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     Son of a Dream Professional Development Trainings 


Son of a Dream offers culturally relevant and strength-based professional development trainings for social work practitioners. Each training is multimedia focus and explores challenges impacting Black communities. Primary themes include youth development, family enhancement, community-based programming, policy solutions, and more.   

“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. 

“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. 

“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. 

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“Our Reflection: Using Counter-Narrative Multimedia to Empower Youth”

Our Reflection teaches social work practitioners how to use media to educate youth on important topics impacting their community and elevate their voices. 

Training Objectives: 

  1. Participants will be able to identify the impact of racial stereotypes and media bias

   2. Participants will learn ways to use media to amplify       youth voices by utilizing  counter-narrative multimedia     storytelling practices.

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