Birthed out of wanting to model the change we seek, our mission is to sponsor, support, empower, engage, and bring awareness to relevant social issues, mental health and wellness initiatives.
We accomplish this by implementing creative, hands-on educational programming and training opportunities that highlight and promote living a healthy lifestyle.
Our goal and mission is to partner with local organizations and raise awareness within the school district regarding social-emotional care and mental health services and wellness by hosting community events that meet a tangible immediate need.
Jazzy Jam 4 Kidz aka Charity Events by Jacqueline Outreach Services, now Jazzy Jam for Empowerment was initially created by Jacqueline Snell-Brown to help raise funds to support educational and enrichment programs for area youth in Pasadena. Since its inception, Ms. Snell has introduced kids to The First Tee, a junior golf program teaching life skill to area youth and has also partnered with the Pasadena Arts Council to help produce various arts programs including dance and musical productions for area youth. JJ has also been instrumental in developing music clinics in collaboration with John Muir High School and Pasadena High School, as well as a culinary arts program which will benefit students of the Pasadena Unified School District.
In order to support the efforts of JJ and to broaden the scope of its educational empowerment initiatives, Ms. Snell officially created Jazzy Jam, which was first facilitated in conjunction with Pasadena High School, as an effort to raise money to provide deserving youth with school supplies and to bring together the local community and families. As an annual community event, Jazzy Jam was developed to help fund various programs including a series of creative, hands-on educational classes including cooking and nutrition classes to prevent obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure among youth. JJE encourage youth to make healthy lifestyles choices along with offering classes to discover their artistic, musical, and dancing abilities.
There is definitely a need for more social-emotional care, access to mental health services and resources for BIPOC students and families and we want to be that bridge. The suicide rate for African American girls is currently at an alarming rate. A recent national study shows that depressed African American and Hispanic youth were about 30% to 40% less likely to receive specialty mental health services than depressed Caucasian youth, although there was no difference in the use of non-specialty services (Zhang et al., 2018). A few reasons why this problem is exacerbated is due to:
2. Waiting times and location
3. Lack of knowledge of different services/resources
4. Where to access care (School based mental health service)
5. Lack of money
6. Lack of access between culturally responsive providers to patients/racial and linguistic concordance
African Americans especially mistrust of medical researchers (and the lack thereof of research overall) and the healthcare system stems from structural and systematic factors spanning four centuries. Minority youth, especially African American and Hispanic youth, are often from socioeconomically disadvantaged families, whose financial hardship and lack of insurance are often barriers to mental health services.
Our goal is to partner with school districts and other local behavioral health organizations that serve students as social-emotional and mental health services and programming may include academic counseling, brief interventions to address behavioral problems, workshops, events, assessments, and referrals to other services. Providing mental health services in a school-based setting helps address barriers to learning and provide support so that all students can achieve in school and ultimately in life. It also can help stop the stigma associated with seeking mental health treatment overall. A 2015 Sociology of Education study concluded that Black and Brown students were more likely to face disciplinary actions even when being served under the Individual with Disabilities Act of 504 education disabilities education policies. From 2013 - 2014, 20% of Black IDEA students were suspended compared to only 7% of White IDEA students which continues to funnel students through the school to prison pipeline.
The need for our services is prevalent and needed.