The S.A.F.E. Program (Sisters Advocating For Empowerment) is a support program offering domestic abuse and anger management education and meeting culturally specific needs of participants. The S.A.F.E. program utilizes a parallel curriculum that merges to create a learning experience of personal growth, support and healing. Our goal is to empower and support women by helping them better understand their feelings, develop skills to manage personal emotions, and build self- esteem.
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Presenter: Blenda Smith, Program Coordinator and Family Assessment Case Manager, 180 Degrees African American Wellness Institute
Blenda Smith has 27 years of experience in providing direct, supportive and family-driven services for diverse populations and has a proven track record of successfully engaging clients and families and handling crisis situations that often emerge in this work. Currently Ms. Smith is the program coordinator and family assessment case manager for the 180 Degrees African American Wellness Institute’s Sisters Advocating for Empowerment (SAFE) program. SAFE provides culturally-specific support, assistance and education to help women, particularly African, African American and multicultural women who are involved in or are survivors of domestic violence develop and maintain safe and stable living situations through EBPs developed for cultural communities. During the past year, Ms. Smith has participated in MCF-RW’s Juvenile Reentry Taskforce and chaired the Taskforce’s Family Engagement Workgroup. Prior to joining 180 Degrees, Ms. Smith supervised study hall for Hopkins School District; coordinated and facilitated a women’s anger management and parenting program at Phyllis Wheatley Community Center; and was a family liaison for Minneapolis Public Schools. She has also worked for the U.S. Census Bureau, Minneapolis Urban League, an alternative high school called The City, Inc. and Plymouth Christian Youth Center. Ms. Smith has a BA in human services and minored in adult development and training and is pursuing a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Augsburg College.
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