ReCAST/B-CIITY stands for Resiliency in Communities after Stress and Trauma/ Baltimore City Intergenerational Initiative for Trauma and Youth. The purpose of the ReCAST/B-CIITY West Baltimore Project is to reduce the impact of trauma and build resilience in several Central West Baltimore communities to 1) implement high-quality, trauma-informed, community-based services in a range of sectors including workforce, education, health, faith-based, and social services to promote connectedness and resilience in youth; 2) increase community cohesion by engaging family members and supportive adults. Black Mental Health Alliance provides Emotional Emancipation Circle (EEC) workshops and training in the ReCAST/B-CIITY communities. EE Circle workshops and training are “within-group” gatherings designed to equip members of the Black community with fresh, powerful, and culturally relevant ways to create new and exciting culturally appropriate initiatives aimed at intra-racial healing to help promote personal and community resilience, healing, and transformation in the ReCAST/B-CIITY communities.




  • Facilitate community engagement and outreach to inform about the benefit and schedules of EECs.
  • With initial screening and assessment, refer 100% of the EEC participants that request a referral to a behavioral health clinician.
  • Facilitate a monthly study group for EEC facilitators as a means to incorporate material and information in guiding their respective EECs.
  • Host at least three national thought leader on historical trauma to share his or her research with the goal of enhancing the information shared by EEC facilitators and participants in the traditional EEC setting.
  • Create a centrally located resource center where supplemental materials may be available on loan to facilitators, such as books and signage.
  • Provide logistical support, snacks and marketing expertise to improve and sustain EEC viability with the ultimate goal of regular and growing participation.
  • Facilitate, on an as-needed basis, contact with the Community Healing Network to ensure facilitator access to the EEC portal.
  • Engage EEC subject matter experts at the national and local levels who may serve as resources to maintain the integrity of the model and serve as participants/consultants in the monthly study groups and other informal and formal training of new and existing EEC facilitators.
  • Sign Memorandum of Understanding with BMHA Consultants.
  • Work with the Community Healing Network and University of Maryland evaluators to create an evaluation tool that shows a change in knowledge based on participation in an EEC.