Please join us for Oak Park Public Library's third annual Restorative Justice Conference, held virtually on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout October. This year's theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity. Sign up now to receive email updates about the conference »
In week 1, we are highlighting the mental component of humanity. Week 1 focuses on strategies one can use to build stronger skills for your mental well-being.
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10am-11am Tatiana Swancy- Mental Balance. Join Tatiana, a Oak Park Public Library staff and trained Circle Keeper will facilitate a Circle on mental balance.
11:15am-12:15pm Daryl Satcher- Turn Breakdowns into Break throughs
2pm-3pm Community Commons- trained facilitators will be available to facilitate a virtual talking Circle.
3:15am-4:15pm Josephine Horace-Jackson- Endogenous/Exogenous Depression and Anxiety: Trauma in the House This workshop will examine the difference between the two forms of depression and how they can be correlated to genetic, environmental, and social factors. Also, how mental health in many areas have gone largely ignored, which causes undue stressors and or triggers that continually has an effect on our daily lives.
5pm-6pm Community Commons- trained facilitators will be available to facilitate a virtual talking Circle.
6pm-7pm Kaleigh Clarke- Writing Poetry This workshop will entail a virtual poetry writing workshop so bring your pen and pad.
7:15pm-8:15pm Josh Easter & Cody Cotton- Perpetual Self-Learning A part of the leadership team of A Greater Good Foundation will facilitate a virtual workshop in the mental quadrant of the medicine wheel entitled "Perpetual Self Learning". This dynamic duo has lead many social and emotional learning workshops through their organization- A Greater Good Foundation. They have been blessed to transform the lives of numerous underprivileged male youth by providing them with opportunities to excel in life.
Tatiana Swancy an Adult Services Specialist for the Oak Park Public Library. She is a member of the library's Anti-Racism Advisory Team and the staff-focused Well-Being Committee. As a certified circle keeper, she believes in the transformative power of people communing together in circle.
Josephine Horace-Jackson is a mother to 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren. She is a surrogate and adoptive mother to countless across this Nation. Her professional life has consisted of 27 years in various areas of Healthcare. Having to retire early because of an illness, she has taken that knowledge and combined it with education and training in the field of Criminal Justice, Lobbying, Prison Reform and Policy Making. She is involved with several nonprofit organizations around the Chicagoland area, not failing to mention being the Director of her very own. Magnificent Moms is partnered with Dynamic Dad and they as a collaborative team endeavor to reconcile the Family Unit through holistic, integrative, and functional modalities.
Kaleigh Clarke has been living in Oak Park for over 8 years. She enjoys playing the violin, extracurricular activities such as spoken word and Black Leaders Union. With her busy schedule between school, church, family, and social life, she finds time to stay active even if it's just a 30-minute walk from or to school. She has been in multiple leadership positions such as leadership/launch class at OPRFHS, the library teen advisory board, spoken word co-captain, children's church volunteer, youth church leader, youth administrator at her church, etc. Currently, she is starting her own event planning business, with its first huge event in December!
Cody Cotton is the Co-founder and Chief of Heart of A Greater Good Foundation. This organization was co-founded by a few young men to educate and serve diverse communities through unique service opportunities, mentor youth, and house young men in a residential extended learning community.
As they work towards their goal of building Chicago's first residential high school for high risk youth, Cody co-founded a holistic fitness company, Rapture Lifestyle. Throughout his mission, Cody aims to create safe spaces that not only allow people to build perspective, understanding, and community but to show up as their best selves.
Since then, Cody has excelled in his passion for philanthropy and education by advocating AGGF’s cause on platforms such as WGCI, NBC News, and TEDx. He is persistently focused on his mission of serving and educating globally.
Joshua Easter is the Chief Operating Officer of A Greater Good Foundation. Growing up around different communities in Chicago and Proviso Township made him want to improve neighborhoods that were less fortunate economically. He attended Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC where he majored in Sport Management. He also earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Northwestern University, while also working as a Teaching Assistant for children with Autism.
He strives to create positive relationships and improve self-confidence through restorative practices, sports, recreation, personal development, and mentorship. He’s been able to follow his passion at A Greater Good Foundation, while also starting Greater Gains Health and Recreation, a sports and recreation company for young people with special needs. To learn more about A Greater Good Foundation visit: www.agreatergoodfoundation.org