Frequently asked questions

Healing Spaces (SPRING 2020):

In collaboration with youth from The Hip Hop Transformation program, ACCESS participated in a mental health advocacy, action, and awareness raising initiative in response to racial tension after the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd. The Healing Spaces initiative at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School provided the platform and resources for access to create a compelling campaign for on-going youth-led stress management, group processing, and anti-racist action and planning space to be imbedded in the high school. Their campaign consisted of the development and administration of a school climate survey, mindfulness meditation virtual workshops, and spoken word/monologues.

Special thanks to friends of ACCESS: Mindfulness coach, Nyell Jeudy; Professional acting coach and founder of The Triggered Project, Keith Mascoll; and Program Director/Engineer David “Lightfoot” Below, of the Hip Hop Transformation program for their generous contributions to this important project.

ACCESS Summer 2020

The summer 2020 cohort emphasized exposure to physiological-,health-, neuroscience, and sports-psychology to enhance youths’ understanding of the connection between physical and psychological well being (i.e. the mind-body connection). This was particularly important given the increased stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Youth engaged in daily workouts followed by explanations of neurological and psychological systems involved and affected by physical activity. To broaden their impact to other teens, youth developed their own workout, mindfulness, and psychoeducation videos to share with their community across various platforms.

ACCESS Fall 2020

The ACCESS fall program was introduced to program development, grant proposal writing, and multisystemic intervention. Youth developed a mini-grant request for funding proposal for an initiative that will address accessibility to mental health resources for vulnerable populations in their community. In preparation for their proposals, youth studied ecological systems interventions, developed logic models and specific interventions aimed to increase access to mental healthcare. Additional emphasis was placed on financial literacy, college access.