Reach One Teach One Uca’s Girls In Leadership Program Hosts Women’s Mental Health Seminar

The Girls in Leadership program will host “Mind, Body and Soul: Women Raising Women” at Orchard Knob Middle School this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

The goal of the seminar is to change the stigma surrounding mental health from one generation to the next. The free conference will feature various mental and physical health providers.

Reach One Teach One Uca is looking for additional suppliers and sponsors. Applications will be
be accepted via [email protected]

Reach One Teach One Uca is an early intervention program for children ages 5-14 with the
mission to “provide underserved young people in Chattanooga with opportunities to explore ideas about
community and careers.

The nonprofit’s executive director, Reginald Yearby, created the Boys in Leadership and Girls in Leadership programs to focus on the specific needs of young men and women.

Girls in Leadership program director Stephanie Athalone noted that a particular need in the community is for mental health resources. “Our goal is to break the surface to break the generational curse of poverty. In the black community, it is even taboo to talk about mental health. I want to bring the conversation to the forefront of the community,” Ms Athalone said.

The seminar is open to all women raising young women. Ms Athalone says it is important to address mental health with girls and the adults who raise them. “We can take children out of their environment and teach them skills, but then we need to make sure that when they leave our program, the environment they return to has the tools to provide appropriate emotional support,” said Mrs Athalone. .

Some of the providers present at the conference include Aroyal Therapy Holistic Healing Company, Natural Journeyz, International Healing Empowerment Center, JOYRE TCMedi Spa and Bronz Visionary.

Reach One Teach One Uca has five sponsors including Impact Chattanooga, Pretty Chic Eats,
Silverdale Baptist School, Miztha and Orchard Knob.

Interested participants are asked to pre-register for the event by calling Ms. Athalone at 423-602-1218. All CDC guidelines for COVID-19 will be followed.

Kevin E. Boling