Brotherhood brunch gathers dozens of young men for yoga and conversation

Last weekend, dozens of young men gathered in the Avondale Youth & Family Development Center to focus on improving both their mental and physical health.

The Brotherhood Health Brunch, organized by Cempa Community Care, featured yoga and discussions about health for more than 80 young people. The Feb. 22 event helped address health disparities in the black community, said LaDarius Price, Cempa community outreach manager.

"A lot of the things that our kids, our young men, deal with [involve] where really the world just does not understand who we are," he said. "They don't understand our culture, much of our background. And a lot of that plays into mental health and it plays into the things they deal with on a day-to-day basis. For a lot of our young men, they're just really misunderstood."