“Black People Forward” is a new project aimed at breaking down the barriers that affect young black creatives, student-athletes and entrepreneurs with unique mentoring and mental health experiences.
The black community has been disproportionately impacted by what are said to be three pandemics: COVID, the fallout from racial tensions, and the financial effects of COVID. Young black people face some of the same factors as other young people, but also a unique set of their own issues. Racism, gun violence, higher levels of incarceration for black people add to their struggle. “We’re all in the same storm, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that the black community is in a different boat,” said Lisa C. Williams, founder of the Black People Forward Project.
Black lives lost to police brutality, continued images on social media, more COVID deaths in the black community and the emotional toll it has taken has brought young people to a desperate breaking point. According to Suicide.org, every 100 minutes, a young person commits suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young black people between the ages of 10 and 19. Suicide among black youth, which for years has tracked that of Asian and white college students, has doubled since 2014 and is now double the state average, far outpacing all other groups, according to the California Department of Public Health.
“The data is completely unsurprising … Black students are in crisis nationwide,” said April Clay, head of counseling and psychology services at California State University, Los Angeles. “Many black students experience crippling anxiety and grief. It’s hard to talk about it and it’s hard for them to find help.
The goal of the initiative is to bring together those who are struggling, those who are influential and those who are recovering – one unique experience at a time – to heal and move forward. The program takes a unique approach to mentorship and mental health, aiming to connect black youth with professional black athletes and performers in music, film and television, as well as successful entrepreneurs. struggle to survive and cope with depression and anxiety that goes untreated. With the Black People Forward Project’s strong commitment to serving young black creatives, student-athletes and entrepreneurs, we believe this initiative is the premier way to reach and impact the next generation to help them build their self-esteem, boost their confidence and regain their #momentum.”
“The black community has been crippled by so many pandemics, the outcome we hope to achieve is to reduce suicides, put our community on pause and move forward again,” Williams added.
The areas in which the BPF program provides support for Black youth and young adults between the ages of 13 and 30 are:
- Mental and Physical Health – “Healing Their Headspace” – Wellness
- Mentoring – Emotional Health “Finding Their Dark Joy” – Well-Being
- Career Path Exposure – “Go to Bag” – Wealth
During Black History Month, The Black People Forward (BPF) project hosted a focus group of young adults who signed up to find out what pressures they face. Williams is looking to connect with professional athletes and celebrities to launch an Instagram check-in campaign.
The BPF project is also currently looking for donors, ambassadors and sponsors.
To learn more, visit: www.blackpeopleforward.org, to donate, visit www.bit.ly/bpfdonate.
About the Black People Forward Project
The BPF Project’s mission is to positively impact the well-being, well-being and wealth of Black people and specifically young Black creatives, student-athletes and entrepreneurs. The goal is to expose, empower and enrich the lives of 30 million black people and help them live a better quality of life through mentorship, mental health and wealth experiences.
Contributions to the Black People Forward Project are tax deductible. The Black People Forward Project is financially sponsored by F&L Organizational Support Services and the tax ID is 47-3451951.
Company Name: Black People Forward Project
Contact: Aniya Williams
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The country: United States