In honor of Black History Month we at the Chicago Chapter of the National Organization of Women (CNOW) are working together to honor and support the work of Sista Afya. Sista Afya is a local community based organization that supports the mental wellness of millennial Black women in Chicago. Sista Afya has been in existence for a year and has already made a positive impact in the Chicago community through its mission to build community, share information, and connect black women to quality mental health services. Sista Afya provides mental wellness education, resource connection, community support, and mental wellness merchandise that is simple, accessible, and centers the experiences of Black women. Sista Afya works to address the service gaps that Black women in Chicago may experience within the healthcare system due to discrimination and/or lack of accessibility to quality mental health services.
Camesha Jones is the Founder of Sista Afya and is a millennial black woman who has overcame personal experiences with mental health recovery and through her lived experiences she has become a mental wellness advocate for Black women in Chicago. Jones is no stranger to working to uplift black women as she has received a Bachelors in Sociology from Spelman College a private women’s liberal arts college in Atlanta that centers the empowerment of Black Women and a graduate degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.
She has 7 years of experience serving the community in various systems that include and are not limited to: violence prevention, mental health, HIV/AIDS prevention, and program coordination of youth development programs. She’s worked and received training from organizations such as: National Council of Negro Women, Children’s Defense Fund, UCAN, Build Chicago, and Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program.
To support the work of Sista Afya please donate to the online fundraiser to support the work of black women’s mental wellness
More information about the organization can be found here: https://www.sistaafya.com/