RACIAL HEALING CIRCLES & WORKSHOPS
AHC has held Racial Healing Circles and facilitated Racial Healing workshops for 28 years. AHC offers a safe space for participants to share their stories about race, culture, color, language and or class. We express that the concept of race is a social and cultural construction. We believe as the American Anthropological Association shared, that "Race simply cannot be tested or proven scientifically. The concept of race has no validity among the human species." AHC defines racism as a life threatening disease. Our solution is to create healing circles where we can come together to share in a safe space. We offer a monthly circle for the community, beginning at 7:30PM at our Center. All are invited.
"Feelings that are denied cannot be released; feelings imprison us until they are acknowledged." - Aeeshah Clottey
The following are the three main strategies that will support healing and wholeness:
1. Racial Healing Circles: Dialogues to promote racial healing utilizing the twelve principles of attitudinal healing. Attitudinal Healing is an alternative mental health modality. The focus is on story telling and doing inner/heart work.
2. Mindful Drumming Circles: A process developed and created by Kokomon Clottey using knowledge he gained from his upbringing in Ghana, West Africa. Mindful Drumming is synchronistic creative drumming for community building to mitigate the negative effects of racism through the twin concepts of rhythm and the sound of drumming.
3. Community Organizing: Reaching out and sharing with the community. The goal is to educate community members on the concepts of Attitudinal Healing for increased civility and civic engagement.
GOOD NEIGHBOR PROGRAM (GNP)
A leadership development program of the Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc.
Since 2009, AHC, offered and innovative program called the Good Neighbor Program (GNP) in partnership with the Oakland Housing Authority. Its powerful curriculum, grounded in the principles of Attitudinal Healing, is designed to uplift the base in our culture. The GNP offers two curriculums for personal and community change: The Neighborhood Orientation Workshop (NOW) and the Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI). Since 2014 both programs have transformed the lives of more than 3,000 individuals. NOW is a workshop for every neighborhood, but it was particularly designed for families dealing with issues of poverty. It works to inform citizens about the resources that are within their grasp and encourages community building, service learning, core values, civic engagement, and how to access Housing and Urban Development resources. The NLI is an in-depth 12-week leadership development seminar that acknowledges and supports visionary and committed people who are already making extraordinary contributions to their communities. The NLI supports the practical applications of Attitudinal Healing as transformative tools for inner work, leadership skills, civic engagement, mentoring, practical employment skills and restorative justice. Both programs are Attitudinal Healing innovations.
1. Neighborhood Orientation Workshop (NOW)
NOW is a 4-hour workshop for citizens that offers training in community building, core values, civic engagement and other opportunities OHA offers, such as resources and service learning.
2. Neighborhood Leadership Institute (NLI)
The Neighborhood Leadership Institute was conceptualized as a means to support Oakland residents to build their inner transformational tools, skills, service learning and resources in order to create more positive communities, schools and safe neighborhoods for themselves and their families, despite the negative influences and challenging circumstances many of them experience.
WEST OAKLAND PARENT ACTION NETWORK (WOPAN)
In collaboration with community-based organizations working in schools and the parents of ArtEsteem children, AHC has deepened its connection with the parents of Oakland schools. AHC supports self-selected parent leaders whose mission is to be informed about the policies that affect the academic lives of their children. Through this work parents learn the importance of being engaged in schools and the power that parents have to create schools that work for the academic excellence of all children. These parents focus on improving school climate, truancy, literacy and assuring that all schools in their neighborhoods have qualified teachers and administrators.