I am Angela Davis, the founder of Nah B, Incorporated. Having worked as an educator is one of the things that inspired me to start this nonprofit. Over the years I've witnessed many incidents of violence and abuse on the job. There have been times when I had to physically break up fights and intervene in situations where kids were being bullied. I have had students who were abused by their girlfriends & boyfriends, and some who didn't realize they were being abused because they thought that type of behavior was "normal". On a more personal note, I am also a domestic violence survivor, so helping other people avoid and escape the cycle of abuse is very important to me.
Nah B began as an idea for a social media page to help raise awareness about school bullying. Somewhere along the line my focus shifted to include other types of abuse that young people are often faced with as well. While doing some research on domestic abuse programs in my area, I discovered that the bulk of them were only available to adults. After that it became clear to me that someone needed to start a program that's primarily targeted at preteens and teenagers, so I decided to start one of my own.
I am frequently asked, "What does Nah B stand for?" It's not an acronym; it is a slang term used to express one's refusal to tolerate a certain situation or behavior. Loosely translated, the phrase "nah b" can either mean "no", or "this is not ok". When I began my career as a teacher over a decade ago, my first place of employment was at a school in Brooklyn, NY which is also where I first heard the phrase "Nah B", so my decision to use that as the name for my nonprofit was sort of a hat-tip to my first group of students.
One of the things my principals and colleagues have said to me over the years is that I have a knack for making kids enjoy learning because I present the material in a way that is relateable to young people. With that in mind, I figured I could use my experience as a teacher to create a cirriculum that would make learning about abuse engaging for students in grade school without making it seem like they were being preached to (because we all know how much kids hate to be lectured).
The classes offered by Nah B are designed to teach young people and their families how to identify abusive behavior so that they become more able to communicate effectively. We give youths the skills they need to form and maintain healthy relationships as they enter adulthood. There are millions of adults who have been abusers and victims of abuse, and those numbers can significantly decrease if more children are exposed to these skills and concepts earlier in life.