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Samantha P
2800 Euclid Avenue
(North Collinwood)
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the project

The Christyan Jayden Project intends to host a showing of the film "TOXIC: A Black Woman's Story" followed by a panel discussion. The panel discussion will be broadcast as an episode of The Truth About Childloss podcast. The film highlights the race-related stress on the health and well-being of African American women during pregnancy and the panel discussion will be centered on resources to support women black women during pregnancy as well as black women who have experienced child loss. By combining visual and auditory artistic mediums, the CJP seesks to accomplish the following goals:

1) Provide a brave space for people to talk and learn about how Toxic Stress negatively impacts African American women.

2) Connect people who have experienced child loss to grief support groups and mental health providers.

3) Connect expectant or soon to be expecting mothers to pregnancy support groups and pregnancy health care providers who specialize in black women's health.

4) Provide people with resources and tools to help people manage stress.

Film Screening attendees will receive a bag of resources from community organizations, census information, and a Doodle Therapy Journal which includes a guiding meditation written by Samantha Pierce. For those listening to the podcast, the resources will be repeated throughout and at the end of the show. Listeners will also be able to access the resources through (The Doodle Therapy Journal will not be available on the website, however, the guided meditation will be made available.)

Panelists and podcast guests will include parents who have experienced child loss, health care professionals, community members with expertise in infant mortality prevention, and mental health therapists. CJP is seeking an African American Art Therapist to serve on the film screening panel.

the steps

Funds raised through this campaign will allow the CJP to take the following steps.

1. Purchase the podcasting recording equipment.

2. Hire the podcast technician.

3. Secure panelist for Toxic Film discussion.

4. Secure guest speakers for nine episodes of Truth About Child Loss Podcast.

5. Publish digital ads to promote the film screening and podcast.

6. Create and print promotional flyers to be distributed throughout the community.

7. Purchase Doodle Therapy Journals to give to film screening atteendees.

8. Create, Collect, and print resources to help people who are grieving, in need of mental health supports, or in need of support while pregnant.

9. Purchase light refreshments for people attending the film screening.

why we're doing it

Christyan Ronald Pierce and Jayden Samuel Pierce were born to parents Ron and Samantha Pierce on July 17, and July 18, 2009 respectively. They were born at 21.6 weeks with no chance of survival and died within minutes of their birth. Ron and Sam experienced many levels of grief, but also many levels of healing along the way. As a result, The Christyan Jayden Project was born ten years after their children’s birth and passing to address the needs of families that are experiencing infant loss.

Ron and Sam have been deeply involved in helping families to live while grieving the loss of a child and raising awareness around how systemic racism contributes to the high levels of life-threatening stress for expectant black mothers. They have partnered with First Year Cleveland to form PAIL (Pregnancy and Infant Loss Society) whose mission is to “provide hope and healing from African American providers to African American men and women who are pregnant, new parents, and to those who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or infant death”. They were also instrumental in the launch of OWN (Our Wellness Network), a network comprised of Black therapists, parents, and lay leaders, available to help Black families who have experienced a miscarriage, stillbirth or an infant death situation. Through their work with PAIL and OWN, Ron and Sam have been able to build connections between people living throughout Cleveland to pregnancy, grief, and support services. 

Toxic Stress induced by the inequities of systematic racism and socioeconomic disparities has been linked to the increased rates of infant mortality (March of Dimes). A report by First Year Cleveland states, "the infant mortality rate in Cuyahoga County is one of the highest in the United States. The numbers are especially concerning for Black babies." COVID-19 and the recent uplifting of race-related civil unrest are compounding to the Toxic Stress already present in communities of color. Connecting people to support groups, mental health, and women's health professionals begin with access. Prior to COVID-19, people were able to access resources by going to neighborhood festivals, through their child/grandchild's school, local libraries, and community centers. Today, these spaces to gather, stay informed, and connect have not been available to residents. To continue connecting people to resources, CJP needs to shift to bringing programming and professionals into the community by using a combination of small group gathers, zoom video conferencing, and podcasting. By providing a variety of ways to receive the same information at the same time, more people will be able to receive the help they need instead of isolating with feelings of grief, depression, and somethings physical pain. Also, people will be able to hear from and talk with others who share the experience of child loss, building upon their supportive community.



  • Rode Complete Podcaster Recording Studio: $1,110.00
  • Producer: $1,798
  • Guest Stipends: $1,150 
  • Facebook Ads: $500

Toxic Film Screening

  • Toxic Film License - Purchased through the generosity of donors
  • Space/Location Rental - Donated
  • Refreshments - $250
  • Panelist Stipends - $600
  • Advertisting - $500
  • Printing of Grief Recovery Resources - $100
  • Gift Bags for Materials -$25
  • Adult Coloring Journals with Guided Grief Recovery Meditation - $350

ioby Platform Fee     $35
"ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) (Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)"    $108
TOTAL TO RAISE =    $6,526
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.    


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