Parents are encouraged to review the linked resources to identify those that are best suited for your use.
York Region District School Board is hosting three webinars for Black youth to learn about the mental health supports that are available to them. The sessions will be hosted by Roxanne Francis, MSW, RSW, and YRDSB Social Workers Richard Langhorne MSW, RSW, and Hoshana Calliste, MSW, RSW.
In these webinars, youth will learn about how to access mental health supports, resources, and strategies. The webinars will also provide a safe space for Black youth to express themselves.
Intended for students grades 4 to 8.
An asterisk (*) indicates that is it a resource on talking about race.
- Dr. Maya Angelou: Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud
- Quote from Oprah Master class excerpt: “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all of the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their colour.”
Something happened in our town - A children’s story about racial injustice.*
Video read aloud: "I am Enough" by Grace Byers - Positive affirmations about self and difference
Video read aloud: "Let the Children March" by Monica Clark-Robinson - Peaceful, youth-led protests for social justice
- The Engaged Parent: Navigating the School System for Black Student Success
- Talking to your children about racism (video)
- Dear Child - When Black Parents Have to Give the Talk (video)
- RESilience: Uplifting Youth Through Healthy Communication About Race
- Teaching Tolerance Magazine
- Across Boundaries: mental health and addiction services for racialized communities
- Registered Psychotherapist Bonnie J. Skinner discusses how parents, mentors, and community can help Black youth cultivate the strength and resilience required for success: