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AAKOMA Project is Hiring!

AAKOMA Project is Hiring!

The AAKOMA Project, Inc. has been growing steadily and is now seeking to accelerate further. Our team is seeking a mission-focused, seasoned, creative, strategic, and process-minded team member with experience in managing all aspects of social media and digital...

Coping with Anxiety in Refinery29

Coping with Anxiety in Refinery29

Our Founder spoke with Refinery29 on how to relieve your “Winter Pandemic Scaries” by setting mindful intentions and reaching out to friends and family for help. Read the full article.

How to Discuss Race of Black Teens (from APA)

How to Discuss Race of Black Teens (from APA)

Dr. Alfiee discusses how psychologists of all backgrounds can take steps to develop cultural competency and become proficient at talking with Black teens about issues such as the emotional impact of vicarious racism and of more direct racist assaults. Read more here.

WHUR: Special Edition of the Daily Drum

WHUR: Special Edition of the Daily Drum

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. We all know the song well. With Christmas just a little over a week away, tis the season to be happy and merry. But the holidays can be tough and this year has challenged even the happiest of people. With so much heartache and...

Dr. Oz Presents More Black Doctors

Dr. Oz Presents More Black Doctors

Dr. Oz moderated this event featuring Dr. Alfiee and Dr. Judith Joseph on the topic of Black Mental Health: From Surviving to Thriving. Watch the video.

Angry About The Way Your Family Voted? Read This

Angry About The Way Your Family Voted? Read This

Our Founder spoke with Refinery29 on how young people and families can cope with differing views about the outcome of the U.S. 202 Presidential election.  Click here to read more.  

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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.”

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    AAKOMA Project, Inc
    1100 N. Glebe Rd. Ste 1010
    Arlington, VA 22201

    Open Daily
    09:00 am – 05:00 pm

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    What We Do

    Check out this great video from our Black History Month Event at Industrious showcasing what we do at the AAKOMA Project.

    Screenshot of AAKOMA Project free virtual therapy

    NBC Washington | Virginia Doctor’s Mental Health Initiative Offers Help for African-American Communities

    Dr. Alfiee Breland-Noble, founder of the AAKOMA Project, teamed up with the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation to provide free virtual mental health treatments to help underserved communities in Northern Virginia.

    Watch video at NBC Washington

    Dr. Alfiee with event participant

    Can We Talk? Event

    To help establish AAKOMA as a go-to resource for evidence-based mental health outreach and education with Black youth and families we will:

    1. Formally introduce the AAKOMA Project, Inc. to our local community.
    2. Reduce stigma and promote emotional well-being among marginalized youth.
    3. Lay groundwork for long-term capacity building and sustainability.
    Black teenager

    Ring the Alarm Report

    In December 2019, the AAKOMA Project and Dr. Alfiee participated as members of a national working group along with Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman and the Congressional Black Caucus to develop and share a report on the crisis of African-American and Black youth suicide and mental illness.  Our report is located on the Congresswoman’s website here.

    Audience at AAKOMA + BHM event

    AAKOMA + BHM Event

    It’s no secret that AAKOMA loves the kids, but a lesser known fact is that our outreach also involves parents and teens from diverse backgrounds. AAKOMA is excited to continue building relationships with adolescents and their parents/caregivers across cultural backgrounds for mental health.

    Students in graduation robes

    BSUFIU in DC

    On January 29, 2020, The AAKOMA Project, Inc. was asked to present our work to a group of students representing the Black Student Union of Florida International University. We shared our learning of the past 20 years and our vision for the future. (FIU).

    Smiling teenagers descending steps together

    Student Success and Mental Health Recognition Gala

    In the Fall of 2021, AAKOMA is preparing to honor young people of diverse backgrounds who represent themselves and their communities with honor. These young people are focused on optimal mental health for all.