Warm weather often brings a rise in crime and violence to Philadelphia, just as students and families head outdoors to enjoy a brief respite from the rigor of the school year and winter’s cold. The dichotomy of this phenomenon is upsetting, yet unsurprising. The reality is that so many children in our city do not reach their potential. It is undoubtedly a struggle to grow up in a city with the highest poverty rate of the nation’s 10 largest cities, persistent violent crime, and poor education attainment.
At the root of these struggles is trauma. According to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study and various expansions upon this research, the prevalence of abuse, living in unsafe neighborhoods, witnessing violence, or encountering racism can result in increased life and health risks.
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