Credit: TED; Childhood trauma isn't something you just get over as you grow up. Pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.

Being a trauma-informed organization means we promote healing and resilience through our youth programs, adult trainings, and community outreach. This page is a collection of resources for parents and community members to learn more about trauma-informed care and strategies/opportunities to engage youth in activities that help them thrive.


Links

For Parents

For Coaches

For Mentors

Riverdale/Dolton

  • Riverdale Park District - Let’s get physical, Riverdale! What better place to start that the park district, which offers youth and adult programs to get everyone moving!

  • Southwest Organizing Project - In working with our parent mentors, SWOP is a crucial resource to our community-empowerment efforts.

Baltimore

Detroit

  • Detroit PAL - Looking to try out a new sport in Detroit? PAL offers 11 different programs all focusing on enriching young people.


Videos

Credit: Edutopia; When teachers use strategies tailored to children who have experienced trauma, all students reap the emotional and academic benefits. Our How Learning Happens video series explores teaching practices grounded in the science of learning and human development.

Credit: Edutopia; Demystify math word problems with this simple technique that helps kids see the story beyond the numbers.

Credit: Beacon House; Told to us through the voices of children, this unique animation teaches us that by putting together the seven-piece jigsaw puzzle of 'Developmental Trauma', we can understand how a child's adverse childhood experiences have shaped their emotional world and outward behavior.

Credit: Edutopia; A quick assessment strategy replaces raised hands, encouraging more students to contribute by accommodating their different processing needs.

Credit: TED; By loading kids with high expectations and micromanaging their lives at every turn, parents aren't actually helping. Julie Lythcott-Haims makes the case for parents to stop defining their children's success via grades and test scores.

Credit: Common Sense Education; In the online world, we might think about how what we do impacts ourselves. But what about others? In this lesson, students learn about a framework -- the Rings of Responsibility -- to understand how to balance their responsibilities as digital citizens.

For more videos about trauma-informed care, youth engagement, and community empowerment, please visit our YouTube Channel.