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Effective Black Parenting Cohort 4: July 11 – August 31 on Zoom (SBV)

Cohort number four! Calling all parents, mentors, teachers, and youth workers who wish to improve their parenting and mentoring of youth, especially Black and Brown Youth, and those who may know people who qualify – FREE of cost

Weaving together villages of care to nourish our children

Through the use of African and biblical proverbs, exploration of the pyramid to success, principles of healthy communication and discipline, and emphasis on positive praise and incentives, Strengthening the Black Village (SBV) trains parents, mentors, teachers, and other child caretakers in Effective Black Parenting.

Those certified through this program are equipped to be reunified with children who may have been removed from the home, retain custody of children already in the home, and even those planning for children in the future. So the organization pays special attention to those seeking reunification with their children and have been court-mandated to take parenting courses; SBV welcomes all and customizes the course to the spiritual, cultural, social, and emotional needs of their students.

The organization also trains teachers/facilitators and groups/teams/congregations who wish to join them in offering this course.

The course will take place on Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 11 through August 31 (7 PM – 9 PM PDT). This allows SBV to teach parents from all over the nation, and all are welcome to apply, though space is limited.

Certificates are awarded to all those who complete the course, and periodic gift cards are issued to students as signs of hospitality so that families can have meals together.

Please register by scanning the QR code on the flyer or clicking HERE by July 5, 2023.

Thank you for supporting our 501(c)(3) nonprofit based at Saint Mark United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, CA. For questions, contact Rev. Clark at or 323.804.8469; to donate, click HERE.


Strengthening the Black Village (SBV) is Rev. Christy Ann Clark’s appointment beyond the local church. It is a faith-based nonprofit organization she founded in 2021. The organization trains parents in faithful, culturally rich, and loving parenting team methods. SBV partners with Saint Mark UMC, Los Angeles, and St. John’s UMC, Watts, with ties to other United Methodist churches around the Cal-Pac Conference. SBV also trains instructors and teams of instructors from within and outside of the UMC.

SBV offers Effective Black Parenting to those court-mandated to take parenting courses, and to others seeking parenting instruction and nurture in order to become more faithful, loving, and healthy parent/caregivers. Each cohort is customized to meet the unique needs of the students enrolled.