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“Healing is never complete until we have been truly heard. May the universe send you someone who will sincerely care to listen.” - Anthon St. Maarten “You're not a victim for sharing your story. You are a survivor setting the world on fire with your truth. And you never know who needs your light, your warmth and raging courage.” - Alex Elle “ To know the true reality of yourself, you must be aware not only of your conscious thoughts, but also of your unconscious prejudices, bias and habits.”...

AAP Study

Here are four excerpts that caught my eye from the Family Connection and Flourishing Among Adolescents in 26 Countries Study. https://publications.aap.org/pediatrics/article/doi/10.1542/peds.2021-055263/188014/Family-Connection-and-Flourishing-Among Several studies have shown that childhood family connection is associated with flourishing in adulthood. We have shown that this association is also present across levels of adverse childhood experiences and childhood socioeconomic position… This...

Register now! Veteran consultants share best practices to fund rural resiliency initiatives in June 6 CTIPP - PACEs Connection funding forum.

Decades of funding expertise will come together to support rural resilience initiatives on June 9th from noon - 1:30 p.m. ET in a webinar hosted by the Campaign on Trauma Informed Policy and Practice (CTIPP) and PACEs Connection. Register now . “We’re excited to present this group of three experts, who have worked in every corner of the United States, to help rural communities secure what more they can of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding and opioid settlement funds, as well as...

Historical Trauma in Hawaii and the U.S. Territories Event Recap

On May 19, 2022, PACEs Connection hosted the sixth event in our Historical Trauma in America series . The event was facilitated by PACEs Connection staff members Ingrid Cockhren (chief executive officer) and Donielle Prince (director of state initiatives and community organizing). Click here to download the slide deck from this presentation. Then click “download file.” Click here to download resources from this presentation. Then click “download file.” The series examines the impact of...

PACEs Connection's popular "Historical Trauma in America" series is renewed!

Due to its popularity, PACEs Connection's Race & Equity Workgroup is continuing the “Historical Trauma in America Series”. This event examines historical trauma in the United States of America and its impact on American society in a series of virtual discussions. This series, which began in July 2021, highlights several regions within the United States and outlines how unresolved historical trauma has impacted every aspect of American life and directly shapes the socio-political...

2021 Trauma Awareness Review [Growth catalysts.org]

It's mental health month. I've been checking out what lessons we can carry forward from last year. Trauma is a growing field here in Kenya. I feel like more people are becoming aware that it's not all in our minds. We have been hurt by the system, government, and society. Part of this hurt comes from being in a dysfunctional system starting from the home and immediate family. Which then trickles to the different regions and countrywide. This dysfunction I speak of is because of living in...

How a Group of Female Independents Aims to Revive Australian Democracy [nytimes.com]

By Damien Cave, Photo: Stephanie Simcox/The New York Times, May 19, 2022 On a cool morning at 5:50 a.m., Allegra Spender prepared to dive into the surf alongside dozens of ocean swimmers at Bondi Beach. She was there not just for exercise. She was there to meet voters. Her name was all over volunteers’ teal T-shirts and swim caps, identifying her as an independent candidate for the Australian federal Parliament. “Takes a lot of courage, what you’re doing,” said Jason Carr, 50, a security...

Nothing Without Us [ssir.org]

By Paul Klein, Image: Screen shot from Amazon website, Stanford Social Innovation Review, April 12, 2022 When businesses have serious problems, they find people who have experience in successfully solving similar problems. When it comes to helping to address important social problems, businesses make decisions about how this will be done based on having no experience with the problems they are trying to help solve. In the first chapter I wrote for Change for Good, entitled “Nothing About Us...

Does Your School Have a ‘Slander’ Account? [the74million.org]

By Asher Lehrer-Small, Image: Peter Byrne, The 74, May 18, 2022 E ven at Stuyvesant High School, one of the most academically rigorous and sought-after public schools in New York City, teenage gossip is, well, teenage gossip: who’s crushing on who, who just broke up, who’s the cutest in the grade. But rather than comments whispered in hallways, students frequently share those juicy nuggets through anonymous online “ Stuyvesant Confessions ” accounts on Facebook and Instagram that much of the...

How Black Homeownership in Philadelphia Has Changed over the Years [housinmatters.urban.org]

By Jacob Whiton, Theresa Y. Singleton, and Lei Ding, Photo: Window Creative/Shutterstock, Housing Matters, May 18, 2022 Homeownership is widely viewed as one of the primary ways families build wealth in this country, but the racial homeownership gap has been persistently high for decades. Discriminatory housing policies and unique social, economic, and financial barriers are largely responsible for the racial homeownership gap. In this brief, Philadelphia Federal Reserve authors use data...

Educators Know How Important You Are To Vulnerable Families

All you educators out there PLEASE know you make a difference. When I emigrated to the USA I was feeling a little lost. After 25 years in UK education what would I do. On my last day as headteacher a parent handed me a letter. A parent by her own admission was not always the easiest to work with! She asked me not to read it until I got to America. Here is what it said: ‘Mrs A I’m not good at this sort of thing. I know I have been avoiding you but that’s because I don’t know what to say. You...

Empowering Resiliency in Learners: A Pilot Program Opportunity!

Staggering numbers of children have been subjected to adverse life experiences, leaving a lasting impact on our youngest members of society. This trauma often presents itself in outward behaviors. As numbers continue to increase, our education system has the ability to utilize early intervention to combat this trauma and build resiliency. TWI, The Wordsmith Initiative, is looking for one rural Virginia or North Carolina school district to pilot a whole-child, trauma-sensitive program . Our...

Conversations With Elizabeth

EmpowerSurvivors is currently booking guests for our upcoming EmpowerSurvivor Zooom program, Conversations With Elizabeth. Conversations With Elizabeth is a 90-minute program held on Monday evenings, via Zoom, that supports survivors of childhood sexual trauma, promotes mental health, and covers topics of healing, wellness, recovery, etc. If you are a professional, mental health therapist, holistic health practitioner, attorney for survivors of child abuse, etc. we would love to have you!

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