Dangers Of The Mind Presents Black SEL Matters First Virtual Summit: State Of Emergency On America’s Youth, September 28-30

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Virtual Summit Highlighting and Elevating Educators and Voices Of African American People In The Social-Emotional Field


United States, Monday, September 30,  2021– Dangers of the Mind will present its 2021 Black SEL Matters Summit: State of Emergency on America’s Youth, virtually from Tuesday, September 28th – Thursday, September 30th from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m EST each day, expanding the national reach of this anticipated summit and introducing a memorable interactive experience that will empower attendees for years to come.

The three-day virtual summit is designed to gather Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Mental Health Specialist, Students, Educators, Influencers, and Community Leaders. The main focus is to create a healthy dialog around policy, critical race theory, and ways to expose social-emotional learning to surrounding communities and its key stakeholders.

“It’s critical for people to attend this summit because our youth are in a space where they need to be heard, seen, and understood during these challenging times,” said Dangers of the Mind Founder and Event Host, Kristen Hopkins. “Social-Emotional Learning establishes a social-emotional safe space in schools, homes and our communities.”

This event will consist of five powerhouse panel sessions covering a variety of topics, including five 30-minute sessions; the Black Mental Health Panel, Superintendent Panel, Community Panel, Athletes Panel, and a College Panel, inclusive of several diverse speakers from various industries including mental health professionals, education, sports and entertainment, and community involvement. Each panel discussion will touch on practical ways to incorporate social-emotional learning in your school, work, home, or community.

Setting the tone for the entire summit starting on Tuesday, September 28th, is Keynote Speaker Dr. James Comer, one of the world’s leading child psychiatrists and a legend in the Social-Emotional Learning space. Dr. Comer’s address will state the importance of working collectively to build a system of strong black leaders and ways to expose and sustain SEL in black communities.

Attendees will walk away with tools to be ReSELient™, overcoming obstacles with Social-Emotional Learning skills. They will learn from each panel key ways to activate a growth mindset and understand how intentionally practicing social-emotional learning will transform communities. In addition to examining the current SEL landscape, the summit will also feature special recognition of community leaders daily highlighting six awardees to receive the Black SEL Award. The Black SEL Awards Gala is set to take place sometime in 2022 where attendees will receive their awards.

Proceeds generated from tickets sales will help build the capacity for the Dangers of the Minds Education Fund. Key sponsors of this year’s summit include Dangers Of The Mind, Extol Ministries, The Urban Assembly, the Dream It. Own it. Master it. Foundation, the Juvenile Justice Institute, and the National Alternative Education Association.

Registration is currently open. To register for the virtual summit click here. For additional information about Dangers of the Mind and the Black SEL Matters Summit visit DangersoftheMind.com, or follow the conversation on @Dangersofthemind and @BlackSELMatters social platforms.

For press inquiries email Katrina Highsmith at katrina@thehighsmithgroup.com, or call 678.373.9279.



Dangers Of The Mind is an educational movement empowering the next generation of leaders by helping people overcome negative thought patterns and mental breakdowns.

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