Addressing equity is paramount to establishing a children's mental health system of care that meets the needs of all youth and their families. Project SUN is undertaking an initiative to understand our different experiences and promote action towards equity and access to children's mental health services in Kankakee County. Project SUN strives to take into account different languages, cultures, races, genders, and economic situations, as well as different needs in the urban, rural, and suburban areas of the county.
Gender Equity and Sexual Orientation Discrimination An important step is to conduct a survey of Kankakee County residents about experiences with gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination, as well as gather other information to help guide future actions to promote greater equity.
In the fall of 2022, Project SUN is planning to host informational sessions to bring awareness to the issues experienced by youth in the LGBTQ+ Community. These sessions will seek to recognize challenges and learn how to amplify voices in the promotion of equity for the LGBTQ+ youth community
Racial Equity Assessment The first step was to conduct a survey of Kankakee County residents about experiences with racial discrimination, as well as gather other information to help guide future actions to promote racial healing. Racial inequalities and disparities have been well documented. For key facts and figures, click here. Visit our Cultural Competency Resources page for additional information.
My Piece in the Puzzle
Join us for an introductory program to create shared language, knowledge, and experiences related to systemic racism through the lens of three affinity groups: Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, and White/Caucasian.
My Piece in the Puzzle program consists of four weekly 2-hour sessions to prepare individuals who are willing to make a long-term commitment to navigating difficult conversations aimed at racial healing. Sessions will take place on Tuesday evenings between March 22 - April 12, 2022.