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.
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.
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.
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).
In the Fall of 2020, 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.