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Statement of Mourning from PACEs Connection Team

Today, all too soon, we find ourselves again in the midst of yet another tragedy following yesterday’s mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas where the lives of at least 19 children and 2 adults were lost. I am writing this blog after dropping off my two-year-old and two-month-old sons at preschool this morning, where I struggled to make the drive to the daycare and to pull out of the parking lot after they were in their classrooms for fear of their safety. All of this to...

New Report Highlights Role of Masculinity on Wellbeing of Men and All Genders

To view the full report, click here. Authors: Henny Slegh, Warren Spielberg, and Cody Ragonese In 2021, Promundo released a report titled Masculinities and Male Trauma: Making the Connections. Here is an excerpt summary of the report: Apart from what it means in their own lives, men’s exposure to violence, trauma and adversity are key risk factors for men’s self-inflicted harm and their use of violence against others. Promundo-US’s new report, Making the Connections: Masculinities and Male...

Join ex-NFL athlete Caleb Campbell this Thursday on our podcast History. Culture. Trauma.

Caleb Campbell, ex-NFL player, is a mental health advocate and consultant on trauma-informed leadership. Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with mental health struggles. The collective trauma of COVID-19 has exasperated our country’s mental health crisis. May is Mental Health Awareness Month. In honor of this designation, History. Culture. Trauma. podcast co-hosts Ingrid Cockhren, CEO of PACEs Connection, and Mathew Portell, director of communities, have spoken with...

Judge Sheila Calloway integrates PACEs science into juvenile justice

Judge Sheila Calloway says she had “absolutely no idea that I wanted to become a lawyer” when she was growing up in Louisville, Kentucky. But looking back over her fourth-grade papers, which her mother had proudly saved, she found an essay she wrote in which she said she wanted to be a lawyer and help people. And she has. After stints in the Metro Public Defender’s Office and the Juvenile Court in Metropolitan Nashville & Davidson County, TN, she was elected juvenile court judge in 2014.

7 Organizational Strategies for Resilience

No matter what type of organization you help run, if you are a leader, you should be promoting resilience and agility in the workplace. Why? When the individuals that make up an organization are better able to face challenges, the entire system is strengthened. Resilience mitigated risks, ensuring that challenges won’t set your business back as far they could. Organizations improve their overall resilience when they can: · anticipate disruptions · prepare for roadblocks · respond to sudden...

A Cry for Help from Teen Boys in Austin is Answered [the74million.org]

By Bekah McNeel, The 74, May 22, 2022 As teenage boys in Austin, Texas, returned to school last fall after more than a year learning remotely at home, counselors were alarmed to see how many were talking about suicide. “We’ve definitely seen an increase in suicidal ideation,” said Roxie Frederick, a counselor at Austin Independent School District’s Alternative Learning Center who often meets the boys after their emotions have boiled over into an angry confrontation resulting in disciplinary...

Meet the cool 62-year-old Kenyan on first all-Black team to summit Everest [npr.org]

By Ari Daniel, Photo: Amrit Ale/Himalayan Quests, National Public Radio, May 21, 2022 When James "KG" Kagambi was 23, he climbed Mount Kenya in his homeland, the second tallest peak in Africa — and swore he'd never do it again. "I hated it," he recalls. "By the time I got to 15,000 feet, I had headaches." But then he encountered a magical substance for the first time. "I just loved snow. I touched it and knew that I like this. I was looking back [at the summit] and saying, 'You know what? I...

A Billionaire’s Gift Expands Reach of ‘Unapologetic’ Oakland Parent’s Group [the74million.org]

By Greg Toppo, Photo: Courtesy of The Oakland REACH, The 74, May 23, 2022 I n the two years since COVID-19 sent thousands of Oakland children to learn online at home, a parent-led group known as The Oakland REACH has made a name for itself by quickly building and expanding an innovative online resource known as the Virtual Family Hub, or simply the Hub . Now that effort has drawn the attention of one of the world’s wealthiest people, who happens to be giving her money away at a rapid clip.

The reinvention of a ‘real man’ [washingtonpost.com]

By Jose A. Del Real, Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post, The Washington Post, May 23, 2022 B ill Hawley believes too many men are unwilling or unable to talk about their feelings, and he approaches each day as an opportunity to show them how. “There’s my smile,” he says to a leathered cowboy in the rural northeast Wyoming town where he lives. “I could cry right now thinking about how beautiful your heart is,” he says to a middle-aged male friend at work. “After our conversation last...

Peer Support is Risky But Worth It - Healing Childhood Trauma in Adulthood

The trauma in our lives disconnects from ourselves, others and community – peer support is an elixir to help us reconnect. Take care, Michael. “It is only when you learn to be present and available with non-judgment and compassionately hold space for the wounded and broken fragments of yourself, that you are able to truly hold space for another.” - Markus William Kasunich PS Peer Support resources are shared in the video's text section Peer Support is Risky But Worth It - Healing Childhood...

How do we empower youth in face of the climate crisis?

Whether you are a parent or a guardian, a teacher or a school administrator, if you have children in your life, you might hear them talking about climate change. Whether it’s wildfires or floods or tsunamis and tornados, these events are happening with increasing frequency all around us. Climate change may once have been an abstract concept or foreign idea, but it is now our reality. Young people are more aware than ever of the threats to the planet’s future and are getting involved...

Trauma-Informed America: What are Cross-Sector Community Coalitions and How Can Congress Support Them?

The bipartisan, bicameral Resilience Investment, Support, and Expansion (RISE) from Trauma Act , introduced in the U.S. Senate in June 2021, authorizes a new grant program to fund “Trauma and Resilience-Related Coordinator Bodies.” This grant program, Section 101 of the bill, would be cost-saving, life-saving, and successful at tackling issues that the current siloed approaches have failed to decrease: overdose and suicide epidemics, workforce turnover, increased school suspensions, heart...

Lets build a new Community: PACES AND THE SENIOR CITIZEN

Seniors that can be informed and involved can be a powerful resource in several areas. First of all senior citizens vote more than any other demographic group in their political goodwill would be a great benefit in establishing a PACES agenda. Secondly, senior citizens are in the position to put in time and effort into building PACES communities . Thirdly, senior citizens can function as members of families who can use this knowledge to support their kids and grand kids

2022 Montana Summer Institute - Virtual option available

This year, the Montana Summer Institute, to be held June 21-24, is focused on Navigating Transformation: Increasing Health & Safety with Positive Community Norms , and it has never felt more relevant. The in-person event has sold out, but joining virtually is still a great option! Dr. Jeff Linkenbach will be offering an all-day workshop on “ Advancing Applications of HOPE (Healthy Outcomes from Positive Experiences) through the Science of the Positive ” as part of this four day learning...

There is No Us and Them. There is Just Us.

I have a dream that in the future, anytime we hold events, public forums, work on policies, and/or build change, the people experiencing the issues we are trying to solve, will be driving forces at the table. This idea is not new, but for some reason it seems difficult to actualize. We are a long way from arrival. There is a phrase that I have loved that guides this thinking, "Those closest to the pain, should be closest to the power." This is not just an equity issue, but rather a human...

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