July 11, 2017

Dear family, friends and supporters,

Welcome to the June 2017 IGF Newsletter, we have some very exciting updates to share with you this month.  

During the month of June IGF youth leaders honed in on their leadership skills, continued our work in mental health first aid training with Ramsey County Law Enforcement agencies, honored the father's of IGF and performed our Health and Wellness workshop at the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center. We are so excited to tell you all about below! 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

As a continuation of the CATCH Planning Grant Irreducible Grace is continuing to foster and nurture their relationship with Ramsey County Law Enforcement agencies as we work in collaboration to shift the narrative and conversations held within our communities related to law enforcement and people of color. 

We are extremely excited about this work, continuing this dialogue and showcasing what we have learned and practice throughout this partnership.

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Health & Wellbeing Workshop
IGF youth leaders led their second Fostering Health & Wellbeing workshop with friends and partners of the community. During this workshop performance IGF introduced their new monologues and narratives in reflection of their experience with the Mind, Body and Spirit work. These monologues and narratives helped IGF leaders identify their triggers and be held accountable to improving their behaviors and reactions by utilizing written and verbal personal action plans.

We would like to give a special thanks to Aiyana Machado and the Indigenous Roots Cultural Arts Center for being such a great community host and providing the opportunity for us collaborate on such phenomenal work. 

Young Men's and Women's Support Circle
Monthly IGF hosts a support circle for both young men and women to be in community with one another and to have a safe space for sensitive dialogue and support of peers.

"The young men's and women's support circle is place and time where everyone feels welcomed, appreciated and honored. We are proud supporters and lovers of one another to ensure that we can all become the best versions of ourselves and thrive. I enjoy the time I am able to spend with my IGF brothers and sisters building, fostering and nurturing relationships. IGF is nothing short of a blessing for many of us and for that we are grateful."
-Shaunie Grigsby, IGF youth leader

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Upcoming Events

Leadership Training
Date: 
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Time: 2:00 - 4:30 PM
Place: Camphor Church, 585 Fuller Ave, St. Paul, MN 55103
Overview:  Do you want to lead workshops that foster change and create performances that speak truth? Cohort one of IGF youth leaders will lead and facilitate a workshop facilitation training for a second cohort of youth leaders. The facilitation training is open to those want to become IGF leaders and workshop facilitators. Youth leaders will learn the history and purpose of IGF as well as the grounding principles and practices that we use in our workshops and performances to engage our community. Through this training youth will work on fostering voice, healing and change with programs driven by and created for youth of color.

Thank you again for your interest in and support for the Irreducible Grace Foundation!

Thank you again for your interest in and support for the Irreducible Grace Foundation!

In kindness and grace,
Dr. Darlene Fry and the IGF Team

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