The Workforce Development Workgroup met on Wednesday, June 15th at the Unite Way building. The group began with an overview of the focus group project with the School District of Philadelphia and an update for next steps. The subcommittee focused on this work is aiming to begin these focus groups in July, pending approval from the School District and University of Pennsylvania.
The group then moved on to discuss the planning of an event focused on integrating information about ACEs, trauma, and resilience into the curricula of institutions of higher education and helping area-campuses to become trauma-informed environments. Representatives from the Children’s Crisis Treatment Center joined the group to discuss their goals, as they will help to lead the planning for the event. The group agreed that integrating this information into both the curriculum and culture of college campuses could have a significant impact on students and the incoming workforce.
In addition, the group brainstormed ideas for how to engage the business community in developing trauma-informed workplaces. This primarily centered on shifting the language and paradigm for managers to better understand how to encourage productivity among their employees. The group agreed to reach out to possible contacts in the business community to explore how to present this information to them.