Training Targets Unhealthy Black Youth Culture

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January 4, 2011 - 7:15am

Don’t Call Me N***a!: Helping Youth Unlearn Oppression

Examining the intervention opportunities that youth present through their language and culture.

Presenter: Hodari Davis, Ph.D.
Thursday, January 20th
2:30PM - 4:30PM

This interactive training, sponsored in part by OUSD's Office of African-American Male Achievement, examines black youth culture and weights its impact on youth’s lives. While acknowledging unhealthy aspects of black youth culture, the training presents its overlap with the aspects of the broader American culture that foster oppression and exploitation. Participants are challenged to examine adult dismissal and disdain of black youth culture and the double-standard of values in American education and social service. The training highlights the powerful ways youth have used this same culture deliberately towards empowering their lives and transforming the institutions that shape them. The training finally explores how adults in these institutions can foster creative, healthy youth expression that honors the existing black youth culture instead of dismissing it.

About the instructor:
Hodari has been an educator, artist and activist for over 20 years. He taught at Berkeley High School, and was the Executive Director of Making Waves at the Branson School. He is currently the National Program Director for Youth Speaks inc, and Executive Producer of the Brave New Voices Festival which has been featured on HBO as recently as a few months ago. He is a professor of African-American Studies at Merritt College, and Assistant Director of the Young Gifted and Black Repertory program, featuring 17 African-American elementary and middle school students from Oakland.

Location: Marcus Foster School 2850 West St. Oakland, CA 94608

This training is free of cost and is open to any individuals who work with foster youth in Alameda County.

To register please call 510-531-3111 x348, or email There is limited space available.