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USA Today covers the effects of domestic violence on children

The startling toll on children who witness domestic violence is just now being understood Jayne O'Donnell and Mabinty Quarshie , USA TODAY Published 9:59 a.m. ET Jan. 29, 2019 | Updated 7:03 p.m. ET Jan. 31, 2019 The Sanchez brothers' lives unraveled when alleged violence between their parents caused them to put their dreams on hold. Children who witness domestic violence at home have increased risks of PTSD, poor health and a far higher likelihood of depression. Sandy Hooper, USA TODAY...

Systemic oppression and Systems Improvement Work (that's us!)

Sam Thomas sent this - "It is a quick read highlighting the importance of acknowledging our own roles in oppressive systems and offers 6 questions to ask when looking at advancing equity in systems change. The author cautions that it is not easy to reflect in this way but that is it necessary. It...made me think of our BFC-VT work and wonder if other trainers would find it a valuable read." Insights Countering Systems of Oppression Reflections on Racial Responsibility in Systems Improvement...

Uplifting Video that Demonstrates Community Resilience Building

This is a joy to watch and a great example of how to build resilience in very simple ways. It is a great example to those people so anxious to "DO SOMETHING." Making connections with strangers is doing a whole heck of a lot and could be the first step in any community - can you make it the norm in your community that everyone says hello to one another? It used to be that way in Montpelier - it isn't anymore. Can we change that? Not just in Montpelier, but across Vermont. It may seem...

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