Illinois Equality Afterschool Webinar
Earlier this year, ASN’s Clinical Team was invited to host a webinar on Trauma Informed Practices in the After School setting through American Institutes for Research’s Illinois Quality Afterschool initiative. The one hour webinar, which you can access by clicking the link below, discusses trauma and its impact on the brain and human development. Michael Hannan, ASN Project Director, also shares some best practices from Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School’s 21st Century Community Learning Center program. Feel free to have a listen and let us know if you would like to bring us out to your site for an in-person workshop. We will be available starting July 1, 2017! Click here to view the webinar!
Illinois ACES Response Collaborative – Environmental Scan
Last year, ASN became a member of the Illinois ACES Response Collaborative (IL-ARC), a project of the Health & Medicine Policy Research Group in Chicago. The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative (IL-ARC) brings together different organizations, thought and practice leaders, and agencies throughout Illinois who are committed to “expanding the understanding of the impact of childhood trauma and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on the health and well-being of children and their communities.”
IL-ARC released a comprehensive environmental scan report looking at all of the groups, organizations, agencies and institutions throughout the state that are utilizing trauma informed practices to improve their programming. Over 300 programs were interviewed, of which ASN’s Youth Resilience Project was one, and the results of the discussions were compiled along with best practices and challenges associated with enhancing or moving towards including more trauma-informed care practices into the work being done with children, youth, families and communities. You can check out the report here.
The ASN Youth Resilience Project’s article was published on Acesconnection.com last month. Acesconnection.com is the most active, influential ACEs community in the world. The website is a great way to connect with people using trauma-informed/resilience-building practices. Being a member helps us to stay current with news, research, events. It’s a great resource! Join today at www.acesconnection.com.
ASN’s Clinical Team will be presenting a workshop entitled, Building Trauma Responsive Programs and Schools at the Illinois State Board of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers (CCLC) 2017 Spring Conference: Enhancing Quality, Inspiring Innovation in Bloomington on May 10th. Hope to see you there!
ASN & the Youth Resilience Project got an awesome shout out on Facebook and Twitter by Jim Sporleder. Jim is the former Principal of Lincoln High School, an alternative school in Walla Walla, Washington, which was the subject of the 2015 documentary film, Paper Tigers.
Check out Jim’s Facebook post below:
The Alternative Schools Network (ASN) Youth Resilience Project is an initiative that grew from the collective desire to develop and provide additional clinical resources for nonprofit and alternative schools in the ASN Network. The Youth Resilience Project is dedicated to the cause of bringing knowledge, awareness, and support to schools around issues associated with youth trauma.
Spreading the knowledge of trauma and its impacts on youth development became a mission of ASN’s Clinical Team after witnessing firsthand how it could help improve relationships, interventions, and overall programming among some of the hardest to reach youth in the alternative schools.