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Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) and The Children's Trust Present the Second Black Male Youth Mental Health Conference Series - Creating Harmonious Communities

MIAMI (December 03, 2015)

As an antidote to recent headlines of violence both perpetrated against and by Black male youth in communities throughout the United States, Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust (MDEAT) and The Children's Trust, in partnership with Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson, District 3, present this important conference which will address root causes and concerns of violence and mental health issues among Black male youth and how to help remedy them. The conference will address the needs of these youth in a holistic fashion which includes the individual; family; community engagement; and community reorganization.

Renowned national and local psychologists; law enforcement personnel; mental health service providers; Miami-Dade County Public Schools Student Services personnel; students; parents; and an expert in homelessness, will engage the community with focus on education, mental health, law enforcement, and youth violence. 

Two subsequent forums will address the African-American criminal justice system.  These forums are being done in partnership with Commissioners Barbara J. Jordan, District 1; Daniella Levine Cava, District 8; and Dennis C. Moss, District 9. 

Featured speakers at the conference include Dr. Cheryl Grills, Psychologist and Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts, Loyola Marymount University; Dr. Joan Muir, Psychologist and Executive Director, Brief Strategic Family Therapy Institute, University of Miami; Dr. Marva Robinson, Clinical Psychologist and Community Recovery Expert, well known for her work in Ferguson, Missouri, during the recent upheaval; and Dr. Kevin Washington, Psychologist and President of the Association of Black Psychologists. 

The forums’ keynote speaker, attorney and author John V. Elmore, will discuss his book, Fighting for Your Life: The African-American Criminal Justice Survival Guide.  In addition, a panel of local youth – high school and university students – will weigh in on how to address the issues of violence and mental health in their schools and communities. .Mental health and community service providers will be available for outreach at both forums.  They will provide the necessary information for residents to avail themselves of resources in our community.

There will be two community forums subsequent to the conference as follows:

North Dade Community Forum will take place on Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 5:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. at the North Dade Regional Library, 2455 N.W. 183 Street, Miami Gardens, FL.

South Dade Community Forum will take place on Thursday, December 10, 2015, 5:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. at the South Dade Regional Library, 10750 S.W. 211 Street, Cutler Bay, FL.

The public is encouraged to attend all three events.  Free on-site parking. 

MDEAT’s mission is to ensure the equitable participation of Blacks in Miami-Dade County’s economic growth through advocacy and monitoring of economic conditions and economic development initiatives in Miami-Dade County.

Who:
Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust and The Children’s Trust, in partnership with Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson, District 3
What:
The Second Black Male Youth Mental Health Conference Series – Creating Harmonious Communities
When:
December 08, 2015 — 08:00 a.m. - 04:00 p.m.
Where:
Little Haiti Cultural Center 212 N.E. 59 Terrace Miami, FL 33137