With the summer slowly creeping in, things have been heating up fast for Youth HEALers Stand Up!
On May 16, 2019, Youthadelphia held a ceremony to honor this year’s grantees which not only included Youth HEALers but Philadelphia Student Union, YASP, Lil’ Filmmakers Inc., and Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden.
This year, Youthadelphia made history by giving away their largest grant to date--$25,000! The recipients? None other than YOUTH HEALERS STAND UP!
Unbeknownst to us members, we were under the impression that we were receiving a grant for $10,000 (which would have been nonetheless rewarding!). However, not knowing that we were receiving a grant for 150% more than what we expected made it that much more of an honor. Elated is an understatement of how we felt as a collective to be able to make history together in just a little over year! We would like to congratulate our fellow honorees on theirs rewards once again and give our most sincere thanks to Youthadelphia for believing in our mission.
On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, the Juvenile Law Center in partnership with YAP, The Village of Arts and Humanities, and Performing Statistics, held a breathtaking, groundbreaking exhibit that focused on the juvenile justice system not only in Philadelphia, but in Richmond, VA as well. The statistics are riveting and heart-wrenching.
Youth displayed their demands and concerns in an extremely unique fashion which included interactive displays that told stories of inhumane living conditions, unjust treatment, and traumas resulting from being institutionalized.
Driven by the campaign that #PrisonsDon’tWork, there was a Virtual Reality display of a cell. I personally experienced this portion of the exhibit. It was triggering to say the least, and I wouldn’t even want to imagine what it feels like to actually be encaged and confined to such a space.
Mentoring, properly funding recreation and educational programs, disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline, and supporting family structures were among the solutions proposed by the JLC youth.
On a much lighter note, there were special guest performances by DJ Dilemma, City Love, and even Youth HEALers very own, Emyne, who demonstrated superb duality as the host for the night!
Keep up with this campaign by texting “YouthFree215” to 900900 or visiting Performing Statistics.
Although it isn’t quite summer yet, there are plenty of upcoming Healers' events to keep the block hot as we wait, including:
Youth, Adult Allies and professionals working with young people who would like to register or get involved, please email us at youthhealersstandup at gmail dot com . Please indicate if you are a youth or adult, and if you would like to sign up for our newsletter as well.