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Dissecting The Soaring Graduation Rate For Black Boys In Chicago [interactive.wbez.org]

Chicago students Sabeer Al-Shareef and Shameir Faulkner are looking forward to a crazy few months as they approach high school graduation. In June, they’ll walk across a creaky stage at their historic South Side neighborhood high school and then move on to college in the fall. These are Chicago success stories, exactly the kind Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson loves to highlight — young black men getting their diplomas and taking the next step. “One thing that does not get enough...

Autism Studies Are a Boys’ Club [theatlantic.com]

For the first 42 years of her life, Sharon daVanport assumed that everyone finds the lights at the grocery store overwhelming. As a child, she knew it was unusual that she rocked back and forth and banged her head on her bedroom wall after school, but she didn’t worry about it. Even after her youngest son, J.D., was diagnosed with autism at age 5, she did not draw any parallels between his behavior, which also included rocking, and her own—although her mother did notice some similarities...

Why Lifting Weights Can Be So Potent for Aging Well [nytimes.com]

Weight training by older people may build not only strength and muscle mass but also motivation and confidence, potentially spurring them to continue exercising, according to an interesting new study of the emotional impacts of lifting weights. The findings intimate that people worried that they might be too old or inept to start resistance training should perhaps try it, to see how their bodies and minds respond. We already have plenty of evidence, of course, that weight training can help...

What newsrooms have learned — and need to change — in the wake of #MeToo [chicagotribune.com]

For two years in a row, more than 100 newsroom leaders from across the country have gathered to discuss what they’ve learned in the wake of #MeToo revelations that rocked the media industry — and just about every other industry. On Tuesday, the Freedom Forum Institute , a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to defending the First Amendment, released a report highlighting some of the key lessons from this year’s meeting, held in mid-January. They include: “Focus on sexual misconduct alone is...

Could Washington State be a Model for Native Voting Rights Reform? [psmag.com]

Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed the Native American Voting Rights Act Thursday, enacting a state law designed to empower Native American people to overcome the long-standing obstacles they face when they try to vote. Native voting rights advocates across the nation hope the bill will serve as a model for other states ahead of the 2020 presidential election. The law allows Native American voters to use non-traditional addresses—or, alternatively, the address of a designated building on...

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First responders and church communities

Hello Everyone, I am in search for any trainings (in-person or online) or other resources relating to: 1) Effective trauma-informed response from first responders (EMS in particular) and church communities to suicide; and 2) Self-care/healing practices for these responders and the surrounding community (family, church members, EMS teams, etc.). I may be reached directly at dvipec@dviolc.org. Thank you for the help! Your partner in prevention, Mike RitterRead More...

Treatment facility for Dual-Diagnosis

Harry Nelson
Our 30 year old son has alcoholism, severe anxiety and early trauma history. He may be released from jail (DUI related) soon. Can anyone recommend a good inpatient facility that really takes the whole picture seriously? It seems every D&A program claims to deal with MH issues...but most don't really.Read More...
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Trauma educational video for kids and families?

Lisa Wright
Hi all - We are wondering if anyone has created a short video (20 -30 mins) for teens and caregivers that provides a general understanding of trauma and the impact of ACEs? We are hoping to find or create a video for teens (ages 13 and older) and their caregivers who are involved with our local Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court to view within the court building. Our hope is to provide an engaging video that includes teens sharing information and covers the basics in a format that is...Read More...
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