Black Youth Leadership Project is committed to serving and supporting the Black community, particularly Black children, through various support networks. These networks provide safe spaces for individuals to connect, share experiences, and receive support. Each network focuses on specific groups or needs within the community, such as Black boys, Black girls, young adults, exceptional needs individuals and their families, non-Black community members, Black parents, grandparents, Black educators, and non-Black educators.
Black boys Support Network (BBSN) &
Black Girls Support Network (BGSN)
(BBSN) and (BGSN) aim to provide safe environments for Black boys and girls, respectively, to engage in thought-provoking conversations, support one another, and receive mentorship from successful Black role models. These networks also offer civic education and engagement training, promoting critical thinking, writing, public speaking, and positive social interaction among participants.
bylp allies to abolitionists (BAASN) ADULTS & YOUTH
(BAASN) Youth and Adults networks provide safe spaces for non-Black community members to connect, learn about cultural competence, and share resources to become change-makers in their communities. Through these programs, participants enhance their critical thinking, writing, public speaking, and cognitive development skills.
exceptional needs support network (ENSN)
(ENSN) focuses on establishing a strong community network for individuals impacted by disabilities and special needs, including the individuals themselves and their immediate and extended families. ENSN aims to educate and support these individuals and their families, navigate the educational system, and raise awareness in the greater community.
Young Adults support network (yaSN)
(YASN) provides a safe environment for young Black men and women to engage in meaningful conversations, collaborate, and support one another. It also offers civic education and engagement training, as well as mentorship opportunities through involvement with BBSN and BGSN. Participants in YASN improve various skills, including critical thinking, writing, public speaking, mindfulness, workforce development, interpersonal relationships, and navigating bias in the workplace.
black parents support network (BPSN)
(BPSN) aims to create a strong network of Black parents who communicate, connect, and advocate for their children's rights to be children in the education system and society. BPSN provides support and guidance to families, particularly in navigating a potentially hostile educational environment.
Grandparents support network (GPSN)
(GPSN) connects and supports grandparents within the community, allowing them to share stories, guidance, wisdom, and provide love and compassion to the younger generations. GPSN also facilitates building relationships and having fun together.
black educators support network (BESN)
(BESN) is designed to build community and provide support for Black educators who often face isolation, hostility, and fatigue while working to make necessary changes to support their students. BESN serves as a safe space for sharing experiences, receiving support, and forming camaraderie with like-minded individuals.
bylp allies to abolitionists support network (BAASN) - Educators
BAASN - Educators network supports non-Black educators by creating a community where they can connect, receive support, and engage in open discussions about the public education system. This network acknowledges the challenges and fatigue that educators face and encourages necessary changes to support students effectively.
Overall, these support networks are intentional in their mission to create safe spaces, provide support, and empower individuals within the Black community and beyond. They focus on personal growth, skill development, mentorship, advocacy, mindfulness, and community building.
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