The POEM Program at Jubilee Farm will engage 20 undergraduate Black and multi-racial students in a holistic healing program to enhance their mental wellbeing and resilience, equip them as accredited peer support specialists and positively influence their leadership ability. The project will run over the course of 10 months and target undergraduates in central North Carolina (Durham, Orange, Alamance and Wake counties). POEM addresses the urgent need for culturally meaningful mental health support for Black students on college campuses by training young changemakers as certified peer support specialists, combined with holistic healing methods (mindfulness, Earth Care, yoga, restorative justice practice) to promote long-term transformation. Our unique program combines clinical practice, Indigenous ways of healing and transformative pedagogy to equip Black students with tools for caring for themselves, their peers and healing the Earth. In 10 months we will enhance student resilience, have 20 trained POEM changemakers and inspire community healing.

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Jubilee Healing Farm is a 10-acre, BIPOC-led, non-profit farm whose mission is to foster mental health through a land-based approach, dedicated to cultivating an intergenerational movement that nurtures human well-being and flourishing. To this end, Jubilee is creating a space that calls to the ancestral imagination and hosts a variety of trainings, gatherings and celebrations for humans of all ages. We are co-located with a clinical program that focuses on mental health care that is farm-based and holistic.