P.R.I.D.E. Programs (Positive Racial Identity Development and Embodiment), provide safe, accessible space for Black women and girls (ages 15-21) who are cis-gender and LGBTQIA+, living with HIV, survivors of sexual trauma, and sexual exploitation to experience authentic dialogue, build community, reclaim their stories, and be reoriented toward a wholistic trauma informed theology.
Through spiritual and theological processing groups, educational classes, reading cohorts, and mini- retreats facilitated in Harriet's Haven located at Northway Christian Church, P.R.I.D.E. will create opportunities and experiences that facilitate the flourishing of Black women and girls.
Harriet's Haven is accessible to the women and girls who need this space. We assist with transportation to guarantee access. In Harriet's Haven, we practice radical hospitality, redemptive self-love, intentional care, and creativity. To promote community, we have shared meals in our sessions and opportunities for creative expression through different art mediums.
For Black Girls
Current research suggests persons of color who have unhealthy racial identity beliefs tend to perform lower in school and have more symptoms of depression. The Study found that racial identity and positive perceptions of school climate were associated with greater academic motivation. Moreover, the researchers learned that racial identity acted as a protective factor in hostile or negative school climates. Researchers found that feeling positive about being Black, and feeling support and belonging at school may be especially important forBlack girls' classroom engagement and curiosity.
For Black Women
Current research indicates that older Blacks in the United States face a disproportionate risk of acquiring HIV and suffer from higher rates of HIV morbidity and mortality than older adults of other racial and ethnic groups. As of 2018, Black women have the highest cases and rate of new HIV diagnoses compared to women of other races/ethnicities living in Dallas County. In 2018, there were 2,383 Black women living with HIV in Dallas County. Black women comprised 68% of women living with HIV in the county, but only 24% of the total Dallas County female population.