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Called to Care 2021 New Orleans Virtual Summit


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Building on the 2019 New Orleans Summit on Compassion & Resilience and Called to Care strategic plan and report, the Called to Care 2021 New Orleans Virtual Summit will bring together mental health and well-being practitioners, community members, sector and systems leaders, and educators for a day of shared learning, coordination, connection, and action towards compassionate healing in New Orleans for our children, youth and their families.

Through interactive sessions, local data stories and actionable takeaways, together we will explore:

- how to practice lasting compassionate care for yourself and others
- emerging healing-centered practices in New Orleans
- community-driven solutions that account for strengths and needs
- current progress on cross-sector efforts to be a healing-centered city

What to know before you go:

All materials for the summit will be posted here on the PACE's platform. If you haven't officially joined, be sure to become a member today! Click the “Join Now” button, located under the “About This Community” section. Joining is free and will provide you with full access to all the site’s features and benefits.

One key goal of the summit is to illuminate where compassionate, healing-centered care is taking place in our communities, at which points on the continuum, and what is needed to sustain the appropriate levels of care. Come prepared to share the bright spots and needs YOU know exist in our landscape. Through coordinated efforts, we can embrace what's working and align for improved outcomes. If you haven't already, help get this conversation started by completing the Continuum of Care survey.

Due to our current environment and context, this summit is virtual. We will use the Zoom platform to gather and upon registration you will receive Zoom information. We look forward to breaking bread together, face-to-face, in the future!

For more information about Called to Care and the New Orleans Children & Youth Planning Board, please visit

Called to Care: 2021 New Orleans Virtual Summit Agenda

12:00pm - 12:10pm Opening Remarks: Karen Evans

12:10pm - 12:20pm PACE’s Site Walkthrough

12:20pm - 12:25pm Introduction of Part I and Speaker

12:25pm - 1:00pm IWES Presentation of Landscape: Dr. Shervington

1:00pm - 1:10pm Q&A

1:10pm - 1:20pm Introduction of Breakout Activity

1:20pm - 1:40pm Mental Models Breakout Activity

1:40pm - 1:50pm Breakout Report Out

1:50pm - 1:55pm First Raffle

1:55pm - 2:05pm Break

2:05pm - 2:10pm Introduction of Part II and Speakers

2:10pm - 2:40pm Emerging Practice: Lede + Hip-Hop Presentation

2:40pm - 3:00pm Emerging Practice: PLAAY

3:00pm - 3:20pm Emerging Practice: SUNO

3:20pm - 3:25pm emPOWER NOLA

3:25pm - 3:30pm Caitlin LaVine - SB 211

3:30pm - 3:40pm Wrap up of Emerging Practices/Second Raffle

3:40pm - 3:50pm Break

3:50pm - 4:00pm Mindfulness Moment: Olivia Scott

4:00pm - 4:05pm Introduction of Speaker and Part III

4:05pm - 4:25pm Presentation: Teddy McGlynn-Wright

4:25pm - 5:05pm Keynote Address: Elaine Miller-Karas

5:05pm - 5:15pm Keynote Q&A

5:15pm - 5:25pm Called to Care/YMP Connection & PACEs Platform/Next

5:25pm - 5:30pm Final Raffle/Closing Remarks



Cultivating Wellbeing during Unprecedented Times


Elaine Miller-Karas is the co-founder and Director of Innovation of the Trauma Resource Institute. Her book, Building Resiliency to Trauma, the Trauma and Community Resiliency Models® was selected by the United Nations as one of the innovations helping meet the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She is a Consultant to Emory University’s SEE Learning and to the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Foundation. Her radio show Resiliency Within is on VoiceAmerica. She has presented internationally including at Resiliency 2021 and the United Nations.


Radical Imaginings: A Healing Community Landscape for New Orleans Youth

Dr. Shervington

Dr. Denese Shervington is a board certified psychiatrist recognized nationally and globally as a trauma specialist. She is the founder and director of the mental health division of the Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies (IWES), a community-based translational public health institute she founded in New Orleans. She is the author the Book, Healing Is the Revolution, a guide to healing from racial trauma. She also hosts the podcast Healing Is the Revolution.

Care in Context: Stress and Strain in NOLA School Staff

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Teddy McGlynn-Wright, MSW currently directs a trauma-informed schools project in New Orleans. As a Belonging-Based Facilitator, politicized healer and award-winning professor, Teddy uses a somatic approach to healing and transforming systems that break people, whether working with individuals or organizations. His primary work of facilitation, trauma-stewardship, and teaching inform and are informed by one another.


Music as healing for Black youth in New Orleans

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E'jaaz Mason is program director at Lede New Orleans, which trains emerging BIPOC and LGBTQ+ voices to tell stories about and for overlooked communities in and around New Orleans. He's also a filmmaker and film teacher based in New Orleans, his hometown. He's produced more than 500 pieces of video content for Unilever, Coca-Cola and Essence Music Festival among others. Follow his work on Instagram @ejaazmason.

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Keva Peters Jr., a.k.a. KAP, is a native of St. Rose, La. and a filmmaker. He graduated from Destrehan High School in 2019 and currently attends Dillard University. He's produced award-winning documentaries, music videos and short films, and aspires to become a feature film director, using his platform to give back to his community. "Free Game," his latest short film, is set to be released in early 2022.


Sozi, born Isaiah Garner, moved to New Orleans to attend Dillard University in 2014. His career in the local music scene began on the DJ circuit and with the release of Innermission, his first mixtape as an MC. In 2020, he followed up that debut with Championship Season, an album that solidified his skills as a lyricist and garnered the attention of some of New Orleans’ preeminent talent, including glbl wrmng’s Kr3wcial. The two dynamic artists collaborated to release As We Proceed in 2021, considered by many to be the best hip-hop album of the year to emerge from New Orleans. In November 2021, Sozi will release Time Will Tell, a magnum opus detailing his personal journey through time, tribulations and triumphs. The album was produced by glbl wrmng’s Chad Roby and the lead single is “Mathematics,” which drops Oct. 22.

PLAAY (Preventing Long-term Anger and Aggression in Youth)

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Brendan Turner, LMSW is a Racial Literacy Trainer, a Certified Master Level PLAAY Trainer and the PLAAY at CfR Program Coordinator. Over the past five years Brendan has trained closely with Dr. Stevenson. He co-facilitated SAMHSA’s NNEDLearn2021PLAAY workshop with Dr. Stevenson. Brendan has facilitated multiple PLAAY groups, led PLAAY professional development sessions, spearheaded the creation of PLAAY at CfR which now boasts seven certified PLAAY facilitators and has trained PLAAY facilitators from Louisiana to Florida.


Kirshla Hingle, BA is a Certified PLAAY Trainer, the PLAAY at CfR Lead Trainer, a Center for Resilience Milieu Specialist and a graduate student in the Xavier University of Louisiana School Counseling Program. She has worked with children for 12 years. Over the past three years she has trained extensively with Dr. Stevenson, facilitated multiple PLAAY groups and professional development sessions, drove the development of PLAAY at CfR and trained PLAAY facilitators from Louisiana to Florida.

The Center for Grief & Trauma Therapy


Dr. Torin T. Sanders is an Associate Professor and Director of The Center for Grief and Trauma Therapy | Southern University at New Orleans ( at the Millie M. Charles School of Social Work.

He served as co-chair of the Childhood Trauma Task Force and as Chair of the New Orleans Children & Youth Planning Board for two years. Dr. Sanders was the founding Director of Project LAST, the first program in New Orleans to provide grief and trauma therapy to children who were survivors of a homicide victim. Dr. Sanders is also the pastor of The Sixth Baptist Church. He is a graduate of Howard University and Tulane University School of Social Work.


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  • Elaine Miller-Karas
  • Torin Sanders
  • Brendan Turner
  • Kirshla Hingle
  • Teddy McGlynn-Wright
  • Ejaaz Mason
  • keva peters jr
  • Sozi
  • Dr. Shervington

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