Lakou Zanfan Summer Project
A summer youth socio-cultural and academic program, Sosyete Nago Summer Camp serves an indigenous spiritual cooperative community in Jacmel, Haiti. The summer camp typically takes place in July and its focus is to supplement literacy skill development, learning appropriate psycho-social responses to poverty and trauma, and promoting Haitian indigenous culture and epistemology. Lakou Zanfan utilized an intergenerational collaboration to create the curriculum which includes the camp youth participants, youth mentors, college students, elders, spiritual teachers, academics, community leaders, psychologists, healers, that is dialogic and grounded in collaborative learning spaces including ceremonial space, learning space, community space, family space, and agricultural/farming space.
The Literacy Initiative For Empowerment (L.I.F.E.)
The Literacy Initiative For Empowerment (L.I.F.E.) Institute’s vision is to fill the gap in programs and services that are not available for the Haitian youth in South Florida, while also incorporating academic, cultural, and psycho-social skills for the leaders of tomorrow. These important skills include global awareness, self-awareness, health literacy, environmental literacy, critical thinking, problem-solving, interpersonal communication, leadership, flexibility, adaptability, and self-direction. The unique strategy of teaching literacy and cultural awareness and pride through the arts is the foundation of L.I.F.E.
The Haitian Mental Health Think Tank
The Haitian Mental Health Think Tank was created to address Haitian mental wellness during the COVID 19 pandemic and thereafter. The Haitian Mental Health Think Tank is comprised of Haitian American mental health professionals including school, counseling, and clinical psychologists, marriage and family therapists, mental health counselors, social workers, school counselors, behavioral analysts, and conflict resolution experts. The focus of the Think Tank is to explore, question and re-imagine culturally relevant narratives of the Haitian and Haitian American psyche, as it is informed by mainland Haitian and first and second generation Haitian American’s lived experiences, and by interfaith/nonfaith, and various economic perspectives. The Think Tank’s goal is to construct a praxis of clinical work, resulting in the development of customized, innovative best care practices.
The Black Androgynous Genius Project
The Black Androgynous Genius Project (BAGP) is a coalition of Black queer and straight allies supporting the development and resilience of Black queer young adults. The BAGP will operate as an educational taskforce that is committed to the empowerment and safety of Black queer and transgender young adults. The BAGP will address the needs of Black queer young adults by drawing attention to the social and institutional barriers that Black queer young adults face; advocating for their social, educational, and psychological needs and potential; facilitating engaging and inclusive educational young adult workshops; providing training for families, educators, community members, and system partners to better understand the needs of Black queer young adults; and co-create a supportive network for Black queer young adults.