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The 2023 Creating Resilient Communities Summer Curriculum is Now Open for Registration


Summer is a time our members are inspired to continue making changes in their communities by learning more about the root cause of issues to ensure success of their movement.

PACEs Connection is excited to roll out our summer 2023 *CRC* curriculum dates. Members who complete the CRC will qualify for a fall 2023 fellowship program.

Program Summary

The PACEs 16-hour Creating Resilient Communities (CRC) accelerator certification program is focused on supporting and developing individual advocates and organizational agents of change in transforming their communities and organizations using PACEs science, trauma-informed awareness and resilience frameworks.

The CRC accelerator will cover fundamental topics such as understanding PACEs science, community organizing, multi-sector collaboration, and strategic planning; as well as several timely topics. Participants who complete all events in the series will receive a Certificate of Completion and will qualify for PACEs Connection fall 2023 fellowship program.

What's new this summer?

We’re thrilled that guest consultants will share their unique wealth of knowledge.

With shootings and violence at an all time high in schools, Introduction to PACEs in Education will support educators and advocates in having a better understanding of the impact of trauma in students and throughout the education system. (This module is a helpful way to understand basics in advance of PACEs Connection’s Trauma-informed Leadership Institute.)

Lara Kain, founder of Lara Kain Consulting, Coordinator, Education consultant, facilitator, and national speaker on implementing school system transformation and trauma-informed practices into schools, will facilitate Introduction to PACEs in Education.

Schools are an integral part of creating a thriving and resilient community. This session will serve as an introduction for both educators and non-educators interested in the effects of Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences in school settings and the practices of trauma-informed schools. We will take a brief dive into how trauma and adversity affect learning and behavior, why this shift in school culture is so important, and how communities can support the efforts of their local schools. Learn more about Lara here.

Introduction to Arts as Healing a Community will offer creative ways to promote healing.

Mitzi Sinnott, founder of All Here Together Productions, will draw inspiration for this session from hands-on experience with engaging local communities through community murals, multidisciplinary spoken-word performance events, and bridge-building intimate circles. This session will establish an interactive conversational space in which participants can gain insights on designing and organizing community art experiences that invoke a tangible feeling of warmth, engagement, and trust. We’ll honor our unique intuitive voices and together develop artistic ideas that foster personal growth, even when our prior circumstances may have felt beset with disappointment. Participants will complete the workshop better prepared to imagine and hold themselves accountable for leading a successful community-led arts project that fosters healing and catalyzes collective transformation. Learn more about Mitzi here.

Erika Sage Kelley, CEO and principal consultant at Sage Horizons, advances organizational trauma-responsive and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) best practices using an arts-based approach and healing-centered poetry framework. Ekphrastic poetry is poetry that comments on a work of art. During this workshop, participants will learn how poetry promotes healing from racial trauma by discovering the connections between poetry and the brain and the links between writing and emotional processing. Learn more about Erika Sage Kelley here.

Register for Introduction to PACEs Connection This Summer

As a friendly reminder, attending Introduction to PACEs Connection is a required prerequisite of the CRC. There are several event dates available and you only need to attend ONE time. If you already attended, you will receive links for the remaining events via email. Registration links to the remaining introductory events are listed below. Click the registration link to choose from multiple options:

Introduction to PACEs Connection

Pick Up the CRC Accelerator Certification Program Where You Left Off, This Summer

Review a brief description of each event and this certification overview.

➤ Look out for the dedicated CRC newsletter with a list of event registration links.

➤ If you haven’t seen the list of events, you may want to update your PACEs Connection newsletter settings. Email if you haven’t received the list of events.

What 2023 CRC Participants Have to Say About the Accelerator

This is the way forward!” –Laurie Johnson-Wade @ Lost Dreams Awaken Center, Co-Founder

This training is fantastic for connecting dots and getting the wheels turning about how to effectively implement a PACES lens into the work your non-profit might already be doing. This training has left me with myriad ideas about the intersections at which I can plan to implement opportunities for youth resilience. Both the curriculum and pedagogy were top-notch.” –Kate Brennan, Director of Strategic Growth, Philadelphia City Rowing

What an incredible learning opportunity this is! Free resources and training and excellent discussion and collaboration with others who are passionate about trauma-informed practice!” –Jonathan Enix, Putnam County Schools

As a Part of the PACEs Movement, It’s Raining Gratitude!

PACEs Connection is grateful that you’re as passionate about trauma-informed awareness and heart-centered resilience building through a PACEs lens as we are. Our science is for everyone who wants to create, grow, and sustain resilient communities. We also know access matters. Thanks to the generosity of grants, Genentech sponsorship, and partners, the *CRC* Accelerator certification program is FREE. Pay it forward through this Click-to-Tweet link we created to make it easier to promote the CRC or share the CRC with your communities and workplaces.

Email Kahshanna Evans, Director of the CRC with any questions, at any time. The consultant staff at PACEs Connection look forward to seeing you soon!


About the author: Kahshanna Evans brings her passion for uniting people through stories and trauma-informed awareness to her role as the Director of Creating Resilient Communities at PACEs Connection. Kahshanna has been a leading strategic thinker in various industries, including communications, tech, professional services, and wellness.

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