Let’s check on and get to know the “resilient” black girls in our lives. They need help too! Learn about their hopes, dreams, concerns, and experiences. Give them tools to thrive and they will. Grateful to speak at Professor Ashley Douglas’s @ashleydouglas6 Urban Education class at @towsonuniversity on April 9th on Zoom about my dissertation research “Reimagining Resilience: Exploring Black Early Adolescent Girls' Experiences, Desires, and Needs While Growing Up In Baltimore City."

My doctoral research highlights how black early adolescent girls utilize resilience strategies, particularly, self-assertion, storytelling, creativity, play, and community building to cope with daily stressors. These are some of the same tools we can use today to cope with social isolation, fear, uncertainty, and limited access to key resources for survival. So many economically disadvantaged black communities are being hurt by Covid-19. Be a force of positive change however you can. Our youth need mentors, now more than ever. Check out my blog http://justbloom.io for more information and a snapshot of my work.

Professor Ashley Douglas is a Baltimore native and graduate of The Bryn Mawr School and the University of Maryland, College Park. She also earned a  Masters of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University. Currently, Ashley is a Baltimore City Schools model teacher who is currently in her ninth year of teaching. She taught Kindergarten for 6 years and is currently in her 3rd year of teaching first grade. Additionally,  Ashley is an adjunct professor at Towson University in the department of Elementary Education.