MALENE BRISSETT

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As a Black Women, wife and mother of 3 Black sons, the need to find a space where I am able to connect with my own goals, feed my thoughts and nourish my body has always been in an action that outsources to multiple facilities. I have constantly been in search of connection with other Black Women who similarly had the same stories but shared the desire to be even more. I wasn’t successful in finding that space, so I decided to create the space where Black Women could unwind, level-up in capabilities by exploring new activities, and connect to others who would share their experiences and wisdom. After the birth of my third son, I wanted to make sure that I grew outside the titles that I sat comfortable in and expanded into others that forced me to be risk taking and encouraged my growth. I birthed WATE, whose acronym stands for Women’s Access to Empowerment because: 

  • Black Women already have less adequate social support than their White counterparts

  • Black women tend to thrive when they are supported by friends or families, and when they are able to connect with their culture. 

  • There is a necessity for culturally responsive outreach and intervention for the mental health of Black Women. 


This is an organization that is the home to proactive initiatives that invest into our wellness and the self love of ourselves. 

 

"When I dare to be powerful - to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid." -Audre Lorde