I envision a world where every young Black person has a vibrant village of support and an expansive network around them. To be well in life, every human being needs an abundance of people who see them, hear them, believe in them, value them, and gently push them forward. It takes more than one or two people. It takes a village! It takes a tribe. I'm one more person you can add to your tribe! I'm ready to cheer you on!
*Black refers to any young person of African descent, including mixed raced teens and young adults.
A Favorite Quote of Mine:
“I refuse to participate in the silencing of myself. I do not consent to the erasing of myself."
-Dr. Thema Bryant
Hi, I'm Kandace!
I'm a Licensed Social Worker (LSW), A Mental Health Professional & Coach, Youth Advocate, A Speaker, and Founder/Owner of Hello Kandace, LLC.
I'm passionate about supporting academically thriving Black teens and young adults along their sacred path of self-discovery. I connect them with the tools and resources needed to better know and understand themselves, so that they can reduce stress and anxiety and live more balanced, joyful, and meaningful lives.
My coaching style is compassionate, uplifting, trauma-informed, and anti-oppressive. I believe that teens and young adults are the experts in their own lives and that their voices matter. I choose to partner with them on their journey, helping them uncover and fully realize what's already deep within them so that they can not only thrive outwardly, but also take steps to thrive inwardly.
WHAT I DO
I'm on a mission to help academically thriving Black teens and young adults discover creative ways to reduce stress, make healthy life choices, and lovingly embrace their full selves, so that they can feel less overwhelmed, anxious, and weighed down by the pressures in their lives,
(even if on the outside they're the teen or young adult that appears to have it all figured out).
I do this by creating culturally affirming virtual spaces that allow Black students to show up as their full selves, without having to water down their truth. I know that Black students experience stress, anxiety and life pressures through an additional lens impacted by historical legacies and current issues of racism, discrimination, and prejudices.
WHY I DO IT
Educational systems are a set up for burnout, and high achieving Black students rarely have a place to unpack the layers of stress, anxiety, and disappointment associated with the many expectations put on them to achieve. The pressure to be successful can wear on young minds and hearts, especially as they navigate oppressive, hierarchical, and stressful educational systems.
The impact of racism, discrimination, and oppression goes deeper than microaggressions, stereotypes, or even racial slurs. These structural, intergenerational, and social conditions can cripple Black students from within, affecting their self-worth, sense of belonging, and sense of purpose. They are told they have to work 10x harder than those around them. They often feel a responsibility to represent their entire race, especially if they're in a predominately white school or classroom.
Perhaps the highest cost comes at the expense of their mental and emotional health, which is oftentimes overlooked by well-meaning caregivers and educators who see their outward thriving as an indication of their internal wellbeing. However, just like other students, academically thriving Black students also wrestle with the fear of not being good enough, feel weighed down by the pressure to be perfect, need help managing expectations, and struggle with high functioning anxiety & depression.
When their needs are ignored, this can lead to feelings of isolation, low self-worth, and decreased motivation. Without support, these students may cycle through burnout, debilitating panic attacks, emotional breakdowns, chronic depression, and/or rely on unhealthy coping skills & addictions to make it through another day.
HOW I DO IT
Thriving on the Inside: TEENS
Thriving on the Inside is a transformational and collaborative signature coaching program for academically thriving Black teens and their caregivers. It will promote self-awareness, identity development, self-compassion, spiritual growth, and action-oriented strategies for managing stress/anxiety while developing healthy habits to navigate through life.
Empowered to Choose: YOUNG ADULTS
Empowered to Choose is all about supporting academically thriving Black young adults on their journey of growth and self-discovery. The young adult years are full of new experiences and big changes that can be overwhelming. It's easier to see the small choices you can take each day for your growth and wellbeing when you can release the pressure of constant achievement & perfection.
I provide mental health workshops or presentations for community programs, schools, colleges, and any organization that works with or supports academically thriving Black teenagers and young adults. My presentations are interactive and tend to focus on areas that high achieving Black teens struggle with, such as: managing stress, anxiety, pressure to be perfect, navigating change, managing multiple expectations and responsibilities, race-based stressed, and/or intergenerational trauma.
WHAT IS COACHING?
Coaching and therapy are similar in that they both involve helping teens and young adults make positive changes in their lives. Therapy is powerful, but it is not the same as coaching. Mental health coaching is designed to prevent the onset of more serious mental health conditions before they occur. It is another pathway for teens and young adults to access practical tools to strengthen their mental & emotional wellbeing, but it is not the only pathway available.
In my role as a mental health coach, I am not diagnosing or treating mental health conditions, nor am I helping teens and young adults unpack and process deeply distressing events from the past (although, they may come up). Coaching is short-term and there is usually an agreed upon end date, while therapy can continue for as long as the teen or young adult needs it. Coaching with me is a gentle yet strategic process that guides teens and young adults forward, while empowering them to take action steps that can help them to: reduce stress & anxiety, release the pressure to be perfect, and make healthy decisions, so that they can become the best possible version of themselves. It’s a non-judgmental and confidential space where I cheer them on and help them take practical goal-oriented steps in the direction they desire to go, as it relates to their mental and emotional wellbeing and healthy behaviors .
As a virtual mental health coach, I am available to meet with teens and young adults across the U.S & abroad
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WHAT IS IT LIKE TO WORK WITH ME?
WHAT PARENTS & CAREGIVERS HAVE TO SAY:
Parent: "You have meant so much to my daughter and to our family. God put you here for a reason and our daughter having a strong faith filled Black woman to look up to and guide her meant EVERYTHING. Thank you for truly caring. Thank you for being there for me and my husband as a ear to listen and a shoulder to cry on. Thank you for your guidance and kind words of encouragement." - EE
Parent: "You did an excellent job helping my son and we're very grateful. Thank you for everything. You've been a true blessing to us and many others for sure." -RM
WHAT ACADEMICALLY THRIVING BLACK TEENS HAVE TO SAY:
(9th grade): "Thank you so much for every single thing that you do for me. The list is never-ending, from talking to me in the hallway, scheduling appointments with me, helping me with every problem I express to you, and many more. I love your hair." - LW
(10th grade): “Thank you so much for being there for me during some tough times! It really helped me a lot being able to talk to someone outside my family and friend group about my dad. I also want to say thank you for your amazing Wellness Wednesday videos! They encourage me every week, and give amazing advice and reminders when I need them." - CM
(11th grade): "I really want to thank you [Mrs. Kyere] from the bottom of my heart. I fight a silent battle within myself everyday but with your amazing help I am slowly learning to open up and allow those who truly care to listen and help. Having a positive impact on someone's life means so much and you have done just that. Thank you for making me feel safe." -LC
(12th grade): "Thank you for never giving up on me when I was giving up on myself. You are much appreciated beyond words can explain." - JK
WHAT EDUCATORS & ADMINISTRATORS HAVE TO SAY:
School Administrator: "Mrs. Kyere is a highly competent and skilled social worker. I have relied heavily on her knowledge to guide me as I assisted students with their academic needs. Mrs. Kyere has the following distinguishable skills that reflect her abilities as a highly effective social worker: intervention strategies, listening, critical thinking, verbal and written communication, problem solving, and empathy. During the pandemic, she communicated best practices for coping and self-care, and she remained focused on the social and emotional well-being of all stakeholders." -Dr. T.W.
High School Campus Minister: "I got to witness firsthand the passion that [Kandace] has for working with youth, and her inestimable gift to listen, understand, and attend to the needs of our students. I had the pleasure of witnessing the beauty of her relationships with students; relationships built upon trust and care, Kandace touched the lives of so many of our students by allowing them to see themselves in the same way she sees them: as worthy of love, and capable of greatness. It is also worth mentioning how impressive her adaptability has been during the COVID-19 pandemic to remain available and connected to our students; her advocacy for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within our institution; and her ability to lead Professional Development with our entire faculty and staff on SEL learning, among other topics .- F.G.
High School English Teacher: " Mrs. Kyere builds genuine rapport with students, who can tell that she genuinely cares about them and their wellbeing. Students know that Ms. Kyere has their best interests at heart and trust her with sensitive information. I have heard students say that they previously did not trust school counseling resources, but that 'Ms. Kyere is different, she helps.' Equally impressively, Ms. Kyere has made significant improvements to our school’s social and emotional support procedures. Prior to her arrival, school employees relied on informal conversations to refer students for counseling or support. Ms. Kyere introduced an easy-to-use website to help teachers make student referrals. Her website also assists students in making self-referrals, as well as finding resources to learn more about their own mental health. Ms. Kyere also helped our school make connections to external therapy services and assists students in signing up for weekly therapy services. Recently, several students told me that the therapy supports they received because of Ms. Kyere’s help 'changed their lives.' She is always willing to collaborate with teachers on ways to support the social and emotional health of students. When I was revising my own course curricula to include social-emotional journaling, Ms. Kyere provided me with numerous resources to help in the planning process." -F.K.
*Please note that initials are used to protect client confidentiality.
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