Engaging Males of Color (EMOC) is a targeted initiative designed to address the impact of health, economic, and educational disparities experienced by males of color. The DBHIDS EMOC Committee is made up of a culturally diverse group of men (African-American, African, Asian, Caribbean, Latino) of all ages working in collaboration with community members, academic advisers and system partners to achieve its vision and mission.
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Creating Space: Using Art & Storytelling to Heal Trauma from Gun Violence
Join us from 3 to 4 p.m. Aprtil 7 for a virtual conversation with community leaders, youth, clinical practitioners, and creatives to explore the transformative power of art and storytelling in building resilience and supporting trauma survivors in communities impacted by gun violence. Learn how community activists, creatives, and clinicians in Philadelphia are using these healing tools in their work.
The featured speakers and moderators for the conversation include:
Ami Yares, Executive Director & Teaching Artist, BuildaBridge International (Moderator)
Gabriel Bryant, Coordinator, Engaging Males of Color Initiative, Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS)
Meagan Corrado, Licensed Clinical Social Worker & Founder, Storiez
Nadia Malik, Porch Light Program Director, Mural Arts Philadelphia
Kendra Van de Water, Executive Director, YEAH Philly
Joshua Williams, Young Adult Participant, YEAH Philly
Beatrice Forman, Deputy Editor, Billy Penn (Digital Q&A moderator)
The EMOC Initiative aims to cultivate equity and is designed to address the impact of health, economic, and educational disparities experienced by males of color throughout the Philadelphia region, and improve their overall quality of life.
This initiative seeks to promote an enhanced awareness of the behavioral health challenges experienced by males of color across Philadelphia. EMOC’s goal is to improve the health status of males of color by increasing behavioral health literacy and access to resources and services, while reducing stigma and known disparities and building system capacity, in order to sustain wellness.
First Person Arts has teamed up with the City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services and the Philadelphia School District to present the third installment of its newest program, Beyond Expectations: Engaging Males of Color.
This innovative new program will culminate in a live event open only to students currently enrolled in the Philadelphia School District onMonday, April 4 from 4-6PM at the Girard College Sanctuary featuring Yazz The Greatest, best known for his role as Hakeem Lyon in the TV series Empire (pictured above).
BEyond Expectations is a one-of-a-kind storytelling program celebrating the lives and experiences of males of color. We are calling for inspirational personal stories from high school students currently enrolled in the Philadelphia School District and charter schools that shatter misconceptions, and give voice to the strength and resilient spirit of young men who identify as males of color (i.e., African American, Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern, African/Caribbean, Asian/Pacific Islander, bi-racial, etc.)
Students will attend FREE storytelling workshops offered in March. Performers will be selected from workshop participants to tell their stories live on stage alongside their peers and Yazz The Greatest. Selected storytellers will also receive a small stipend.
What we’re looking for in a story submission:
A true story from your own life that is 5-minutes or less
Shows how you overcame struggle, and triumphed in the face of adversity
Original poems and raps are acceptable as long as they pertain to the theme
How to submit your story for consideration:
Submit your 1-2 page typed story by email to email@example.com with the subject line “BEyond Expectations”, or by mail to First Person Arts 443 W. Girard Ave. #2C Philadelphia, PA 19123. You can also call in a 3-minute excerpt of your story to 601-568-2435.