March ’18 Newsletter
In light of the events related to the intersection between gun violence and schools, Sequor YDI has decided to focus this month’s newsletter on resources that might aid in conversations between youth and adults related to issues of violence in schools. Below are three resources that you might find beneficial when working with youth who have been affected by current events.
Lastly, Sequor YDI is always interested in hearing from you. If you have an idea or question related to Youth Development, please feel free to contact us for more information. In the past we use this forum as a method to stay in touch with current trends that youth are currently facing.
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“If we desire a society of peace, then we cannot achieve such a society through violence. If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end.”
Youth Development Resources
As adults struggle with their own reactions to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida-the 29th mass shooting in the United States in the first two months of 2018 alone-young eyes and ears are watching and listening. This is an important time to talk to children about what they are seeing and hearing, even when they did not directly witness the event. While it can be difficult to know what to say, evidence from research and clinical practice can help us with these difficult conversations. We begin with a few suggestions for adults who care for children indirectly affected by a school shooting: Read more
Trauma can occur to children and youth as a result of violence, abuse, neglect, loss, and other emotionally harmful experiences. Traumatic and toxic stressors such as physical abuse, exposure to domestic or community violence, and inappropriate parental behavior due to mental and/or substance use tend to cluster in families.
Community violence, such as school shootings or volatile communities may cause trauma. The more traumatic experiences a child is exposed to, the more likely the child will have difficulty with social and emotional functioning in childhood, exhibit cognitive problems, and perform poorly in school, and experience mental and/or substance use disorders as an adult. The following resources may be useful for parents, service providers or educators who are working with children or youth who are experiencing or have experienced trauma. Read more
Able, Active, and Adaptive Conference at Texas A&M University. The conference will be on Friday, April 20th-Saturday, April 21st from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This conference seeks to promote the inclusion of and support for individuals with disabilities and movement disorders in enhancing their physical capabilities.
If you are interested in presenting or have any questions please feel free to contact me directly. If you would like additional information or would like to apply, please visit us at:www.ableactiveadaptive.com
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