Safe Healing Foundation, (SHF) launched its first major community event on July 10, 2004. It was entitled "Safe's Family Healing Symposium". This event honored 100 Elders of African descent. It included a Tuskegee Airman, a state senator, the first woman to receive her doctorate degree from Namibia, as well as many community and business individuals. The oldest person that led the processional was 95. It provided workshops and cultural activities for the entire family. An intergenerational panel discussion was led by Baltimore youth recording artist and actor Mario who presented in the 2005 Grammy's' and had the number one single for weeks in 2005. The event was hosted by Sojourner Douglas College and was attended by over 400 persons. The event received commendations from then Mayor Martin O'Malley, Baltimore City Council, The Senate of Maryland and the Maryland House of Delegates.
SHF formally became a certified Family Strengthening Agency by the Mayor's Office and Baltimore Rising in 2008. April 2006 SHF co-sponsored a parent event, entitled "Parent Summit: Preparing our Youth through Family, Education and Community". A wide array of pertinent family strengthening topics were presented by national and local experts. Several hundred persons attended. SHF has focused on supporting and providing education outreach for agencies, youth, families and the community.
Currently, SHF serves as the lead agency of the Entrepreneur Training University Community School. SHF coordinates and develops services, creates partnerships and provides after school programming on the Lake Clifton Campus. It serves two high schools Doris M. Johnson and Heritage. It brings vocational, entrepreneur and violence prevention training along with modeling, poetry, horticulture and a host of other components. Family services include: pre GED and GED, computer classes, family therapy and workshops. SHF has created the infrastructure and provided training in the Street Soldier Violence prevention model and has made presentations all over the United States.
The latest project of SHF is, "Going Green to Change the Scene" and Baltimore's HoopVillage". This effort involves engaging youth, parents and community members in a massive food growing project with hoop houses (portable greenhouses).
Nzinga Oneferua-El, D.M., MHS - Executive Director
Nzinga Oneferua-El, D.M., MHS an entrepreneur most of her life, began her work with youth following the murder of her fiancee in 1992. She believes that it is her spiritual calling to help redirect troubled youth by giving them guidance, nurturing, teaching them entrepreneurship and exposing them to their illustrious culture. Mama Nzinga as she is affectionately referred to by youth became an ordained Divine Minister in 1981. She received those most important credentials from the Moorish Science Temple School of Law and History.
Ms. Oneferua-El created a unique process called "Survival Entrepreneurism" which teaches youth business by using practical approaches and hands on experiences. She is president and co-founder of the SAFE Organization which is comprised of a public and private partnership between Student Achievers Future Entrepreneurs, Inc. (SAFE, Inc.) and Safe Healing Foundation, Inc. SAFE, Inc. incorporated in theMaryland in 1993 and has provided excellent innovative programs and residential services to over 5000 youth. The agency established Safe Healing House, a fifteen bed residential program, in 1997 for males ages 15-21 licensed by the Department of Human Resources.
Nzinga Oneferua-El received her master's degree from Lincoln University and is a proud member of the Lincoln University graduate chapter of the International Honor Society of Social Sciences, Pi Gamma Mu, inducted in 2004. Ms. Oneferua-El conducted a study on "The Increase of Youth Violence in Baltimore City" whose findings drove the creation of the ETU. She will receive her doctorate in Human Services from Capella University in 2010. In 2008, Ms. Oneferua-El received the woman of the year, "Woman Making a Difference Award" from Baltimore CountyWoman's Commission. Also in 2008, the work of Ms. Oneferua-El was featured in the Baltimore Sun,The Examiner and Exhibit A newspapers along with being listed as a resource for violence prevention in Baltimore from Essence Magazine. To assist in raising the awareness of youth violence being a disease, Ms. Oneferua-El has made formal presentations and provided training nationally, including the National Coalition for Community Schools Conference in Portland, Oregon.With over 1000 in attendance, there were over 200 persons that were from other countries around the globe.
Noreen J. Smith - Community School Site Coordinator
Having a heartfelt passion to serve youth and families, has led Noreen to over twelve years of experience in the field of human services. Youth and adult program facilitation has been her area of specialty and expertise. Currently as the Entrepreneur Training University (ETU) Community School Site Coordinator Noreen manages and develops innovative programs and partnerships that create viable community and parental engagement.
Nadira Jenkins-El - After School Site Coordinator
As a proud Lake Clifton Alumni, Nadira's path has led her to a variety of human service careers and locales. Upon returning to Baltimore, Nadira was hired by Safe Healing Foundation, Inc., as the Entrepreneur Training University (ETU) After School Site Coordinator. She utilizes her over nine years experience designing, implementing, and managing multifaceted and academic enrichment programs.
Naima Jenkins-El - Horticulture Site Coordinator
Naima is an entrepreneur, certified master gardener, and horticulture educator specializing in working with underserved youth. She believes it is important to connect youth with nature early in life. Her mission is to teach youth to become ecologically responsible while working to create a better world. Since the inception of the Entrepreneur Training University (ETU), Naima has designed and implemented horticulture programs and projects engaging youth and the community. Currently, Naima is the Lead Horticulture Educator and Baltimore's HoopVillage Operations Manager.
Baltimore City Community College
Baltimore City School Police
Civic Works - Real Food Farm
Family Therapy Services
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Mountain Manor, The Discovery Center
New Lens Media
Smile Maryland, The Mobile Dentists
The Creative Development Group
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
University of Maryland Extension