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ABOUT VILLAGE MENTALITY
Mission Statement: To provide a space where people can share their stories, issues or concerns with the collective melanated community.
To make available effective support from organizations that can provide resources in order to address critical needs within communities of color.
To empower and unify our men, women and youth to embrace “village mentality”, recognizing that there is strength in numbers and in our collective skill sets. If we are to take our rightful place in this world, we must come together in spirit, in love and community.
Mental Health Advocate
C.K. McGhee is a woman of faith who believes in nurturing her spiritual relationship with God in order to be her best and to give her best. She hails from New York’s Mid-Hudson Valley, which is just north of New York City.
Having been diagnosed with Major Depressive and Anxiety Disorder twenty years ago, she is concerned with bringing awareness to the Mental Health crisis in America; specifically focused on The African-American community. She believes that not only are her struggles with mental health a testimony for someone else who may be struggling but that it’s the very foundation for her advocacy platform; to inspire, motivate and inform others that there is life despite mental health challenges.
Her signature phrase, “Here’s to brighter days”, maintains a steadfast hope that all of the voices that have been silenced by stigma, will be supported to speak their truth, knowing and understanding the value of their lives; walking in purpose towards their brighter days!
Early Childhood Educator
Patreena Reed obtained her Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education Studies. With her degree, she plans to enhance the awareness of the community by dissecting our understanding of a young child. As an early childhood educator, she is always examining how she will raise her student’s awareness and love for learning. As a determined student of life, Patreena exceeds any expectations with the utmost appreciation of excellence. As a mother, she believes in encouraging her child to make better choices while creating the best life.
Patreena is compassionate and humble, which allows her to be the ultimate team player. Her fantastic abilities of recollection and listening are phenomenal. Her nurturing nature, dedication, and perseverance for assisting her community is her life’s purpose, especially in dealing with our youth.
As a knowledgeable woman of color, she has a beautiful soul and a great spirit to match. Once she embraces you, you will feel her genuine love for people.