In case you missed it, here’s the Video Recording (on Facebook)
We thank our featured speakers, for their support, and especially want to show appreciation to our partners:the Oakland NAACP Imani Youth Council, KingMakers of Oakland, Oakland Promise team, the Oakland Mayor’s Office, and our many more supporting community based organizations! Our Black youth leaders evoked power and confidence, and fearlessly made the following calls to action to our elected officials:
- Provide resources to parents so they can best support Youth Mental Health | Do you commit to engaging and supporting parents and families so they can best support students’ mental health and academic success?
- Implement Youth Therapy sessions and Mental Health services offered through school and community services | Do you pledge to hustle and find additional resources at the state level or privately to invest in programs that support youth mental health?
- Recruit, hire, retain, and support more Black educators, mental health staff, and counselors | Do you pledge to continue working on laws that will direct more recruitment, hiring, and retaining of Black educators and support staff?
With full confidence and support, our elected officials committed to answering our youth’s call to action! “Your demands are our marching orders!” said OUSD High School Superintendent Matin Abdel Qawi. In addition, four of our community mental health providers stepped into the space to lead us through wellness exercises and share critical resources for youth. You can check out these resources HERE.
ORIGINAL POST BEFORE THE EVENT (Below)
In honor of Black History Month
Oakland NAACP, KingMakers of Oakland, and Oakland Promise proudly present Oakland Youth Town Hall: The Black Agenda
• Youth Testimonies
• State of Black Youth
• Calls to Action
• Mental health resources for BIPOC youth
• Responses from Council member Loren Taylor, California Department of Education Superintendent Tony Thurmond, OUSD High School Superintendent Matin Abdel Qawi, Alameda County Superintendent of Education LK Monroe, and more!
Join us February 25th from 6-7:30pm
The youth leaders are awesome and you will be touched by their testimonials and their Calls To Action.
Hope you can attend. There will be no Zoom link— you can listen via YouTube and Facebook.