Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) Superintendent of Schools Maria V. Navarro, Ed.D., will be joining Ivy and Pearls of Southern Maryland Community Charities and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Nu Zeta Omega Chapter of Waldorf for a public policy forum on Saturday, Dec. 9. The forum’s topic is Giving Hope: Addressing the Crisis of Suicide Amongst Black Youth.
The event is open to the public and free with registration required for attendance. It will take place at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata campus in the Center for Business and Industry (BI) Building, Room 113 from 10 a.m. to noon. Check-in for the event is at 9:30 a.m., and Navarro will present on a panel about Parental Training: Youth Mental Health First Aid as part of her efforts to address mental health issues among Black youth and provide resources for parents.
The forum will feature mental health experts and healthcare professionals with facilitated breakout sessions for parents and youth in attendance. CCPS provides an academically challenging education to over 27,598 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with schools that offer technologically advanced, progressive, and high-quality education that builds character, equips students for leadership, and prepares them for life, careers, and higher education without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices as per its Use of Facilities rules that allow designated youth groups access to school facilities including but not limited to Boy Scouts providing nondiscriminatory equal access to school facilities in accordance with its Use of Facilities rules to designated youth groups (including but not limited to Boy Scouts).