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Support Networks

We have an obligation to serve our community in any capacity that we can. We are intentional in the methods we deploy and are unapologetic about creating safe spaces for Black children.  We love our community and believe that Black children need places where they are seen, valued, loved and accepted.  We will continue to create spaces where their creativity is encouraged and promoted.  We know that we can change outcomes if we invest our time and resources into allowing Black children to grow up in stress and judgment free environments. We will continue to serve as the barrier between adults who seek to harm our children including school districts that don't see their brilliance.  We will protect them whether we are advocating at their schools, providing an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on.  This is BYLP's commitment.

 

Our support networks and groups were developed intentionally with you in mind. 

There is a space for everyone.  Check them out!

Black boys Support Network (BBSN)

To provide a safe environment for Black boys to have thought-provoking conversations and support each other. BBSN also provides civic education and civic engagement training that can assist with helping Black boys work through traumatizing events with the input of relatable and successful Black male mentors. Through our program, Black boys improve a wide range of skills, including critical thinking, writing, public speaking, persuasive speech, cognitive development, and positive social interaction. BBSN supports Black boys' social and emotional needs through a non-clinical lens rooted in intentional community building, advocacy, and mindfulness.
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Black Girls Support Network (BGSN)

To provide a safe environment for Black girls to have thought-provoking conversations and support each other. BGSN also provides civic education and civic engagement training that can assist with helping Black girls work through traumatizing events with the input of relatable and successful Black women mentors. Through our program, Black girls improve a wide range of skills, including critical thinking, writing, public speaking, persuasive speech, cognitive development, and positive social interaction. BGSN supports Black girls' social and emotional needs through a non-clinical lens rooted in intentional community building, advocacy, and mindfulness.
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bylp allies to abolitionists (BAASN) YOUTH

To provide a safe environment for our non-Black community members to connect and find support.  BAASN builds relationships, teaches through a cultural competent lens and shares resources to better equip participants to be change-makers in their communities. Through our program participants improve a wide range of skills, including critical thinking, writing, public speaking, persuasive speech, cognitive development, and positive social interaction. BAASN supports the social and emotional needs through a non-clinical lens rooted in intentional community building, advocacy, and mindfulness.
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exceptional needs support network (ENSN)

To establish a strong community network for those impacted by disability-special needs; this includes the person with special needs and their parents, siblings, grandparents, and other community stakeholders. Our special needs children are children first, not their disability, and they and their families should not be isolated from community and support. We aim to educate those immediately impacted regarding strategies for consciously parenting special needs, methods to navigate the educational system and available resources, and the greater community about the isolation, trauma, and methods of supporting community members impacted. Further, we hold space for parents and siblings of those with special needs to have community and support. 
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Young Adults support network (yaSN)

To provide a safe environment for young Black men and women to have thought-provoking conversations, collaborate and support each other. YASN also provides civic education and civic engagement training that can culminate in a employment opportunity as mentors of the Black Boys Support Network (BBSN) and Black Girls Support Network (BGSN), work through traumatizing events, while receiving trainings and mentorship opportunities with the input of relatable and successful Black mentors. Through our program, young adults improve a wide range of skills, including critical thinking, writing, public speaking, persuasive speech, mindfulness, workforce development, organization interpersonal relationships and navigating bias in the workplace. YASN supports the social and emotional needs of young adults through a non-clinical lens rooted in intentional community building, advocacy, and mindfulness.
 
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bylp allies to abolitionists (BAASN) adults

To provide a safe environment for our non-Black community members to connect and find support.  BAASN builds relationships, teaches through a cultural competent lens and shares resources to better equip participants to be change-makers in their communities. Through our program participants improve a wide range of skills, including critical thinking, writing, public speaking, persuasive speech, cognitive development, and positive social interaction. BAASN supports the social and emotional needs through a non-clinical lens rooted in intentional community building, advocacy, and mindfulness.
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black parents support network (BPSN)

To establish a strong network of Black parents who communicate, connect, insulate, and recruit more Black parents into our ranks. Our kids should not have to be resilient; they should be able to be KIDS. We are specifically focused on advocating and protecting Black children and their rights to be children in the education system and society. Black Parents Support Network will support families by teaching them how to support their children in a hostile education environment.
 
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Grandparents support network (GPSN)

To establish a strong network of grandparents who will connect & communicate with one another, as well as intentionally insulate the children in our community with love and compassion. ​The stories shared, guidance, and wisdom have been invaluable tools to help generations understand their identity entirely. GPSN will not only help fill voids left in the community but also get together to build relationships and have FUN.
 
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black educators support network (BESN)

To intentionally build community and support Black Educators in the ways they need, to undergird and uplift our Black Educators, in effort to combat the isolation, hostility and fatigue that often stem from working to make necessary changes to support our students; or when you bring concerns to your site leadership and/or District officials. BESN is a safe space designed to share, support and form a camaraderie with those who share the same experiences.
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bylp allies to abolitionists support network (BAASN) - Educators

To intentionally build community and support non-Black Educators in the ways they need, and to host open discussions about the public education system. We understand all Educators battle fatigue that often stems from working.  We encourage our BAASN educators to make necessary changes to support our students. BAASN Educators is a safe space designed to share, support and form a camaraderie with those who share the same experiences.

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