What does structural racism look like in everyday life? What effect does trauma have on those living in poverty? How does building and empowering neighborhoods help those in poverty and lift entire communities?
Local artist and filmmaker Amen Ptah created a closer look at the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative’s guiding principles of addressing structural racism, addressing trauma and building neighborhoods. Amen Ptah is a senior health project coordinator for the University of Rochester’s Department of Psychiatry's Office of Mental Health Promotion, the previous digital media specialist and program coordinator for the Central Library of Rochester ImagineYOU teen digital media program, as well as a crisis counselor for 2-1-1/Lifeline. He is the founder of APVisuals, a local multi-media small business. Amen was an active participant in the GIVE (Gun Involvement Violence Elimination) Offender Call-in Program, a Rochester City School District guest lecturer & Pillars of Hope volunteer and he currently mentors high school seniors as a “community expert.” He has won several awards including The College at Brockport’s Diversity Engagement Award and consecutive certificates of acknowledgment for Excellence in Media Production. He is currently positioning himself to pursue a PhD in psychology.
RMAPI Guiding Principles from United Way of Greater Rochester on Vimeo.