African American Child Wellness Institute (AACWI) is a nonprofit organization established in 2009 by Dr. BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya as a 501 c 3 and Rule 29 mental health agency.
The mission of AACWI is to promote the psychological and spiritual liberation of children of African Descent and their families by providing culturally specific mental health services and by developing access to culture-based, holistic wellness resources, research and practices.
We specialize in providing services that address trauma and exposure to violence using evidence-based strategies within the context of an African-Centered Wellness Model.
Dr. BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya
Protecting the mental health of our children is our top priority.
Promote the psychological and spiritual liberation of children of African Descent and their families
Culturally-specific mental health services
What we do
While we will be conducting outreach and direct public education support to venues primarily located in North and South Minneapolis, anyone who lives in Hennepin County will have access to these publicly-shared programs because of the use of broadcasting and media support. For example, with our podcasts and radio public service announcements based on past history, our aim is to reach 200,000 (two hundred thousand) people per month. With our brochures/pamphlets, flyers, and newspaper advertisements, we will reach about 105,000 (one hundred and five thousand) people per week.