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New ‘Handle With Care’ system alerts Manatee schools to kids in possible trouble [Bradenton Herald]

This is not a "new story" but I think this program is critical to consider for Central Florida (as far as I understand we have not implemented this here). At a recent trauma-healing conference I was able to hear about the success of this program in Manatee County Schools and I believe this could be a model for what is possible her in Central Florida. Please see the article by the Brandenton Herald below: BY GIUSEPPE SABELLA APRIL 02, 2018 04:59 PM Detention may be the wrong option for a...

RESILIENCE ~ Community Film Screening & Discussion

Join us as we screen the documentary RESILIENCE and delve into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. Register Here Sunday, January 12th, 2-4 pm Winter Park Community Center 721 W New England Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789 Facilitator: Pernell Bush, MSW, CNP Key Counseling Solutions Free (registration required): Register Here 18+ Documentary Synopsis: “Researchers have recently discovered a dangerous biological syndrome caused by...

Ending cycle of violence starts with making children priority [Orlando Sentinel]

By Guest Columnists Rachel C. Allen and Dr. Judi Addelston “Teenage time bombs: A generation in danger,” a series of South Florida Sun-Sentinel stories printed in the Orlando Sentinel between Dec. 15 and 19, might lead readers to fear our children. Today, thanks to the research of Vincent Felliti and Robert Anda, we have a pathway to resilience and healing from the violence we see in our communities. Felitti and Anda studied the relationship of health risk behavior and disease in adulthood...

After Bryce Gowdy’s suicide, let’s elevate the conversation about poverty’s effects on youth | Commentary [The Orlando Sentinel]

By Shannon Green, The Orlando Sentinel, January 3, 2020 Are you going to be OK, mom? Shibbon Winelle said those were among the final words uttered by her son, Bryce Gowdy, before he left their motel room and stood in front of a freight train. Bryce, who was 17, died of suicide a week before the Deerfield Beach football star was due to start classes at Georgia Tech on a scholarship Jan. 6. Bryce, his mom and his brothers were homeless again, and family members said he wrestled with his...

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