Keith Mascoll receives a 2021 Imagined in Cambridge! Social Innovation Award.

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“All the things I’d ever learned about being a man got in the way of my healing,” said Keith Mascoll, founder of The Triggered Project, a 2021 Imagined in Cambridge! Social Innovation Award winner.

The Triggered Project uses arts as a learning and healing tool to help men, especially youth of color, open up about mental health and trauma. An actor and Cambridge native, Keith bases his work in his own healing process from abuse to help others in the community have difficult conversations and prioritize mental health. In “The Inner Monologue Sneaker Art Project,” Keith led youth in creating monologues about resiliency, redefining manhood, and reclaiming their own narratives.

“It’s uncomfortable for youth to talk about how they’re feeling, but especially now coming out of COVID, young people are in a heightened state of anxiety,” said Keith. “I make time for youth to talk to me – and that’s incredibly important. We need to give children the tools to self-stabilize and stabilize their classmates.”

Keith was one of five recipients of our $5,000 award last year. Who will be next? Through September 7, we’re looking for social innovators creating good in our community. Help us find them!

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