Buffi Williams will be the speaker at the upcoming AALI Speaks event on Monday, April 8 from 12-1:30 PM.

Williams will talk about solution-focused thinking, strengths-based leadership, mindfulness, and the link between mental health and educational success for youth. The state of the education system and the academic struggles of our children are popular topics in the public discourse today, which is why NECIC is making them the focus of this month’s AALI Speaks event.

When talking about education, however, we often ignore the impact of mental health on academic success, particularly in the African American community. As a result, Williams will emphasize just how important emotional regulation and wellness are to the personal and academic success of our children. They are the engines to success in all areas of life and need to be taken seriously if we want to see kids thrive both at school and at home.

Guided by her experience as a licensed social worker for over 20 years, Williams will also talk about the importance of designing social service programs in a strengths-focused manner in order to achieve these goals.

If you care about the future of our youth and want to hear a different perspective on how to improve their success and emotional wellbeing from someone with decades of experience in the field, make sure to join AALI on Monday, April 8 from 12-1:30 PM. The event will be at NECIC, 134 N Main Street in downtown Mansfield.

Tickets are required and can be purchased for $10 here, though the event is free for AALI members. Seats are limited, so get your tickets quickly.

AALI is the African American Leadership Initiative. The mission of AALI is to identify and cultivate African American leaders in Mansfield and Richland County and functions to create a network of diverse leaders with relevant opportunities to connect and contribute. To find out more about it and learn about ways to support this initiative, please visit their website here.

Photo: NECIC

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