Trauma-Informed or Nah???: Empowering Youth to Own Their Healing

Youth who have experienced early trauma either personally and/or through their communities have the odds stacked against them. Like all young people, they need education, job training, and other “real world” skills that will help them thrive in adulthood. But programs designed to help youth struggling with ACEs must empower youth to own their healing, and tackle barriers such as cultural stigma and even staff misperceptions in order to be truly effective. Youth must also feel empowered to serve as leaders in their communities. During a hands-on session with speakers from nationally recognized youth programs, participants will learn how healthy communities are enhancing job skills development and education to ensure that youth are healthier emotionally and physically, and are prepared to succeed. Session participants will participate in a creative problem solving activity that is designed to help them apply trauma-informed practices for use in their own youth communities.

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