Give Healing to Classrooms.
Your support can help us impact over 1,200 teachers in the New York and Newark area!
Ensuring that we hire more full-time and part-time healing circle facilitators in the New Year. Your contribution is key to bringing healing to under-resourced schools.
We can help.
Supporting educator mental health and well-being requires both building self-care and community care practices.
We coach schools to integrate anti-racist practices that are tailored and culturally relevant, including healing circles, trainings, and strategic planning.
Most programs for educators focus on self-care and ignore community care and working conditions. Because well-being is not one-size-fits all, we look to the evidence on what helps teachers of color specifically thrive and grow.
Healing circles, rooted in indigenous culture, form the underlying structures that ground our work. Participating in at least 4 healing circles has shown a statistically significant improvement in overall quality of life and mental health outcomes.
Mental health matters. Let’s move together to support educators’ mental health.
Founded by a Black teacher, Wenimo Okoya, Healing School Project’s programs were centered around teachers of color; when programs are built around those furthest away from systemic privilege, everyone benefits.
During the pandemic, teacher burnout was building especially among educators of color. It all came to a breaking point after the murder of George Floyd. Recognizing this wasn’t a new issue, Wenimo and founding team member, Ginelle Wynter, understood the need to address it. Ginelle and Wenimo took the initiative to organize informal virtual healing circles, providing a supportive space for their teacher friends and colleagues to cope.
We are dedicated to ensuring that teachers of color stay in the profession and keep making a difference. We do this by guiding schools to support teachers’ mental health and wellbeing. For every child, we are leading a movement to center educators of color mental health.
Every school is a place where all people feel safe and supported mentally, emotionally, and psychologically.
Today, Healing Schools Project partners with schools, and districts by providing an anti-racist approach to mental health and well-being support for teachers.
Words Shared With Us
This was exactly what I never knew I needed.
Healing Circle Attendee
[I like] the collective healing and sharing of experiences. I felt like I was where I belonged!
Healing Circle Attendee
I’ve never connected with my colleagues in this way.