healing justice and community care
According to Cara Page and the Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective "Healing Justice is a framework that identifies how we can holistically respond to and intervene on generational trauma and violence and to bring collective practices that can impact and transform the consequences of oppression on our bodies, hearts and minds." The spaces we create through Kids Create Change are informed by healing justice practices which means our programs are trauma-informed and our social justice work addresses mental health, wellness through self- and community care. We apply the knowledge and skills we have gained through our education, training and work in art therapy and counseling to these spaces. We challenge western approaches to wellness as the only path, and find value in healing practices informed by various forms of cultural and indigenous wisdom and tradition. We believe that healing is necessary to social justice work, and the act of care in all forms are acts of resilience and change.
community projects, collaborations and initiatives
Through a partnership with Connections for the Homeless Kids Create Change constructed carefully curated free 'shops' at the location where many families were housed during the first 6 months of the pandemic. The shop gave kids and families the opportunity to access books, toys, games, puzzles and art materials to utilize while sheltering in place.