WELL BEING CIRCLES
Community well-being circles are intended to be self-sustaining groups that offer community support, collaboration, and empowerment. By facilitating community defined strategies and solutions concerning the unique and specific issues affecting the African American community we work to help to heal our community.
Through our well-being circles, we can teach the community to understand the roots of trauma and train them to become advocates for themselves and their community. At well-being circles, Conscious Voices' conduct peer support, peer run, self-supporting community meetings our 7 Principles for Strengthening the African American Community. These communal meetings provide a safe environment in which to discuss historical trauma, trauma related to discrimination and stigma where the community can seek support and solutions. Address historical trauma and encourage cross-cultural conversation about race and culture from which more creative collaborative strategies can be developed.
Our Healing Circle model places African American stakeholders at the forefront of leadership. Circles use consensus-based decision-making and are the primary incubator for solutions. Deeply rooted in accountability and transformative justice principles, circles are intergenerational, youth to elder, leadership, staff, and community, collaborating as equals.