Based on years of research and experience
Celebrating the Strengths of Black Youth (CSBY) is based on years of research and extensive input from the African American community. A research study exploring the impact of the CSBY program on African American children's self-esteem, racial identity, and parent-child communication revealed that after the intervention, parents were much more likely to communicate messages of racial equality, and children had higher levels of self-esteem.
Decades of research has linked African American youths' high self-esteem and positive racial identity with their academic success, behavioral adjustment, and positive emotional functioning (Chavous et al., 2008; Smith et al., 2009).
Chavous, T. M., Rivas-Drake, D., Smalls, C., Griffin, T., & Cogburn, C. (2008). Gender matters, too: The influences of school racial discrimination and racial identity on academic engagement outcomes among African American adolescents. Developmental Psychology, 44, 637-654.
Smith, C. O., Levine, D. W., Smith, E. P., Dumas, J., & Prinz, R. J. (2009). A developmental perspective of the relationship of racial-ethic identity to self-construct, achievement, and behavior in African American children. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 15, 145-157.