Charles County Public Schools (CCPS), which provides an academically challenging education to over 27,598 students in grades prekindergarten through 12, is committed to addressing the mental health crisis among Black youth. On Saturday, December 9th, Superintendent of Schools Maria V. Navarro, Ed.D., will join Ivy and Pearls of Southern Maryland Community Charities and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Nu Zeta Omega Chapter of Waldorf for a public policy forum on this topic.
The event, titled “Giving Hope: Addressing the Crisis of Suicide Amongst Black Youth,” is free and open to the public with registration required for attendance. It will take place at the College of Southern Maryland’s La Plata campus in the Center for Business and Industry (BI) Building, Room 113 from 10 a.m. to noon. Check-in for the event begins at 9:30 a.m.
Navarro is set to present on a panel about Parental Training: Youth Mental Health First Aid as part of the forum’s goal to address mental health issues that impact Black youth and provide resources for parents. The forum will also feature mental health experts and healthcare professionals with facilitated breakout sessions for parents and youth alike.
CCPS prides itself on providing a technologically advanced, progressive, and high-quality education that builds character, equips students for leadership, and prepares them for life, careers, and higher education without discriminating based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex