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Program Update, August 2021

Self Over Stigmas

In early August, our program team, in collaboration with the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network, hosted a "Self Over Stigmas" event at the Durfee Innovation Center, which is the new home for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit. Our partner gave a wonderful presentation about stigmas and mental health. They also led an activity where participants were asked to create a vision board about what a stigma free world would look like.

Youth United led a discussion and activity focused on empowering youth and their support networks. Youth, Parents, Guardians, and Bigs workshopped self esteem awareness and overcoming stigmas surrounding mental health.

Thank you to our co-hosts and everyone who attended for a successful and engaging event!


Beauty Day Event

This month, some of our Littles had an opportunity to experience an amazing Beauty Day hosted by the Ladies League of Detroit. At the event, Littles were presented with beauty tips, health awareness advice, and etiquette pointers. Our Littles also enjoyed doing bedazzling crafts with their gift bags.

The Ladies League of Detroit is a supportive network for women in Metro Detroit. It was founded in May 2018. The purpose of the group is professional and personal development. Their founding principles are women's empowerment, networking, entrepreneurship, accountability, financial development, spirituality, and friendship.

"As black women, many of us have dealt with self-esteem issues. It is hard growing up with images that don't match. So I'm happy we could be an example to them and pour some love and encouragement into their lives." - Ladies League of Detroit founder, Latonia Walker.

Thank you to the Ladies League of Detroit for making this experience possible for our Littles!


August is for the arts!

The arts are an important part of culture, history, self-expression, and identity. For these reasons, the arts can provide valuable opportunities for youth to use their voice. This month, our program team is working with Bigs and Parents to encourage Youth Voice by exploring the concept of "shared power".

Together we affirm that every person has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We are committed to creating and cultivating a safe environment where all individuals feel respected and valued equally. We are committed to a nondiscriminatory and anti-racist approach and are committed to dismantling any inequities within our policies, systems, programs and services.

Check out this video showing "shared power" in action through a Photovoice project created with the help of our Littles earlier this year.

Mario & Aaron