#unMASKing is a highly experiential workshop that creates a safe space for individuals and teams to engage in an uncommonly open, honest dialogue. Ever Forward recognizes that each person has a set of shared human needs - for support, expression, recognition, meaning, and connection. By closing the gap between who we are on the inside and who we show up as at work, school, and life we create more meaningful connections, healthier communication, deeper engagement - and ultimately more powerful results.
Through presentation, hands-on activities, and film this workshop will introduce participants to the world of gender support groups through our work with young men. Far too often urban youth have to navigate the complex world of school, home, and the streets by themselves. Issues like fitting in, self-esteem, trauma, loss, body image and the pressures of life keep many youth from realizing their full potential inside and outside of school. This workshop will empower youth workers to create more inclusive spaces.
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Ashanti Branch works to change how young men of color interact with their education and how their schools interact with them. Raised in Oakland by a single mother on welfare, Ashanti left the inner city to study civil engineering at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo. A construction project manager in his first career, his life changed after he tutored struggling students and realized his passion for tea…