Have you ever been in a public place like a grocery store, a library, or a mall and seen a parent struggling with their children by trying to keep them in line and well-behaved? Have you watched that situation escalate? Did you wonder then, and are you still wondering now, what you could have done?
What about at the office? Do you work in an organization where you see stressful situations happen, leaving you and your co-workers wondering what to do to best respond?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then it’s time to learn about the Wakanheza Project. The Wakanheza Project is a community-based initiative focused on reducing tensions and stressful situations for families. St. Paul Ramsey County Department of Public Health founded the project, which assists individuals and organizations to be more open and receptive to the needs of families, and transform into more welcoming environments.
The Wakanheza Project principles (non-judgment, culture, powerlessness, empathy, environment, moment) are universal and simple and can be applied to many personal and public situations. Through helpful lessons learned in Wakanheza workshops, individuals can respond positively in encounters with parents, children, and families struggling in public settings. Thousands of individuals and many organizations have participated in workshops and use the practices and principles of Wakanheza in schools, workplaces and other public and private settings.
Learn more about this project and how great Ramsey County workplaces like the Minnesota Children’s Museum have incorporated these principles with amazing results.