ACB Stabilization Program
The African, Caribbean & Black Stabilization Program (ACB Program) was initially funded by the Province and started out as a Covid response model that recognizes the importance of belonging, connection, promoting meaningful relationships, and working with youth families and natural supports. This project is our COVID-19 emergency response to support youth dealing with mental health and addiction issues.
The ACB Stabilization program provides a safe, supportive, and secure space that allows for the development of mental health plans and personal goal setting away from everyday stressors, including those added by COVID-19. Services include therapeutic engagement, educational and employment supports from an African descent cultural perspective.
The objective of ACCEC’s ACB Program is for Black youth to tap into their highest potential to alleviate barriers by providing grassroots community protective factors, that are culturally relevant. The Program is designed to address barriers and vulnerabilities that Black youth experience, such as:
- The long-term impact and lived experience of historical and racial trauma
- Multigenerational and developmental trauma
- Youth fleeing violence
- Mental health barriers
ACCEC provides culturally sensitive programs, services and resources that facilitate the rehabilitation and reintegration of Black youth utilizing culturally relevant approaches. ACCEC provides cultural community programs, as well as other community programs serve the overall goal of transitioning youth out of crisis and providing stability. We do this through holistic services of care that facilitate the transition of Youth into the ANZA Youth Program and other community programs.
We use an Afrocentric model to create a therapeutic environment as a best- promising intervention that provides a connection. Our services include therapeutic engagement, outreach, resource connection, advocacy, life skills, education, court processing support and employment support while building trust and providing a safe environment for them.