How the Mental Health Stigma Harms Black Youth

By Stephanie Younger • In the Black community, talking down to, speaking poorly of, publicly humiliating and criminalizing Black youth as a whole is acceptable. In the Black community, body shaming, and devaluing dark skin and type 4 hair on Black girls is acceptable. In the Black community, being violent against Black women and girls, …

Analysis: How Racial Profiling Affects Black and Brown Women and Youth

By Stephanie Younger •  Are all people in America served and protected by the law? In the documentary, “Profiled – The Mothers of Murdered Black and Latino Youth,” director Kathleen Foster utilizes the power of art, amplifies the voices of Black and Latin American women and youth, and directs attention to protest and dissent. This …

Black Youth Have Been Combating Gun Violence for Generations

By Stephanie Younger •  I’d like to start this article by thanking Mobilizing Youth Project and Women’s March Youth Empower for inviting me to speak at the Town Hall For Gun Violence Prevention. The first anniversary of the March For Our Lives movement was last week. It’s mission is to “end gun violence, elect morally just …

Havana Chapman-Edwards on Activism and Girl Power

By Stephanie Younger •  7-year-old student activist Havana Chapman-Edwards (@TheTinyDiplomat) was the only student at her school to participate in the national school walkout to honor the victims of the 1999 Columbine school shooting. Her story went viral and captured the attention of CNN, Refinery29, The Washington Post, USA Today and more. With her honorees …

‘Justice Parade For Youth’ Organized by Youth

By Stephanie Younger •  On Saturday Nov. 3rd, the Richmond community joined RISE For Youth, Art 180, and Performing Statistics to honor and celebrate the voices, dreams and demands of youth affected by the school-to-prison pipeline. The community, composed of speakers, dancers, singers, poets and other performers gathered outside of Hotchkiss Community Center to raise …

“Lift Us Up, Don’t Push Us Out:” Art 180 Opens Exhibition About School Push-Out

By Stephanie Younger •  Art 180 is an RVA-based organization that allows marginalized young people to create change by expressing themselves through music, poetry, dance, and more. On Friday, October 5th, they opened “Lift Us Up! Don’t Push Us Out!” a mixed-reality exhibit that raises awareness about the school-to-prison pipeline, the youth and their families …

The Story Behind the Hashtag “#HelpNotDeath”

By Stephanie Younger •  At an art build for the National March For Justice and Reformation for Marcus-David Peters, I met with Princess Blanding, a co-founder of Justice and Reformation to interview her about how the murder of her brother, Marcus-David Peters motivated her to take action. The Richmond Police Department (RPD) recently ruled the …