Carefully Curated All Black Healing Spaces. For Us. By Us. With Us.

This Summer Y-WE is taking our affinity programming to the next level and inundating Seattle with all Black everything. Brought to you by the creators of Blackout Healing, we will be curating awesomeness all summer long for Black girls, women, trans, and gender expansive humans ages 13-19. It’s giving joy, wellness, activities, vibes, and an opportunity to simply be in community. Everything is free and folks can sign up for as many or few programs or experiences as they want. 

Applications are now closed. Check back for Summer 2023 opportunities!

FAQS

  1. I’m over 19, but still want to participate. What should I do? Consider mentoring.
  2. If I fill out the application does that mean I’m in? Some of the activities like swimming, have a participation cap, so these will be first come first serve and folks might get waitlisted.
  3. How many programs can I sign up for? You can attend as many or as few as you want. For the mental wellness and reading program you can come to one day or the whole program. For the other programs you are expected to attend the whole program.
  4. How much does this cost? All of our programs are free to you (though feel free to donate if you can). 
  5. Is there transportation support? Yes. Most folks will find their own way to our programs, but if you need help one of our staff can plan with you. 

Book Club at Wa Na Wari

June 28, July 26, August 30, September 11, all 5-7PM

Join facilitator Soulma Ayers-Hardiman for a drop in reading circle on the last Tuesday of the month from June-August at Wa Na Wari. There will be a culminating tea party on Sunday, September 11, 5:00-7:00pm.
Spots are available for up to 15 youth participants. You can sign up for all three sessions or just one. More details to come!

Wellness Drop-ins*

June 2, July 7, August 4, all 6-8PM

Join Therapist Rian Roberson on the first Thursday of the month all summer for a wellness drop in session. This is a place for BIPOC girls and gender expansive folks to explore mental health practices and connect with one another in a supportive community. Talking about mental health is no longer taboo — it is essential, especially for those who experience multiple areas of marginalization. We are creating an intentional space for participants to talk about mental health, share experience, ask questions, gather resources, and be heard and held by similar others, moderated by a Black, queer mental health counselor. 

*this program is open to all BIPOC youth

Black Queer Prom

Sunday, June 26, 7:30-11PM

So much has been canceled since March 2020. We’ve missed graduations and school dances and so many rites of passage. Not this year! Black queer prom will be on and poppin. It’s this year’s must go to Pride event. Click here to RSVP!

Biking

Monday June 27 – Friday July 1, 10AM-4PM daily

Y-WE and Bike Works are teaming up for Black Girls/NB Bike. In this program participants will get to ride around Seattle, learn the rules of the road, basic bike safety, how to fix a flat tire, and more. You don’t have to have a bike or know how to ride to participate. There is an opportunity to earn a bike. Lunch and snacks will be provided. This program is open to Black identifying cis and trans girls and non-binary youth ages 13-18. All Y-WE programs are free to the participant, however if you would like to earn a bike that will cost $20.

Black Mermaids

July 20–24

Hosted by Chandrika Francis of the Oshun Swim School, this is a four day exploration of Blackness and water. On the first day participants will be on land for a discussion: We Come From Mermaids, African Diaspora & Water. The next three days we’re going to get in the pool and learn some basic swimming skills culminating in a pool party. First time swimmers are especially welcome. 

Hiking

August 13

Let’s Hike! Join Y-WE staff Mary Williams for a stunning day at Deception Pass State Park. Together we’ll explore the trails and  have lunch on the beach. All Fitness Levels Welcome.

Horseback Riding* (FULL)

August 25-27

Let’s ride horses! During this day camp, Y-WE will partner with the Buffalo Soldier of Seattle at Legends ranch, horse training and boarding facility located in Roy, Wa (near Tacoma). Participants will learn more about the history of Black women during the western era, learn to saddle and ride a horse, change a tire, build a fire and more.

*this program is open to all BIPOC youth

Previous Y-WE Black Affinity Spaces

Y-WE Black Girls Matter Mentorship Program

This program is for people of all ages who identify as Black girls, women, gender fluid, trans, non-binary, or gender expansive. We are coming together because our lives matter and together we can support one another to thrive. Mentors and mentees will meet one on one once a month at a time and place that works for both people. The second once a month meeting will be a group outing with all the mentors and mentees.

Black Girls Matter Day of Wellness
Juneteenth Blackout Healing at YES Farm
Blackout Healing Holiday Hangout
Release & Restore End-of-Year Ritual
Rest as Resistance Meditation Series
Blackout Healing at Coyote Central
Blackout Healing PRIDE Edition at Judkins Park
Juneteenth Blackout Healing at CHOP 2020

For more information on Blackout Healing, visit www.blackouthealing.love 

Every Black person I know is soul tired and rubbed raw. I don’t think this is a secret.

-Reagan Jackson
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