Opening Event October 13, 2019 • 1pm - 5pm
August Wilson African American Cultural Center
The Yung Mulatto Project supports efforts to increase mental health awareness and address the needs
of the Pittsburgh African American artist community, many of whom like Miles may struggle daily
with mental illness.
This event is proud to introduce The Blackout on Mental Health an ongoing conversation and event series
to provide resources and raise awareness of mental health issues for anyone seeking help or are interested,
specifically African American Pittsburgh artists.
LEAD Pittsburgh (Leading Education and Awareness for Depression), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,
is a unique community initiative advocating for the recognition and acceptance of depression as a treatable medical condition and for the need to eliminate barriers to treatment is the proud sponsor.
Information from this open forum will not be used for research data collection nor serve as clinical therapy, but will be a resource for awareness, outreach and networking support for the community. All information shared by participants will be in strict confidentiality as per Lead Pittsburgh policy.
The Yung Mulatto Project Mental Health Team
for over 25 years in the fields of finance, administration, and social services. Katina obtained her undergraduate education in human services at Geneva College. To further her focus on advocacy, strength based counseling,
and intensive group therapy, she attained continued education and training from 2014-2015 in trauma and abuse counseling at The Allender Center, Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. Her zeal to see restoration in the lives of people living in a cycle of overwhelming stress and trauma allows her to engage her work with fervor.
The Blackout on Mental Health Team Members
Sara Kyles-Royster, MA:
Sara Kyles-Royster, graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree
in Child and Family Relations with a minor in Psychology. During her undergraduate career, Sara gained
experience as a student teacher, a crisis interventionist, and a youth counselor. In 2015, Sara graduated from
Point Park University with a Master’s Degree in Clinical-Community Psychology. During her time in the program,
Sara became more skilled at building rapport, developing and implementing treatment plans, providing therapy,
and case consultations. After receiving her Master’s Degree, Sara began her career as a Therapist working with children, adolescents, and families. She is currently working as a therapist with adults in a partial hospitalization program, and also provide outpatient therapy to children and adolescents. Sara is on the Board of Directors
for LEAD Pittsburgh and in 2017, she received an award for her hard-work and dedication to her community,
and also her career in mental health. Sara is passionate about being more involved in the laws and policies
that govern mental health services, and would like to work toward ensuring that the best care is being provided
to those with mental health needs; this is why she is currently pursuing a doctorate in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Behavioral Health.
Jaquala Lowery, MSW, LSW
College Admissions Counselor:
Jaquala Lowery is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Pennsylvania. She graduated from the University
of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work, with a Direct Practice focus. Jaquala has gained experience as a Family Therapist implementing structural family therapy and crisis intervention. She has also gained experience linking children, adolescents, and adults to the appropriate mental health services
and supports to address their needs. Throughout Jaquala’s personal and professional experience, she has developed a passion to help students gain access to post-secondary education. Recently, Jaquala gained
a Professional Certificate in College Admissions Counseling, to help students aim towards higher education
and achieve their goals.
Evan Thompson, MSW
Evan Thompson a native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, has worked in the psychology/ human services field
going on 12 years. Mr. Thompson obtain a B.A. of Psychology from Mount Aloysius College and a Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. Much of his experience has been with child and family therapy. Recently his work has moved to treating adults with acute and chronic diagnoses ranging from mood disorders
to personality disorders and psychoses. Within the past two years, Mr. Thompson has provided treatment
for individuals transitioning from incarceration by providing Drug & Alcohol, Sex Offender, and Mental Health therapy. Mr. Thompson’s passions include remaining active through physical training, snowboarding
and refereeing football, basketball, and lacrosse. As a personal mission, Mr. Thompson is looking to help
the black community heal through mental health support, financial literacy, and vocational & entrepreneurial training.
The goal of The Blackout on Mental Health Group is to encourage individuals to be more open to recognize
and express what they are feeling inside, to let go of stigma associated with mental health, and to let go of fear
and take control.
Funding for The Yung Mulatto Project was provided by the Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh Program,
a partnership of The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.