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How to be an Ally: BRAVE safe spaces

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How to be an Ally: BRAVE safe spaces

With everything going on in the world, it’s sometimes difficult to know what or how to say things and often times, we feel unsafe to speak.

Jermaine Henry shares tools to create a space that can navigate difficult conversations with yourself and with others. We will explore both the philosophy and practice of creating BRAVE spaces using a PRO-LIBERATION framework through self-reflection, discussion, and group activities.

This is an introductory workshop for people who want to get a primer on how one’s identity and intersectionality plays out in conversations, how to listen deeply to one another, and how to practice speaking our truths with openness, courage and compassion.

Speaker: Jermaine Henry

Jermaine Henry is a Social ARTrepreneur who is passionate about connecting and inspiring people to self-actualize. He utilizes drama, emceeing, facilitation and spoken word to curate brave spaces promoting freedom, love and equity.

Jermaine works with young Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) leaders across Ontario to promote healing through community arts with grassroots groups such as AVNU, Spoke N’ Heard, The New Mentality, and YSI Collaborative. He has had the privilege of performing, facilitating and collaborating with diverse groups in schools and community around mental health, leadership, pro-liberation and community engagement.

Previous clients include AVNU, Canadian Mental Health Association (Toronto Branch), Engineers Without Borders, Inspirit Foundation, Studio-Y @ MaRS District, Toronto Community Housing, and the Children's Peace Theatre.

Learn more about Jermaine and who he’s worked with at jermainehenry.ca/about.

Testimonial:

Jermaine has worked with The New Mentality in a number of different roles, including as a Facilitator, Harvester, and Core Team member. The New Mentality is a broad network of diverse people, working within the realm of mental health. Jermaine has demonstrated skill in hosting diverse groups of different sizes hosted groups of different sizes and varied ages and backgrounds. Our work often dives into very challenging topics and conversations around mental health, and more recently into race and anti-oppression. This is where Jermaine's skills shine through - he has hosted these conversations with grace and presence while not shying away from the depth of the issues. He is gifted in helping groups surface their collective knowledge, and in supporting individuals and groups to experience growth and connection. Jermaine has a strong presence and an infectious energy. It has been a pleasure to work together and I will continue to look for opportunities to collaborate.”

Caralyn Quan, Program Manager, The New Mentality
Children’s Mental Health Ontario

"In February, Jermaine Henry showed us how to create a BRAVE safe space for people to understand intersectionality, listen deeply to one another, and speak our truths. With everything going on in the world, it’s difficult to know what or how to say things, and he helped us co-create what brave space meant to us so that we could speak and listen with respect, compassion, and courage."

Shilbee Kim, Community Manager, Centre for Social Innovation Regent Park

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To make it financially accessible, the Social Innovation Institute is covering the cost of this workshop. For other accomodations required to attend the workshop (i.e., tokens, child minding, etc), please email Denise (denise@socialinnovation.ca). We’re constantly learning and exploring different ways to live up to our value of creating healthy cultures and we’re always open to feedback.

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