Youth Health Sanctuary Collective

Hope, Healing and Health Collective (HC3)

In partnership with the International Alianza de Mujeres Negrx (IamNegrx), the Youth Health Sanctuary Collective is dedicated to youth-driven solutions that are culturally and gender affirming to enhance the wellbeing of Black and Latinx girls and LGBTQ+ GNC Youth. Our work is founded on an intersectional analysis that includes the historical and ongoing racial, gender and gender-expression injustices that add to the stress and toxicity in the lives of Black and Latinx girls and LGBTQ+GNC Youth.

The Youth Health Sanctuary Collective will train youth leaders for Listening Circles, create podcasts, and network nationally through the Hope, Healing and Health Collective to elevate the most pertinent mental health policy issues facing our youth.

More about the Hope, Healing and Health Collective

The global COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately impacting Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities, including having devastating effects on youth’s mental health outcomes.  The public health crisis also coincides with horrific incidents of police brutality that have renewed momentum toward racial justice and healing as people and organizations respond to calls to action heard across the country.  As such, the mission of the Hope, Healing, and Health Collective (The Collective) is to expand the availability and accessibility of culturally-competent and gender-affirming services and supports to youth of color, particularly African American girls, Indigenous youth, and Latina girls, and LGBTQ youth who are experiencing historic, crisis-level rates of mental health needs and suicide risk.

The Children’s Partnership (TCP), in partnership with the National Black Women’s Justice Institute (NBWJI), is seeking applications from potential partners with experience and expertise in supporting the socio-emotional well being of youth of color through culturally-responsive youth services to assist TCP and NBWJI in developing a policy agenda that builds the capacity of the youth-serving systems of care to provide effective, compassionate, and culturally-responsive healing for young people from marginalized communities and identities. Specifically, organizations selected to join The Collective will work collaboratively with TCP and NBWJI to elevate the most pertinent mental health policy issues facing our youth by identifying young people they work with to co-develop and lead listening sessions with youth from across the country.

IamNegrx, founded by adult survivor Black Boricua Luz Marquez-Benbow, is an international Afrolatinx/Afrodescendant survivor network of adult survivors of child sexual abuse and sexual violence. Birthed from Luz’s Just Beginnings Collaborative fellowship, funded by the Novo Foundation, and is rooted in survivor leadership, healing/ wellness, and social change organizing to enhance the lives, and mobilize Afrolatinx women, girls and gender-expansive populations to end child sexual abuse and sexual violence. Luz is a Black Feminist cultural worker, that has a keen eye for policy advocacy work with more than 20 years, experience working  nationally, on a statewide and local level to end sexual violence, and a local founder of Troy4BlackLives

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