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SISFI is hosting "The Emotional State of our Youth" Community Forums across NYC to focus on the mental, emotional, spiritual and sociological challenges and impacts of life, parenting, the education system, abuse, peer pressure, substance abuse, gangs, relationships, human trafficking, sexuality, isolation, poverty, lost identity affecting our youth that are forcing them into uncomfortable positions to make serious life choices and sometimes they don't have anyone to guide them or talk with about it. We’re giving them a platform to share, discuss, speak out on what’s truly in their hearts and on their minds so we can understand and help to guide them more effectively. We must understand human behavior and its relevance today before we can truly address the mental and emotional challenges plaguing our communities and people.
We hear about their challenges after they do something "bad" or get into trouble but that's because we don't see, understand or focus on emotional wellness until after the fact. With suicide attempts and ideations, gun violence, gang initiations, early parenthood, school dropouts and health risks increasing in our youth, we cannot deny the seriousness of the issues and how they permeate our communities. Still, unchecked, we are afraid to face the issues as a whole and still look at them as isolated rather than recognize the need to go back to the source and root cause of the end results. We must come together to address these issues holistically or we will also we cleaning up and responding to the end results of violence, loss of life and incarceration.
We invite community leaders, clergy, educators, mental health professionals, health professionals, law enforcement and parents to participate in the forum so we can all be educated, aware and a part of the solutions for our youth.
Please share and invite your networks as well.
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