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Gathering for Teens to Grow in Peace and Justice

Her Flowers discussion group for female-identifying teens aims to raise anti-racist work.

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Third nature therapy team Daniela Miranda and Julie Goldberg care deeply about teenage girls and how they process current events. They launched the “her flowers” anti-racist workshop, which will meet virtually June 26 and July 1, to bring girls, ages 14-18, together to discuss race, privilege, and justice in America.

“By creating a space that is interracial our hope is to lay the foundation of anti-racism work, while committing to the lifelong process of justice work,” says Goldberg. “We’ll do all the tech and prep work, and make sure group members have a sense of connection and practice kindness towards each other.”

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The two-part series will begin with introductions. Participants will share their pronouns, list identities, and express their reason for joining the group. Goldberg stresses the importance of gauging where participants are coming from to guide where the discussion moves. If participants are comfortable with sharing identities, they’ll review a mix of Sue & Sue’s stages of racial identity, which outline a continuum of facing racist tendencies, and Helm’s model of identity, which explores racial identity development from a variety of perspectives with the goal of building empathy across racial divides.

“We want this space to be a place to normalize these conversations and allow teens to one, express themselves, and two, know that it’s OK to feel unsure,” says Goldberg. “It’s really helpful to get familiar with these theories in a way to make sense of what’s going on and normalize that change takes time in order for it to be long-lasting.”

Miranda and Goldberg, who work as a community psychology researcher and therapist respectively, will offer prompts meant to deepen group members’ understanding of racism, white privilege, and feminism, and also create weekly journaling prompts for group members to reflect on throughout the week. They’ll use themes addressed in Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix, by Ibram X. Kendi and Jason Reynolds.

Her flowers is open to all female-identifying teenagers from across the country. Donations collected from participants will go to the Loveland Foundation, which gives financial assistance to black women and girls seeking therapy. No member will be turned away for lack of funds.

Need to Know: Interested participants should register at thirdnaturetherapy.com/her-flowers.

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