  1. Recognizing mental health challenges when they arise
  2. Understanding where to go for help
  3. Supporting friends and loved ones to seek help

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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Who We Are


Dr. Alfiee

Operations Manager

Tracey Deavers


Morgann Noble


Alexandra Torres

Our Partners

AAKOMA leverages critical partnerships, collaborations and supports to move our work forward. Some of our recent partners, collaborators and supporters include:

  • Starbucks Foundation
  • Mental Health Coalition
  • Mental Health America
  • YR Media
  • Pivotal Ventures
  • Community Foundation of Northern VA
  • Harry’s Shave Club/Flamingo
  • Innovation Health
  • U.S. Congressional Black Caucus
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
  • Usher’s New Look Foundation
  • AcademyHealth
  • Alliance for Health Policy
  • Mt. Olive Baptist Church
  • NAMI
  • SoPhE
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Project Healthy Minds
  • Our Minds Matter
  • Teen Line
  • The Local Optimist
  • MadHappy

In the News

The Sound it Out Campaign

The Sound it Out Campaign

Our Founder, Dr. Alfiee, was interviewed about the New Sound it Out Campaign by Shelly Irwin of WGVU in Michigan. They discussed both the campaign and middle schooler mental health during the pandemic. Listen
The Lead with Jake Tapper: CNN On Air Appearance

The Lead with Jake Tapper: CNN On Air Appearance

Dr. Alfiee appeared with W. Kamau Bell on The Lead with Jake Tapper to discuss the continuing trauma that results from the Derek Chauvin trial, as well as other recent incidents of officer involved shootings. The conversation also involved the unique impact this is...

Better yet, see us in person!

We love our peeps, so feel free to connect during normal business hours.

AAKOMA Project, Inc.
4201 Wilson Blvd, Third Floor, Arlington, VA 22203
(571) 486-3382

Hours: By Appointment

Feel free to email us for inquires about keynotes, presentations, volunteering, consulting and partnerships!

Register here for Virtual Therapy (for young people)

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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