Jabrea Ali | Stop the Cycle of Intergenerational Trauma. You Matter

Self-transparency is very important in a world where honesty is clouded every day. Jabrea Ali believes that only when we start to address our challenges within will we be able to successfully confront challenges in our everyday lives. A healthy community — one that is built on self-love and self-understanding — is a product of this practice. Only when we learn to take care of ourselves can we begin to fathom taking care of others. Jabrea’s call to action is to help start this conversation by discussing the three steps in self-transparency that can improve mental health among our youth: 1) Acknowledge yourself; 2) Be honest about how you feel; and 3) Allow for yourself to feel and watch the change happen.

Jabrea Ali

At the time she gave this TEDxYouth@Jacksonville talk, Jabrea was a high school senior. She also was the President of her school’s Black Student Caucus, a member of the National Honor Society and Golden Eagle (School) Ambassador. Jabrea also participated in the Student Government Association as a 12th-grade Representative. Outside of school, she plays for the United Soccer Alliance, a team in the United States Soccer Federation Developmental Academy. She now attends Howard University and is majoring in Psychology; she then plans to pursue a Ph.D. in that field.