Our Mission

Our mission is to empower individuals to be self-aware and inspired through art, creativity and education, making positive choices to break the cycle of violence for themselves and their communities.

We build healthy communities by breaking the cycle of violence.

We provide platforms for creative expression and communication for children, youth, adults and families. Through our educational programs, workshops, events and healing circles, we cultivate skills in personal development, community leadership and the arts. AHC promotes the understanding that we can choose peace over conflict and love over fear.

Our work is based on the principles of Attitudinal Healing, a non-traditional approach to mental health that develops resilience by promoting self-awareness, mindfulness and compassion. Attitudinal Healing affirms that we are responsible for our thoughts and whatever feelings we experience. Attitudinal Healing encourages us to reexamine our relationships, bringing them into the present, by releasing past judgments and grievances. Attitudinal Healing is based on the belief that the purpose of all communication is for joining and not separation.

Attitude Is Everything

Our work is based on the principles of attitudinal healing, a non-traditional approach to mental health that develops resilience by promoting self-awareness, mindfulness and compassion.

The Twelve Principles of Attitudinal Healing are:

1. The essence of our being is love.
2. Health is inner peace.  Healing is letting go of fear.
3. Giving and receiving are the same.
4. We can let go of the past and of the future.
5. Now Is the only time there is and each instant is for giving.
6. We can learn to love ourselves and others by forgiving rather than judging.
7. We can become love finders rather than fault finders.
8. We can choose and direct ourselves to be peaceful inside regardless of what is happening outside.
9. We are students and teachers to each other.
10. We can focus on the whole of life rather than the fragments.
11. Since love Is eternal, change need not be viewed as fearful.
12. We can always perceive ourselves and others as extending love or giving a call for help. 


Our Values

We promote the understanding that we can choose peace over conflict and love over fear.

What we do

AHC builds healthy communities by breaking the cycle of violence.

How we do it

We provide platforms for creative expression, leadership classes and communication for children, youth, adults and families. Through our educational programs, workshops, events and healing circles, we cultivate skills in personal development, community leadership and the arts.

Executive Director

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Amana Harris
amana@ahc-oakland.org

 

Our Dedicated Staff

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Phyllis Hall
AHC Program Manager
phyllis@ahc-oakland.org

Christina Samuelson
ArtEsteem Program Manager
artesteem@ahc-oakland.org

Justin Metoyer Mullon
West Oakland Legacy Project Manager
legacyproject@ahc-oakland.org

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Joshua Krey
Program Assistant
communications@ahc-oakland.org

Sasha K. Hippard
Administrative Assistant
communications@ahc-oakland.org

Susanna Orozco
Office Support
office@ahc-oakland.org

 

Facilitators and Teaching Artists

Reem Mohamed
(Parent Engagement)

 Mariah Gardner
(Visual Arts)

Aaron Keirbel
(Cultural Arts)

Keena Romano
(Visual Arts)

Sharifah Ihsan-Wilson
(CSCE Assistant)

Molly Hoffman
(Environmental)

Delmance Moses
(Cultural Arts)

Daniel Lugo
(Visual Arts)

Neeka Salmasi
(Environmental)

 

Find out more about our Founders and Board Members here