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April 2023

Millions still available to help low-income San Diegans with water bills (

An undated file photo of water running from a faucet. To read more of Katie Hyson / Racial Justice and Social Equity Reporter and Contributors: Mike Damron / Video Journalist's article, please click here. A fund to help San Diego County residents pay their water bills still has $2.5 million sitting unclaimed. According to leadership of the nonprofit Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee on Anti-Poverty, or MAAC, which manages the fund, many people may not realize they qualify for assistance.

San Diego Trauma-Informed Guide Team March 7, 2023 Meeting Minutes

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our first hybrid meeting since the pandemic!! Thanks to Adrienne Markworth from Leah's Pantry and Jeannie Oestreicher from San Diego Center for Children FFAST program for their presentations on the use of their Guide Team mini-grants! See attached for meeting minutes, their presentations and more!

Indigenous Scholars Release New Report at U.N. on Determinants — and Protectants —of Indigenous Health (

(photo: Jenna Kunze) To read more of Darren Thompson's article, please click here. NEW YORK — Indigenous scholars presented a report on Tuesday on Indigenous determinants of health at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) 22nd session. The study was delegated during UNPFII 21st session and aims to create positive health and wellness outcomes for Indigenous communities worldwide. The study also responds to the U.N.’s adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development...

Theme: Queer Joy: Rainbow Writes | GLSEN due by May 15th

Rainbow Writes is a writing contest for LGBTQ+ students to express their unique perspectives. In the age of censorship of LGBTQ+ stories, Rainbow Writes lifts our voices – for queer youths, by queer youths! The contest will accept submissions in poetry and prose! SUBMISSION DETAILS: Who can participate? Ages 13-18, United States residents. How do I enter? Via submission form here: How will winners be determined? Winners will be determined by originality,...

Teen Girls Are Not Alright. ADHD Magnifies the Crisis. (

To read more of Nicole Kear's article, please click here. Teen girls in the U.S. are “engulfed in a growing wave of sadness, violence and trauma,” according to a report released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that found alarming increases in rates of rape, depression, suicidality, and cyberbullying among adolescents. 1 “The numbers are unprecedented,” said Kathleen Ethier, director of the CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health . “Our young people...

Congratulations to our first Trauma-Resilient Educational Communities (TREC) Accredited Learning Centers in our network!

A joyous celebration on Friday, February 10, 2023 honoring the leadership of Area Superintendent Lindsay Reese , Principal Amanda Clark, and all staff members with San Diego Workforce Innovation High Schools’ Chula Vista, Linda Vista and National City Learning Centers! Area Superintendent Reese reflected on the TREC Accreditation and shared, "Trauma Resilient Educational Communities provide a safe and supportive environment for students to heal from their past traumas, while also equipping...

From Trauma to Resiliency: Reflecting on our inner journey

Back in 2019, we began planning to write a book, From Trauma to Resiliency, that would describe the experiences of survivors who have experienced multiple traumas and who have benefitted from relationship-based, collaborative family-school-community-based services. We asked colleagues doing amazing work in San Diego County to contribute chapters, and they shared stories of oppressed, traumatized groups of survivors that include, people who have faced abuse, war, and poverty,...

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