Black Leaders and Mentorship Program
Organized by: Janet Stickmon
The mission of the Black Leaders and Mentorship Program (B.L.A.M.P.) is to prepare African American young adults to be leaders and role models for youth in the African American community. As coordinator, I seek to facilitate a series of workshops designed to foster leadership and mentorship skills amongst African American men and women 18-35 years old. The young leaders will then share the knowledge with African American students in their local elementary, middle, and high schools.
CONTENT AND GOALS
Participants will be equipped with a variety of skills during the workshops offered through the Black Leaders and Mentorship Program (B.L.A.M.P.). Among the workshop themes are:
➢ Public Speaking
➢ Africana Studies Curriculum Development and Instruction
➢ Workshop Facilitation
➢ Time Management
➢ Organizational Skills
The first workshop series is entitled, “Journey from Self-Acceptance to Love of Community.” During these workshops, participants will learn how acceptance and love of self is the foundation for building healthy, enduring relationships within the African American community. They will engage in reflective and meditative exercises to deepen their ability to love and accept all aspects of themselves, gain clarity about their values and goals, and decide how to share their gifts and talents with others. This series will be offered during Summer 2015 at the Black and White Center in Napa, CA. Space available for 30 participants. These participants can participate in future workshops and serve as role models and mentors for youth within Napa County and Solano County. Within five years, the Black Leadership and Mentorship Program (B.L.A.M.P.) has the potential to expand into other counties throughout California.
Your generation donation will help sponsor a participant to register for these workshops during 2015-2016.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
As a professor of Africana Studies at Napa Valley College, I have had several African American students who have been emotionally impacted by the government-sanctioned police brutality against African American men and women over the last decade. This frightening level of unapologetic disregard for and disrespect of the Black body and spirit is one of several blatant reminders that white supremacy and the demonization of African Americans are alive and well in this country. The ultimate message we receive is that our lives are worthless.
I am deeply concerned about how African American youth and young adults perceive their self-worth in the current social climate, especially considering the latest massacre of nine African Americans in Charleston, SC. I seek to equip young leaders with the tools to combat that message of worthlessness by preserving and nurturing the beautiful gifts and talents that we as African American people possess and can share with the world. The Black Leaders and Mentorship Program (B.L.A.M.P.) will develop a sense of resilience, confidence, and pride within the African American community … preventing us from being consumed by fear and self-hatred … allowing us to flourish in love and creativity.
© 2015 Janet Stickmon
Photos: © 2015 Yolanda Ayala and Janet Stickmon