Can we just say how impressed we were with the bright individuals we had the pleasure of meeting and listening to this past Saturday. Their experiences as black teens, at times heartbreaking, affirm that we still have a long way to go in regards to race in society, but we find hope in knowing that it's #veryblack and #verywoke young adults like this who'll carry the torch. We feel honored to be able to give them this space to share their stories and move towards positive ways to cope and inspire change around them.
An important takeaway from the summit for us was that #healing never ends for everyone and every situation. We all carry our physical and emotional scars with us for life, but it's the act of sharing those scars, however ugly they may be, #unapologetically with others that leads to a collective cure.
A huge thank you to the moms of Jack and Jill's Brooklyn Chapter, The Source as well as the volunteers from the National Association of Social Workers NYC for making The Very Black Project feel very embraced!