On behalf of the collaborators that brought you the “Race & COVID-19” Town Hall series in 2020, we’d like to invite you to our 4th Town Hall: “Community & Coronavirus: a year later” that will take place on Thursday, April 29th at 3pm. Together we’ve experienced so much in the past year, this event will be dedicated to acknowledging our collective challenges, growth and experiences. We will ask for your input on what supports are still needed and what are the priorities of our communities as we continue to respond to the pandemic.
As a result to the feedback we received during the previous Town Halls, Digital literacy trainings, resource guides, and needs assessments for some of our marginalized groups have been conducted and made available to communities throughout San Mateo County.
Join us to get an update on San Mateo County efforts and to hear from your fellow community members and leaders as we continue to work toward healing and recovery.
Please share this information widely, we look forward to a great dialogue.
I hope you are well! Now that our submission period has ended for the Directing Change annual Film Contest, we wanted to share March’s Hope & Justice prompt: “Hope for Change.” We are looking for art pieces exploring mental health, hope, resilience, and change. In preparation for Mental Health Awareness month in May, we are asking for submissions to creatively incorporate a lime green ribbon, as lime green is the color that represents mental health. Please share this opportunity with young people ages 12-24 that might be interested and your networks! The deadline to submit to “Hope for Change”is March 31st!
You are invited to help plan 2021 May Mental Health Month (MHM) in San Mateo County! Most of our events and efforts will be virtual.
We will be meet the below dates on Thursdays 3:30-5:00pm via Zoom. The calendar invitation (will be sent later today) includes May dates which we will likely cancel so we can make time for special MHM events. For more meeting information, please see attached document.
You have the following options to join the meeting virtually via Zoom:
You are invited to the 29th Annual Black History Month Celebration! This event is being hosted by our African American Community Initiative in partnership with the City of Daly. This 2-hour event will be hosted virtually on Saturday February 20th at 10:30
The Parent Project® is a free, 12-week course that is offered in English and Spanish to anyone who cares for a child or adolescent. The classes meet for three hours each week. Parents learn parenting skills and get information about resources and other support available in their communities. Parents/caregivers learn and practice skills such as:
appropriate ways to discipline
preventing or stopping alcohol, drug and tobacco use
The Directing Change Program launched a new category in September 2020 and the second round of winners have been announced here. The Hope & Justice category is an opportunity for youth living through history to express their feelings and to inspire others through art. Open young people ages 12-25, submissions are accepted in all art forms: original music, dance, spoken word, poems, short films, Tik Tok and more. Youth can select from three topics: Hope, Justice, or a monthly prompt. Submissions around “Hope” focus on sharing personal stories about what gives us hope during these challenging times and how we practice self-care. The “Justice” option asks youth to share a personal experience with discrimination or injustice that allows others to feel empathy, or entries can educate others about bias and encourage youth to take a stand against injustice when they see it.
October’s prompt was “Creative Ways to Measure 6-feet Physical Distancing” and asks youth to use their creativity to tell us how they creatively measure 6 feet physical distancing and why it’s important that we all practice this to slow down the spread of COVID-19.
“Our short film is meant to inspire hope by documenting how writing poetry has given me (Ryan) a sense of hope during this pandemic. Mainly, it focuses on how poetry acts as an escape from all the stress and gloom of the current state of the world. The message is not specifically about poetry, but finding something or someone that can help cope with difficult emotions.”
To learn more about Directing Change and the Hope and Justice Category and to submit your art, visit: www.DirectingChangeCA.org
On February 25th from 6-7:30 pm, join the San Mateo County Pride Center for a virtual Black History Month Intergenerational Dinner. In partnership with the African American Community Initiative, the Pride Initiative, and the LGBT Commission, we encourage members of the San Mateo Black and African Diaspora to celebrate a night of Afro-LGBTQ history. Mark your calendars, bring your food, and share community as we engage in an interactive presentation and group dialogue about the dinner theme, “We Are Because They Do”. For more information, please contact Azisa Todd at email@example.com
According to The White House, thenew executive order explicitly aims to advance racial equity in the federal government, eliminates restrictions on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion(DEI) training, and disbands the 1776 Commission. It also establishes a Domestic Policy Council to explore opportunities for centering equity in federal work and charges the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) with establishing best practices for equity measurement.
President Biden states in his order,
“It is therefore the policy of my Administration that the Federal Government should pursue a comprehensive approach to advancing equity for all, including people of color and others who have been historically underserved, marginalized, and adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality. Affirmatively advancing equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunity is the responsibility of the whole of our Government.”
We are excited to share two of our confirmed Parent Project courses for Spring 2021. Facilitated by StarVista, both courses will be offered in Spanish and virtually. Please see the attached flyers for more information about schedule and how to register. Contact Kristie Lui at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
Saturday, Jan. 16 from 9am-12:30pm please join this event to discuss and learn about Covid-19 Vaccination: It Matters in Saving Black Lives. The Town Hall will address facts, fears and myths pertaining to Covid-19 vaccination.
To register and participate in this free virtual town hall, visit mhinst.org.