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Black Women & Youth Mental Wellness Expo

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AKArama Community Service Center

6220 S. Ingleside Avenue

Chicago, IL 60637

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The Black Women & Youth Mental Wellness Expo is a community event that is the first of its kind in Chicago! The Black Women & Youth Mental Wellness Expo seeks to address the need of connecting Black women and youth to quality providers and empowering them to take charge of their mental health. The Expo will showcase a wide range of mental wellness resources in Chicago that provide quality services to Black women and youth. We will have inspirational speakers, engaging workshops, resource connections, food, giveaways, and much more!

If you are a provider of mental health and wellness services in the Chicago area, sign up to be a vendor. You'll be able to share your practice or organization's information with expo attendees who could end up utilizing your services! We are seeking vendors from the following practice areas to join our expo:

  • Therapists

  • Social Workers

  • Substance Use

  • Counselors

  • Holistic Healers

  • Fitness Coaches

  • Clinics

*Vendors that service low-income clients are encouraged to sign-up.

We are also seeking workshop facilitators to share life-changing information about topics related to mental health and wellness.

We hope that you will join us for this amazing event!

This event is brought to you by:

Breaking the Silence

Saving Our Girls

Sista Afya

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - Theta Omega Chapter


Why should I participate in the Black Women & Youth Mental Wellness Expo?

Our expo will be the first of its kind on the southside of Chicago where we will bring vital information and resources focused on mental health and wellness. There are disparities in Chicago for Black people seeking and securing mental health and wellness services. Our expo will address this disparity by providing quality resources, workshops, and general information abour mental health and wellness to an underserved community.

Why is there a fee for workshop facilitators and vendors?

We charge a small fee for workshop facilitators and vendors to help us cover costs for the expo.

Can I be a workshop facilitator AND venfor for the expo?

Yes, you can be a workshop facilitator and vendor at the event. You need someone to stay at your vending table while you are facilitating the workshop.

Do I have to pay a fee to be a workshop facilitator AND a vendor?


What does facilitating a workshop entail?

Workshops are 50 minutes long and entail providing interactive activities and/or a presentation that focuses on a topic in mental health and wellness. Workshops are not mini speaking engagements. After signing up to be a facilitator, you will be sent a form so we can learn more about the details of your workshop.

What does being a vendor entail?

A mental health and wellness vendor will have a table where they will provide general information about their practice, business, or organization to attendees. Vendors will have the opportunity to interact with expo attendees directly as they participate in the expo.

Do I have to stay at the expo all day if I am a vendor or facilitator?

If you are a facilitator, you only need to be at the expo 30 minutes prior to your workshop, during your workshop, and 30 minutes after your workshop. If you are a vendor, we expect you to stay during the entire expo. If you will need to leave early, please let us know.

Are people who are non-black welcome to attend the expo?

Absolutely! Anyone is welcome to attend the expo. Our primary target for this event are Black people because of the disparities they experience in accessing mental health and wellness care. However, anyone can benefit and take advantage of our expo.

How can I financially support the expo?

We are looking for sponsors for the expo. Send us an e-mail at info@sistaafya.com so we can provide you with information about how you can give.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact us at info@sistaafya.com or contact us at: 312-880-9739.

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