Communities

Summer of Healing

We’re partnering with leaders across 12 cities and many industries to create change. Starting with grants to some of the most innovative leaders in each location, we’re funding new programs, camps, events with local law enforcement and the community, and more to help bring people together throughout the summer. Our goal is to help grow the appetite for change by bringing tools, investment, and resources to the leaders already putting in the work and help amplify their organizations and events to the city and the country for support.

Learn more about what we’re doing in:

Atlanta, GABaltimore, MDBoston, MAColumbia, SCChicago, ILCincinnati, OHDallas, TXFresno, CAHouston, TXIndianapolis, INJackson, MSLas Vegas, NVMinneapolis, MNNewark, NJPittsburgh, PAVallejo, CATempe, AZWashington, DC

Juneteenth

Heal America is proud to sponsor the Juneteenth Unityfest for the past two years and other Juneteenth celebrations across the country. This year we’ve grown our investment to include events in Brooklyn, Dallas, and Tulsa. We believe that these local events are essential part of honoring how Juneteenth has always been celebrated – with neighbors coming together to honor the legacies of the families who had been fighting in the 1860s. And we aren’t ones to turn down red velvet cake either.

In this video, learn from the Rev. Dr. Buster Soaries, the co-chair of Heal America, about the real history of Juneteenth and how everyone has a role to play in a brighter future and the pursuit of equal justice. 

    Getty Project

    Heal America cares about the stories of how we got here and where we’re going and there’s no better way to preserve and share that than photos from the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that have been staples of Black American culture for generations.

    Getty Images and Stand Together have partnered to create the “Historically Black Colleges & Universities Collection” and add thousands of photos to the Getty platform in 2022. Each HBCU will retain all copyright for their photographs and all revenue generated from the images will be funneled back into impact programs: 50 percent will go to grant recipients; 30 percent of revenue will be used for a financial donation to scholarship funds focused on furthering the education of students at HBCUs; and 20 percent will be reinvested to fund the Getty Images Photo Archive Grants for HBCUs each year.

      Tour

      The Heal America Tour is a series of tough conversations between people from different backgrounds who share a common goal: to be relentless in their pursuit of solutions to racial injustice.

      Founded in 2018 by Urban Specialists, Stand Together Foundation has helped the tour grow from a series of local conversations into headline-driving events featuring NFL stars like Deion Sanders, titans of industry like Mark Cuban, artistic luminaries like Mack Maine, and the families of innocent people killed by police officers and the families of innocent police officers killed in senseless retaliation.

      The discussions are hard, revealing, and ultimately redeeming. No matter who you are or where you come from, you’re welcome at the Heal America Tour. Every event assembles people who are fighting racial injustice with the only weapons that can win: love and redemption.

      Is that you? Join us.

        Community Partners

        Atlanta, GA
        • Summer Safe, Inc. 
          Summer Safe, Inc.’s team is creating new alliances between community members and their organization. They will host a celebrity basketball game and field-day activities, including literacy seminars, health and nutrition classes, free food, haircuts and giveaways.
        • Shoot Film Not Guns
          Through a series of summer workshops, the Shoot Film Not Guns team plans to bridge divides between law enforcement and Atlanta, Georgia, community members. The workshops will introduce students to the art of filmmaking and acting. At the end of the summer, the students will create a short film and present it to key community stakeholders. The program aims to introduce teens in Atlanta to positive outlets to reduce violence and build bridges between law enforcement and the city’s youth.
        • Be the Bridge
          Representatives from Be the Bridge are creating new alliances to reduce neighborhood violence. Throughout the summer, their team will train staff and teachers at Peace Preparatory Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, on how to understand some of the challenges students may be going through and provide them with tools to address them.
        • Brothers United ATL 
          At Brothers United ATL, their team is hosting monthly meetings designed to uplift young men and reduce incidents of violence in Atlanta, Georgia. During the sessions, they will discuss holistic wellness, financial literacy, social responsibility, workforce development and entrepreneurship.
        • DreamHouse Make a Difference Foundation
          DreamHouse Make a Difference Foundation is hosting an event to bridge divides between law enforcement and the community. The event will feature a panel of male leaders from all walks of life and provides a group bonding activity to keep the young men engaged. The event will kick off the foundation’s annual teen development program. Teens in Atlanta, Georgia, are mentored and exposed to education that will help prepare them for success in their personal and professional life.
        • The American Youth Arts Society, Inc.
          At the Atlanta Youth Arts Society, Inc., their team is forging new alliancesbetween community organizations that significantly reduce incidents of neighborhood violence. Through the Shoot Film Not Guns Youth Initiative, students will experience workshops, panel discussions, and hands-on film experience throughout the summer. After the twelve-week program, attendees will create anti-bullying and anti-violence public service announcements (PSA) and a short film. Once completed, the PSAs and short films will be screened by city and school officials as well as the general public and submitted to film festivals around the country.
        • The Confess Project 
          At The Confess Project (TCP), their team is creating activities to bridge the divide between law enforcement and the community. They will kick off their summer activities with an event in Atlanta, Georgia, that will bring together TCP staff, the Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Violence Reduction, mental health leaders, barbers, community leaders, members of the Atlanta Police Department, and community members impacted by violence. Afterward, every two weeks until Labor Day, the TCP staff will schedule a Barbershop Town Hall in Black communities throughout Fulton County and the Atlanta metro. Each Townhall will include 20-30 participants, highlighting healing conversations between community members and police focused on gun violence. Each event will also include training for both barbers and police officers in trauma-informed practices to serve as mental health advocates in the community. By training barbers to serve their clients in this way, the impact of their training can help hundreds of people each month.
        Baltimore, MD
        • New Vision Youth Services 
          At New Vision Youth Services, their team is creating new alliances and expanding existing collaborations between various stakeholders in Baltimore, Maryland, to reduce neighborhood violence incidents. This summer, their team will co-host four events called Days of Hope with the team from the We Our Us Movement. The events will take place in four high-risk neighborhoods. Attendees will have access to food distribution, school resources, mental health and substance abuse assistance, trauma services, job training opportunities, mindfulness activities, and games for children, teens, and adults. Following the summer events, both teams will follow up with attendees to see if connections were made and if there were any barriers to them accessing resources.
        • Roca Inc
          Representatives at Roca Inc. are creating activities that bridge divides between law enforcement and the community. The Roca Rewire 4 Team will organize and host 11 training sessions with police departments in Boston, Massachusetts, and Baltimore, Maryland. Each training will have police and community members present. The training is an eight-hour in-person session with a texting follow-up to provide reminders, practice activities, and reinforcement to the training. The highly interactive training took place with three police agencies in Massachusetts in June. Additional training sessions in Maryland, New York, and Connecticut are in the works.
        Boston, MA
        • BMA TenPoint, Inc. 
          Representatives from the BMA TenPoint in Boston, Massachusetts, are building bridges between law enforcement and the city’s youth by hosting summer workshops. In addition to focusing on the students’ physical and mental health, their team is teaching them workforce development skills. They are also conducting research to identify inequities the teens deal with regularly. The research will guide discussions between the Boston Police Department and the community to create game-based interventions.
        • Roca Inc
          Representatives at Roca Inc. are creating activities that bridge divides between law enforcement and the community. The Roca Rewire 4 Team will organize and host 11 training sessions with police departments in Boston, Massachusetts, and Baltimore, Maryland. Each training will have police and community members present. The training is an eight-hour in-person session with a texting follow-up to provide reminders, practice activities, and reinforcement to the training. The highly interactive training took place with three police agencies in Massachusetts in June. Additional training sessions in Maryland, New York, and Connecticut are in the works.
        Columbia, SC
        • Serve and Connect
          At Serve and Connect, their team is creating activities to bridge divides between law enforcement and the community. This summer, they will have a Summer of Healing event in eight cities across South Carolina. These events will be co-designed in partnership with at least one police partner and three community partners per city. The events will be tailored to meet community needs and may include community block parties, midnight basketball, community cookouts, and more. They will also have food, music, games, and opportunities for the police and the community to connect. The goal is to build bridges among partners across cities to create a culture of collaboration across South Carolina. During these calls, everyone will discuss their progress, celebrate success stories, and support one another in overcoming obstacles and lessons learned.
        Chicago, IL
        • HEROES Network 
          Representatives from the HEROES Network are working with community leaders throughout Chicago, Illinois, and Jackson, Mississippi, to create mutually beneficial solutions for peace and hope. Throughout the summer, the leaders of the HEROES Network will organize Safe Summer Town Halls, Lunchroom Takeovas©, Community Takeovas©, and Block Party Takeovas© to engage, celebrate and motivate youth to succeed. To close out the summer, the HEROES Network will host a School Mix Pop Up Community Center, where students can have fun learning new skills, such as robotics or music production.
        • Beyond the Ball, Inc. 
          Beyond the Ball is hosting a series of summer camps designed to expose student athletes and enthusiasts to the science, innovation, and careers behind the sports they love. Throughout the summer, the Beyond the Ball team takes time to discuss the impacts of violence, solutions for peace, and their hopes for the world. By taking the time to do this with students in Dallas, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois, the Beyond the Ball team hopes to reduce incidents of neighborhood violence in those communities.
        • Justice Journey Alliance, Leadership Foundation of Chicago
          Representatives from the Justice Journey Alliance are building bridges between law enforcement and the community. They will hold events called Brunch and Conversation with the CPD (Chicago Police Department) throughout the summer. During the events, local students from high-risk areas and their parents will enjoy a meal and panel discussions between police officers, a facilitator and local families.
        • LivingUNDIVIDED
          Representatives from LivingUNDIVIDED are creating activities that bridge divides between law enforcement and the community. They will launch five summer experiences that bring together law enforcement and community members. In addition, participants will work with key partners to address gun violence and create positive, sustainable change in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Chicago, Illinois.
        Cincinnati, OH
        • Cincinnati Works
          At Cincinnati Works in Ohio, their team is hosting the Phoenix Safe Summer Series to bridge divides between law enforcement and the community. Their event line-up includes the Ride for Peace, Safe Summer Kick-Off, Gospel Fest and Midnight Cookouts. During each event, community members interact with local officers, and they’re provided with tools and resources to create a safe and thriving community. In addition, the Cincinnati Works team resolves conflicts at violent hots spots and helps people become gainfully employed.
        • LivingUNDIVIDED
          Representatives from LivingUNDIVIDED are creating activities that bridge divides between law enforcement and the community. They will launch five summer experiences that bring together law enforcement and community members. In addition, participants will work with key partners to address gun violence and create positive, sustainable change in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Chicago, Illinois.
        Dallas, TX
        • The Wolfpack Riding Club
          Members of the Wolfpack Riding Club are working to bridge divides between law enforcement and the community. They will host safety meetings and riding events that bring together riding club members, law enforcement, and the North Texas community.
        • Dallas CRED
          The Dallas CRED team is creating new alliances between community organizations that significantly reduce incidents of neighborhood violence.
        • Beyond Visionary, Inc. 
          By forming new alliances with community organizations in Dallas, the Beyond Visionary team seeks to reduce violence in North Texas neighborhoods. Over the summer, their team will host a series of forums to create a centralized approach to connecting with vulnerable and formerly incarcerated youth. Afterward, the Beyond Visionary team plans to launch a Beyond Access Lunch and Learn program in September. The first cohort of 30 students will learn college-readiness skills, financial literacy tools, and mental health resources.
        • A.C.T.I.O.N. Network 
          The A.C.T.I.O.N. Network hosts a series of events to bridge divides between law enforcement and the community. Each year, their team offers the following:

           

          • network block parties that bring together community members and Dallas Police Officers to discuss critical issues and solutions
          • a basketball league and football camp, where students can enjoy playing sports while also learning how to resolve conflict
          • monthly networking meetings that open the door for dialogue between members of the Dallas Police Department and leaders in business, faith, and athletic organizations.

          During the events, members of the Dallas Police Department and the A.C.T.I.O.N. Network work with community members together.

        • Beyond the Ball, Inc. 
          Beyond the Ball is hosting a series of summer camps designed to expose student athletes and enthusiasts to the science, innovation, and careers behind the sports they love. Throughout the summer, the Beyond the Ball team takes time to discuss the impacts of violence, solutions for peace, and their hopes for the world. By taking the time to do this with students in Dallas, Texas, and Chicago, Illinois, the Beyond the Ball team hopes to reduce incidents of neighborhood violence in those communities.
        • Chance 490 Foundation
          The Chance 490 Foundation is hosting a series of summer events to create new alliances with community organizations to reduce neighborhood violence. The summer events will kick off with the XFACTOR Identity Crisis: Let’s Just Talk event featuring True Lee Baptist Church members. Additional events will include representatives from Mountain View Prison Unit, Viola’s House, TXF Prison Ministry, National Conference on Building Sustainable Black Families and Communities, Lane Murray Prison Unit, and Hilltop Prison Unit.
        • Dallas Leadership Foundation
          Representatives from the Dallas Leadership Foundation are working with community organizations and the Dallas Police Department to reduce incidents of neighborhood violence. They kicked off their Summer of Healing activities with a community workday called Transform Dallas on Saturday, June 18. Volunteers and residents from North Texas partnered with various organizations to bring much needed improvements to local neighborhoods. The goal of the community workday was to bridge the social, economic, and racial divides within Dallas. Transform Dallas also kicked off a year-long program that empowers local leaders and members of the Dallas Police Department to work together to solve community issues.
        • Dallas Violence Interrupters Partnership at Communities Foundation of Texas
          The Communities Foundation of Texas team is committed to building thriving communities for all. Their Dallas Violence Interrupters Partnership is creating a series of activities designed to bridge the divide between law enforcement and the community. They include the following:

           

          • marches with community members and law enforcement to demonstrate unity
          • community conversations between members of law enforcement and residents
          • focused deterrence programs where members of the community work with law enforcement to identify individuals in the community who may have committed crimes in the past but are open to receiving employment, education, mental health, housing and family services.
        • Let the Beat Build Foundation
          Representatives at the Let the Beat Build Foundation are creating activities that bridge divides between law enforcement and the community. This summer, they will have a weekly BUILD IT program, which stands for Bridging Unique Ideas to Light and Drive Intentional Thinking. A team of experts will provide the teens with mental health and personal development tools while blending innovative music technology for a therapeutic experience to improve their mental well-being.
        • Nancy Lieberman Charities
          At Nancy Lieberman Charities, their team is creating activities that bridge the divide between law enforcement and the community. This summer, they will have weekly program activities that include, but are not limited to, Pizza in the Park, Olympics Day, Boot Camp, Coffee with a Cop, Mini Basketball Tournaments, Craft Days, Badges and Books, and Operation Recess. All of these programs will involve partner site staff, community youth, and the Dallas Police Department.
        Fresno, CA
        • Fresno Housing
          The Fresno Housing team is striving to create mutually beneficial pathways towards peace and safer communities in Fresno by working with law enforcement and community leaders. Their Community Safety Initiative will roll out in three phases. First, a needs assessment and safety survey will be given to Fresno residents. During phase two in August, the Fresno Housing team will analyze the data and compile a report. Phase three, which will launch on August 25, will be a collaborative community effort between law enforcement and community leaders to develop and implement a community plan of action that will reduce violence and create strong and safe communities in Fresno, California.
        • Fresno Street Saints
          Representatives from the Fresno Street Saints are working with the Fresno Police Department, community members, and students to bridge divides. This summer, they are coming together to plan, rehearse and record a video. Filming will be conducted in the community, utilizing key landmarks to enhance the videos. At the end of the summer program, the students will showcase their work at an event open to community members.
        Houston, TX
        • Attack Poverty
          The Attack Poverty team is forging new alliances with community members and local organizations in Houston, Texas, to reduce incidents of neighborhood violence. During the summer, they will host a series of Mission Week events to help build relationships between residents, volunteers, and community leaders in North Richmond.
        • Houston Responds
          The team at Houston Responds is creating activities that bridge divides between law enforcement and the community. Pastors and police in Houston, Texas, are working together to host the following events:

           

          • Pastor to Police Open Dialog Meetings
          • Pastors talking with police officers during church services or at youth ministry events
          • Conversations hosted by local churches inviting the community to attend
          • “Love Our Police” events where local pastors  bless the police

          Each Pastor & Police Work Group puts together multiple events. Their goal is to form lasting bonds that address the critical needs of their community.

        Indianapolis, IN

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        Jackson, MS
        • New Jerusalem Church
          Members of New Jerusalem Church are banding together to reduce neighborhood violence through peaceful and uplifting initiatives. To kick off their efforts, they held a Juneteenth celebration in Jackson, Mississippi, on July 19. The second event took place from July 1 – 4. The theme was INDEPENDENT (intelligent, naturally, determined, enterprising, people, engaged, nonstop, dedicated, entrepreneurial, tycoons). A BBQ Cook-off with local community members and police officers also took place. Additionally, from August 26-28, members of New Jerusalem Church will host a Back-to-School bash for local students.
        • HEROES Network 
          Representatives from the HEROES Network are working with community leaders throughout Chicago, Illinois, and Jackson, Mississippi, to create mutually beneficial solutions for peace and hope. Throughout the summer, the leaders of the HEROES Network will organize Safe Summer Town Halls, Lunchroom Takeovas©, Community Takeovas©, and Block Party Takeovas© to engage, celebrate and motivate youth to succeed. To close out the summer, the HEROES Network will host a School Mix Pop Up Community Center, where students can have fun learning new skills, such as robotics or music production.
        Las Vegas, NV
        • HOPE for Prisoners, Inc
          At HOPE for Prisoners, Inc., in Las Vegas, Nevada, they are creating activities that bridge divides between law enforcement and the community. Their team is planning an events with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada Department of Corrections, and Nevada Parole and Probation. There will be family-fun activities, food, and motivational messages. The goal is to provide an opportunity for the community to come together and embrace each other.
        Minneapolis, MN
        • Urban Youth Conservation
          Representatives from the Urban Youth Conservation are creating new alliances between their organization and the community to reduce incidents of neighborhood violence.
        • Hawa’s Wings Inc
          The Hawa’s Wings, Inc., team is creating activities that bridge divides between law enforcement and the community. Throughout the summer, they will hold a weekly event where youth and officers from the Minneapolis Police Department will engage in an activity intended to form bonds and build relationships. Intentional discussions and team-building activities will follow each event to enrich the program’s purpose futher.
        • Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation
          The Urban Ventures Leadership Foundation is creating activities that bridge divides between law enforcement and the community. To foster lasting change, they will hold a series of events this summer, including a musical, flag football tournament, basketball tournament, and discussion forums on various social justice issues.
        Newark, NJ
        • International Youth Organization
          At the International Youth Organization (IYO) in Newark, New Jersey, their team is creating new alliances between community organizations that significantly reduce incidents of neighborhood violence. The IYO’s Safe Summer of Healing is a collaborative effort to bring together public safety officials, retired police officers, trauma response specialists, health and wellness specialists, social justice advocates, undergraduate criminal justice majors, and law school students. They will partner to host several engaging, informative and interactive workshops on healing, healthy living, and civic engagement. IYO’s Safe Summer of Healing project will consist of 4-6 workshops throughout July and August, and an end-of-summer cookout will take place on September 1, 2022, in the James Wallace playground of West Side Park named after IYO’s founder.
        • The HUBB Arts and Trauma Center
          The HUBB Arts and Trauma Center team is creating new alliances between community organizations that significantly reduce incidents of neighborhood violence. During the summer, their team will collaborate with partners to develop safe-summer spaces full of healing programs, services, and events to combat violence and breathe new life into communities plagued with it. Their events will include:

           

          • Healing Circles designed to empower incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people to heal and serve both themselves and others
          • A non-judgmental forum called My Thoughts Out Loud for the youth to express themselves about the issues and concerns that they want to address
          • Art Therapy Musical Projects that promote healing messages and will have an artist perform at each of the events and the finale concert.
        Pittsburgh, PA
        • The Hear Foundation
          The leaders of the Hear Foundation are working with key stakeholders in the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police to create mutually beneficial solutions for peace. The CEO of the Hear Foundation and Summer of Healing Ambassador, Leon Ford, is creating three summer youth camps focused on the holistic care of children, academic achievement, mental health, self-empowerment, and community service. In June, Ford and Pittsburgh Police Chief Scott Schubert co-founded the Hear Foundation, the only Pittsburgh nonprofit dedicated exclusively to collaborating with community leaders, Pittsburgh Police, and city residents to create a safe, thriving community for all.
        • Greater Valley Community Services Inc
          At Greater Valley Community Services (GVCS), their team is committed to creating new alliances between community organizations that reduce incidents of neighborhood violence. To achieve their goal, they will hold a series of events, including, but not limited to the following:

           

          • Weekly personal growth and development sessions
          • Stop the Violence basketball tournaments
          • Greater Valley Coalition Against Violence monthly meetings
          • Community cookout with Pittsburgh homicide detectives
          • Quarterly bowling nights for families who lost loved ones to gun violence.

          GVCS is a non-profit organization that serves the Braddock, North Braddock, Mon Valley, Allegheny, and Westmoreland communities in Pennsylvania.

        • The Elsinore Bennu Think Tank for Restorative Justice at Duquesne University
          Representatives at the Elsinore Bennu Think Tank for Restorative Justice at Duquesne University are creating activities that bridge divides between law enforcement and the community. From July 1 through September 5, they will be hosting Police Training Inside-Out courses with members of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, incarcerated men, and formerly incarcerated citizens. The seminars will be weekly meetings, where police officers and an equal number of currently or formerly incarcerated citizens attend class together. This innovative experiential learning opportunity will provide an opportunity to bridge divides and promote peace.
        Vallejo, CA
        • Advance Peace
          Representatives from Advance Peace are creating new alliances between community members and local organizations in Vallejo, California, to reduce incidents of neighborhood violence. The Advance Peace team will shed light on ways community leaders can reduce gun violence through publications, testimonials, and media engagement.
        Tempe, AZ
        • Telos 
          The Telos team in Tempe, Arizona, is bridging divides between law enforcement and the community.
        Washington, DC
        • Gracism Global
          At Gracism Global, they are creating activities that bridge the divide between law enforcement and the community. Over the summer, they will invite representatives from organizations participating in the Summer of Healing movement to be interviewed live on their call-in talk show. The hosts will craft the featured topic of the day around the community leaders’ work. Afterward, their team will produce video clips from each interview.