A local organization is working to increase awareness of what trauma can do to a child, and by extension, an entire community. Partners in Education was recently awarded a $1,000 grant from the Potts Family Foundation. The foundation is working with organizations across the state to help inform communities about the nature of trauma. PIE Executive Director Cynthia Pickens said because her organization focuses on education, the topic is a relevant one.
“The adverse childhood experiences are some of the things that cause young people to not be able to learn,” Pickens said. “They have so many other things on there minds that it deters them. If you didn’t get to sleep last night, it’s the last thing on your mind.“
The foundation screened the documentary Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope in 2017, in Ardmore and nine other Oklahoma cities last year as part of a statewide push for awareness. PIE, Mental Health Services and Ardmore Behavioral Health Collaborative participated. The film focuses on Adverse Childhood Experiences, known as ACEs, and their longterm effects on a child’s life.
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