A Community Health Home
for Culturally Responsive Social Supports and Resources to
Advance Health and Wellness for African Americans.
Welcome to Soul Space Berkeley
A wellness hub to empower individuals, families, and communities to create and strengthen inner resources, community linkages, and resources to support healthy living and self-sufficiency. Soul Space is working with communities to imagine and generate ideas, practices, knowledge, and tools for Black/African Americans to lead in their self-care and community well-being.
Holistic Case Management, and Coaching, Support Groups & More
We meet you where you are – in-person, text check-ins, on video, telephone, in a park, café – pick and choose COST-FREE customized resources and engagement:
Individual Empowerment Advocacy – counseling/coaching, assessments, systems navigation, referrals to specialists/therapists, personal & confidential supports
Life Skills classes and coaching and support networks
Community Education training for Soul Space members, community partners, racial and social justice allies, behavioral health and health and human service providers
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Will Walker, PhD
Director of Training and Equity
Dr. Will Walker, Director of Training and Equity, is a community improvement professional with more than two decades of experience in addressing some of our nation’s most challenging conditions. He has deep expertise in developing, managing, documenting, and replicating complex, multi-stakeholder initiatives related to health systems and Pre-K-16 educational systems and their stakeholders, including students, staff, faculties, administrators, communities, social service, public health and mental health systems, philanthropic organizations, and families. Over the course of Will’s career, he’s developed strong capacities to work within the full spectrum of diverse communities, from very grassroots environments to executive-level boardrooms. Dr. Walker earned his Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Princeton University in Religion and Public Policy.
Shayla Taylor, B.A.
Shayla is the Project Coordinator for Soul Space Berkeley. She is skilled in project management, data collection, and presentation. She also has significant administrative experience supporting high-level executives. Through her education and work experience, Shayla has developed strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills. Her values are based on a strong work ethic which is backed by a foundation of empathy and fortitude. She possesses a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from The University of California, Los Angeles. Born and raised in Berkeley California, Shayla strives to put her energy and focus on contributing to making the Bay Area flourish.
Since 1997, ONTRACK Program Resources (ONTRACK) has built a reputation for providing culturally responsive, strengths-based, applicable expertise to hundreds of organizations across a wide range of public sector and private agencies, including behavioral health, health care, human services, educational, and social justice issues. ONTRACK works with diverse community members and partners to advocate for compassionate and just service systems.
In 2020, ONTRACK launched its first direct service program, SOUL SPACE: A Community Health Home for Culturally Responsive Social Supports and Resources to Advance Health and Wellness for African Americans, with funding from Sacramento County Behavioral Health Services. We strive to fill gaps for personal, family, health, safety, financial, and housing support. In December 2021, ONTRACK was awarded a contract with the City of Berkeley Mental Health Division, thanks to funding under the Mental Health Services Act.
We are pleased to bring Soul Space to Berkeley!