Current research indicates that our local black youth, regardless of socioeconomic backgrounds, contend with negative depictions of their culture. These depictions, both obvious and subtle, often result in negative perceptions of self. These destructive beliefs can affect many given areas of a child's life and including their mental and physical health, academic success and overall functioning. Indicating the critical need to help them build a positive identity and self-esteem, and provide models for healthy living.
In response to these pressing issues, our chapter created our signature program, Distinctively Me: Developing Culturally Proud Minds and Bodies. This program focuses on positively impacting the physical and mental health, self-esteem and academic achievement of local black youth by exposing them to culturally relevant activities, strategies, and tools. In collaboration with the Yvonne Richardson Community Center's after-school program, Distinctively Me will be delivered through our five programmatic facets.