My Sista's Keeper: Giving Voice to the Experiences of Violence Against and Among Black Girls
Description: The Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI) Women's Program is a gendered response to the needs of Black girls who contend with multiple levels of violence in their home, neighborhood, school, and social environments. Based in two small public high schools in Brooklyn, NY, KAVI offers weekly programming, mentorship, and enrichment services to approximately 15 urban African-American and West Indian girls.
Lessons Learned: During the past four years, best practices such as responsive and adaptive facilitation, a "safe-haven" atmosphere, weekly check-ins, peer advisement, and "beyond the school bell" support have been identified.
Recommendations: The KAVI Women’s Program provides an intersectional approach to urban youth violence prevention. In order to enhance our program, we seek to incorporate scaffolding for returning participants, increase support for them during the summer, strengthen relationships with their parents and guardians, and more rigorously measure program and participant outcomes.
Learning Areas:Diversity and culture
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health
Formulate a gendered and racial analysis of the violence prevention and invention movements. Describe how young women of color work to embody and resist the theory and application of “invisibility.” Identify best practices lessons learned from gendered-responsive programming.
Keyword(s): Youth Violence, Gender
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have over 16 years of experience in public health, including my commitment to integrating the theories, methods, research, and practices of urban health, positive youth development, and violence prevention.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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