GETSOMEJOY is a creative wellness agency that supports communities and organizations with joy-flavored trainings and experiences that foster connection and creativity, invite collaboration and vulnerability, and prioritize community wellness.
(and we bring fried chicken stickers)
…cause we been out here.
Founded in 2016 by Alexander Hardy, Enesha Stringer, and Mario Starks after the #GetSomeJoy: A Blackstravaganza for Mental Health Awareness at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, NY
Launched SelfCareCheckin.com to share wellness resources + tools to be great(er) at work, school, home, and wherever people are peopling
Launched Self-Care Check-In Experiences to spread joy in unexpected places
Partnered with Crisis Text Line so you can text JOY to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor 24/7
Received Everytown for Gun Safety grant
Facilitated a Black LGBTQ peer support group in-person + online, creating a safe space to explore mental and emotional wellness, engage community support, and connect to medical care and wellness resources
Produced Mental Health Monday, talking to creators and community builders what helped them cope mentally and emotionally in the Age of the Rona
Developed and launched interactive Literary Therapy writing workshops as cathartic creative healing spaces for social, non-profit, corporate, municipal, and other community groups
Launched Virtual Cook-alongs to foster connection and spread joy through food and fellowship
Facilitating conversations around mental health, caregiving, disability rights, creativity, and food in two weekly GetSomeJoy Twitter Spaces as part of the Twitter Spaces Spark Program.
Alexander Hardy is a grits-powered writer, home cook, dancer, lupus survivor, and National Trainer for Mental Health First Aid USA. He is on a lifelong quest to make better empanadas.
He battles spiritual ashiness as CoFounder of GetSomeJoy, a creative wellness agency supporting communities and organizations with joy-flavored trainings and experiences, soulful storytelling, and accessible wellness resources. Alexander has written for outlets such as Ebony, CNN.com, Food & Wine, Esquire, Courvoisier, The Root, Saint Heron, and Very Smart Brothas.
Will Alexander ask you about delicious meals you’ve had or prepared? Does he accept restaurant recommendations and joy-inducing recipes? Yes.
He supports communities and organizations with English and Spanish Mental Health First Aid trainings, grief and loss workshops, Literary Therapy writing sessions, resource development, and other wellness-infused experiences.
Alexander does not believe in snow or Delaware.
Enesha is a Marketing and Communications strategist invested in the real world applications of the social determinants of health—with 10+ years advising fast-growing tech companies, creative agencies, and social impact organizations.
Enesha applies an interdisciplinary framework to brand strategy and program design to optimize individual + community joy and wellness. You can find her dancing at crosswalks and spreading joy in unexpected places.
Community Wellness Ambassadors are village members with authority + expertise in their respective industries, who inform and advise our programming, methodologies, and impact strategies through event collaboration, mutual support, and amplification of their community work.
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