In Memory of Dante "Tater" Barksdale
In Memory of Dante "Tater" Barksdale
This year's summit is dedicated to the life and legacy of Dante "Tater" Barksdale.
May our work as a united community live up to the belief in humanity and hope for Baltimore that he lived every day.
Safe Streets Director & Healing City Champion
Bmore With Youth
Welcome Remarks & Panel: Communicating With Youth
Welcome remarks from Youth Co-Hosts Young Elder and Taylor Clinton, Mayor Brandon Scott, and Councilman Zeke Cohen.
Followed by a conversation with youth about how to respect them as individuals, honor their boundaries, and open productive lines of communication.
Ericka Alston, REBOUND
Featuring HeartSmiles Ambassadors:
Voices of Power
Growing Up Black
Youth ask our panelists questions about their experiences growing up as black youth in urban landscapes, and how they overcame challenges.
Erica Green, NYTimes Columnist
Wesley Hawkins, Nolita Project
John King, Fmr. Education Secretary
Encounters to Recycle
Baltimore legend, oral historian, storyteller, activist, and Sacred Griot Grandmother Edna facilitates a session for a multi-generational audience, making connections between older adults and young Baltimoreans. She will facilitate conversation around the power of connection and storytelling between older adults and young people in Baltimore.
Peer-to-Peer Mental Health Support Workshop
A workshop focusing on recognizing signs of depression and anxiety in ourselves and peers, and developing coping strategies for ourselves and supporting others. Our workshop will also focus on identifying resource gaps and needs for youth and young adults.
SELF Sessions give young people the opportunity to develop the personal and life skills needed to successfully navigate change, transition, and elevation in every dimension of their lives.
Young Entrepreneurship: Small Black Businesses
Entrepreneurship knows no age. Being young and successful is rooted in skills like time management, work/school balance, building customer relationships, and taking advantage of available resources. Learn how to define your own future.
Create Your Own Calm:
Creativity for Self Care
Did you know that creativity can help reduce anxiety, depression, and stress? In this session, youth from Wide Angle Youth Media will share their tips and tricks for destressing through photography and design.
Wide Angle Youth Media
Writing as a Healing Practice
We will read pieces that have been published in CHARM Lit Mag, written by young writers in Baltimore. Participants will have the opportunity to write their own short literary pieces to be considered by our publication.
Students from CHARM Lit Mag
Human Trafficking continues to be a plague in Baltimore because of its ability to hide from our everyday awareness. Not For Sale, a youth-led organization, will shine a light on trafficking's impact on mental health for its victims and the urgent need to expose the perpetrators behind it.
Ania McNair, Not For Sale
Latinx Youth Stories About Healing From Trauma
A series of stories featuring immigrant-origin Latinx adolescents and young adults about their experience of trauma, resilience and healing in Baltimore.
Successful Young Leaders
An interactive session where young people will develop strategies for coping with stress on a daily basis. Youth will leave this interactive workshop with strategies to utilize right away, recognizing what causes stress and how to productively channel the stress they experience into personal strength and success.
Poetry As Mental Health
Exposing young people to literature as a way to process difficult topics, critical analysis, accurate and dynamic communication as they discuss issues for today and tomorrow impacting them, their peers, their community. The performance/workshop will allow youth to build relationships with others from around the region, as a safe space is created for poets to explore who they are, where they are from, and affirm their identity.
But Some of Us Are Brave
An exploration of Black feminist healing practices using the writing of Barbara Smith, Toni Morrison, Solange, and Flo Milli. Participants will learn how writing can be a healing practice. All are invited to attend, regardless of gender.
Bry Reed, Writers in Baltimore Schools
Opening Up & Healing in a Digital Age
An interactive virtual session where using the technology of digital media arts to help adults further support their youth through the healing process.
Vonnya Pettigrew, Root Branch Media Group
Alive & Thriving
A panel discussion on the impact of substance use on young people in Baltimore and the work being done to realize a world where all young people have the resources they need to thrive in recovery and overcoming addiction.
Tiffinee Scott, Young People in Recovery
Art as a Tool For Healing
Youth apprentices that have gone through the Art with a Heart workforce development program, which is centered on trauma-informed care practices and using art as a tool for teaching job readiness skills, will teach an art project as a calming exercise with recylcleable materials that participants can easily find.
Art With A Heart
Healing Our Souls, Healing Our City
Welcome Remarks & Panel: Healing in a Time of Crisis
Welcome remarks from Councilman Zeke Cohen and Dr. Melissa Buckley (Coppin State University).
Followed by an interactive panel exploring a multidisciplinary, multigenerational approach to healing during one of our city's most challenging periods.
Wes Moore, CEO, Robin Hood Foundation
Annette March Grier, Roberta's House
Joe Jones, Center for Urban Families
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings
Jemira Queen, Healing Youth Alliance
Voices of Power
Community-Centered Public Safety
Truly breaking the cycle of violence begins with understanding and addressing the underlying trauma that fuels it. We will discuss the need for holistic systems of programs and resources in support of community-centered public safety and violence intervention to empower social and behavior change.
Shantay Jackson, Office of Neighborhood Safety & Engagement
Gardnel Carter, Safe Streets Baltimore
Ray Kelly, Citizens Policing Project
Erricka Bridgeford, Baltimore Ceasefire
Shop Talk: Healing in Non-Traditional Spaces
In Baltimore's neighborhoods, non-traditional spaces like barber shops, salons, and other businesses become community centers and places of healing. Hear how these unofficial santuaries build community ties through the healing hands and guiding wisdom of the local leaders who preside over them.
Troy Staton, More Than A Shop Initiative
Donna Bruce, Stylist & Social Justice Advocate
Larry Wilson, Healing Hands Barbershop
Changing the Culture of Government & Philanthropy for Healing
Councilman Zeke Cohen
Danielle Torain, Open Society Institute
Karen Webber, Open Society Institute
Julia Baez, Baltimore’s Promise
From Trauma-Informed Care to Healing-Centered Engagement
Through this interactive presentation, participants will learn an overview of what trauma-informed care is and then learn how to move to Healing Centered Engagement which is a culturally based healing framework focused on collective healing. Participants will also actively engage in brainstorming strategies to implement Healing Centered Engagement in various settings.
Dr. Kyla Liggett-Creel, UMD School of Social Work
Real Talk About the COVID Vaccine
Community organizations share their views on how to approach messaging about the vaccine in the face of culturally-based medical distrust and a complicated history of medical practices and abuse in Baltimore.
Ana Rodney, MOMCares
Healing Self & Empowering Health With Accupressure
Acupressure is a natural, non-invasive, and evidence-based modality that anyone can utilize to empower one's self on the path of healing.
Dr. Colleen Curran, Zen Path Wellness
The Rights & Services for Victims of Crime
This presentation consists of an identification of the constitutional and statutory rights that Maryland citizens have access to. We will identify how those rights assist victims in obtaining restitution from the convicted defendant.
Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center, Inc.
Project Big Mama: Honoring the Lost Black Matriarchs During the Pandemic
The current pandemic has left yet another crack in the hearts of the African-American community—the death of our elder women. African America has lost their beloved "Big Mama". Join us for a moment of connection and remembrance of Baltimore's Big Mamas—the thousands of women who held us up, and who continue to inspire us to keep walking, serving, and thriving.
Presented By Heart Nest Center's:
Dr. Sabrina N'Diaye
Literacy as Self Care & Community Building
Something remarkable happens when a room full of teenagers suddenly falls silent as each student becomes engrossed in the book they have chosen. This panel presents a case study on the role of literacy in creating spaces of stillness and healing, and how engagement turns to activism when youth can relate written inspiration to the world around them.
Daniel Parsons & Frederick Douglass Students
The Development & Implementation of the Healing Us Together (HUT) Project
An introduction to HUT's use of the 7 Healing Centered Commitments and the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa to engage communities in conversations about moving from trauma to healing.
Healing Us Together (HUT) partners at JHU, Morgan State, and Behavioral Health Systems Baltimore
Building Parental Empowerment & Resilience
A panel discussion with licensed psychologists on how parents can improve their children's resilience and support their healing process.
Mt Washington Pediatric Hospital
A Different Kinda Wellness
Providing a different approach to wellness strategies— mental, physical, nutrition, spiritual, and social/emotional—through a lively education session.
Mark Jews, Holistic Health Counseling and Coaching
Healing Your Financial Picture Through Education
Financial stability and independence can greatly affect mental and emotional wellbeing. Learn about creating a personal spending plan/budget, better understanding credit and how to use it wisely, and the benefits of home ownership.
In Our Own Voice: The Intersection of COVID, Racial Trauma, & Mental Health
This session will work to change attitudes, assumptions, and ideas about mental health conditions and bring awareness to mental health disparity. Participants will be given tools and resources for managing their own mental health.
Kerry Graves, National Alliance on Mental Illness
Tevis Simon, Mental Health Advocate
The Lion's Side: The Utilization of Storytelling for Emotional Transformation
This workshop facilitates understanding of the importance of storytelling in culture, the function of the griot in the context of trauma, analyzing the primary components of a story, application of positive intrinsic qualities in an effort to create and fortify emotional foundations for recovery and healing, and modalities for expressing one’s story.
Dr. David Fakunle, DiscoverME/RecoverME
COVID's Impact on the Latinx Community
A panel discussion about the most pressing issues impacting Latinos and the consequences of COVID19 on their mental health.
Monica Guerrero Vazquez, Centro SOL
Forever Loving Your Family
Expand your love language for yourself and your family. Talk about what's stressing you out. Learn some tips for space and time management. Develop healthy habits. Make a plan to spend more quality time together. What does that mean for your family? Join us for mindfulness meditation practice and reflection on Forever Loving Your Family.
Maritza Alcoreza-Dominguez, Living Classrooms Foundation