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          Son of a Dream recognizes the unique challenges that many Black communities face. Given the professional experience and insight on cultural nuances and practices, we have developed professional development trainings for practitioners serving Black children, youth, and families. Each training is centered around our film projects which explores interventions to address complex issues that impact youth development and the family system. Our professional development trainings are available for social workers, human services organizations, government agencies, and colleges/universities. Primary concepts include positive youth development, family enhancement, community-based programming, policy solutions, and more.  

Professional Development Trainings 

“Live Young Blood: Cultivating Safe Spaces for Black Boys”

Live Young Blood takes a rare look at efforts to combat community violence. The traumatic impact of violence in urban communities along with preventative measures are shared from the perspectives of youth, parents, practitioners, and activists on the frontlines.

 

1) Participants will be able to identify the traumatic impact of community violence 

 

2)Participants will be able to identify learn how community-based youth programs can provide safe spaces, help hone the strengths, and reduce risk factors. 

“For Him I Will: Supporting Single Moms Raising Black Boys”

For Him I Will offers critical insight into Black motherhood and the raising of Black boys. This training challenges misconceptions of Black families while also offering. Participants will learn the importance of challenging stereotypes of single-Black motherhood and strength-based approaches to supporting Black mothers and sons. 

Training Objectives: 

1) Participants will be able to identify challenges facing mothers raising Black boys. 

 

2) Participants will learn strength-based approaches to offer support. 

“Free Young Blood: Combating the Mass Incarceration of Black Males”

Free Young Blood: Combating the Mass Incarceration of Black Males training examines the systemic racism in the U.S. criminal justice system and how it disproportionately impacts Black men. 

 

Training Objectives:

 

1) Participants will be able to identify how mass incarceration affects Black men and communities. 

2) Participants will be able to identify strength-based approaches to reducing risk-factors. 

3) Participants will be able to identify policy advocacy solutions to empower communities.