Washburn Center for Children brings hope to kids like Amelya – who loves riding her bike on her friendly block in South Minneapolis. It was a familiar and safe place for the 9-year-old as she looked forward to free-wheeling summer days. But this summer, things look and feel different.
At first, Amelya didn’t fully comprehend how her neighborhood was impacted by the violence and protests that followed the killing of George Floyd. “My mom and older sister came home from the protests, and my mom packed an overnight bag in case we needed to leave fast and go stay with our cousins in Wisconsin,” Amelya timidly recalled.
She saw for herself when she and her mom went to get groceries a few days later: “Our stores are burned down; all my usual places are gone.”
Amelya reconnected with her Washburn Center therapist to work through her overwhelming fear about being black and feelings of anger, sadness and confusion about the destruction of the neighborhood she calls home. The therapist helped Amelya regain a sense of both physical and emotional safety to move forward with her community in healing.
We're Glad You're Here.
Thank you for visiting us. We hope you find this space filled with hopeful, healing resources and information to help you with kids in your life.
It’s ok to reach out for help.
We’re living in a constant state of maybe. We often don’t know what might come at us next. Our community is reeling from anxiety and trauma. COVID-19 has shifted our sense of time, place and knowing.
Help is here with the Washburn Center for Children team. Let’s talk about how we can support you and the kids you care about.
Have something you’d like us to write about in Let’s Talk?
We’d love to hear your ideas for topics and articles. Reach out to Julie Carver or Jack Sullivan and we’ll work with Washburn Center’s team of experts to add resources, videos to build out more support for you.