A MODEL FOR BUILDING RESILIENT
TRAUMA-INFORMED COMMUNITIES

BUILDING RESILIENT AND TRAUMA-INFORMED COMMUNITIES is essential to improving public health and well-being. Communities can be places where traumatic events occur, and they also help keep us safe. They can be a source of trauma, or buffer us against the negative effects of adversity. Communities can collectively experience trauma much like individuals do, and they can be a resource for healing and building resilience.

A trauma-informed community:
Realizes how widespread trauma is
Recognizes signs and symptoms
Responds by integrating knowledge into practice
Resists doing further harm

The illustration below provides ideas and strategies to becoming a trauma-informed community.

INDIVIDUAL

  • – Meet community members where they are.
  • – Develop authentic relationships.
  • – Ensure interactions embrace mutual respect.

INTERPERSONAL

  • – Model healthy, resilient conduct and activities.
  • – Support resident to resident activities and interactions.
  • – Encourage shared a positive experience.

STRATEGIES FOR BUILDING
RESILIENCE IN COMMUNITIES

COMMUNITY

  • – Participate in visible, tangible activities that reflect community change.
  • – Nurture community leadership through support and liberation.

SYSTEM

  • – Reflect community voices and priorities.
  • – Build long-term investments in the community.

COMMUNITY VALUES AND PRINCIPLES

Do no harm promote activities that avoid retraumatizing

Acceptance meet residents where they are and accept the realities of their conditions

Commitment respect the process necessary for success and demonstrate our passion and dedication through our actions

Collaboration recognize the importantance of self-determination and that everyone can play a supportive role

Unity come together as a respectful community, to take a sustained approach over multiple generations to strengthen and improve communtiy

HOW CAN YOU BUILD COMMUNITY RESILENCE?

BUILDING RESILIENT AND TRAUMA-INFORMED COMMUNITIES is essential to improving public health and well-being. Communities can be places where traumatic events occur, and they also help keep us safe. They can be a source of trauma, or buffer us against the negative effects of adversity. Communities can collectively experience trauma much like individuals do, and they can be a resource for healing and building resilience.

Restorative Justice

Restorative Justice Hubs are a community-led restorative justice approach to youth crime and conflict. Our vision is that RJ Hubs are safe spaces in the community where youth are welcomed and supported in building healthy relationships, expressing themselves, addressing trauma, and developing necessary skills and competencies.  Importantly, the RJ Hub model is directly informed by the latest science on childhood trauma. It is designed as a strategy for helping people to move beyond the effects of adverse childhood experiences, guiding them towards sustainable healing and growth.

Parents for Peace

Parents have the power to change the future!  Become a member of the POWER-PAC team.

– POWER-PAC is a cross-cultural, citywide membership organization of COFI-trained parents whose mission is to build the voice and power of low-income, immigrant, and working families by uniting parents across race and community around issues of importance to children and families.

Parents are on the front-lines of the violence epidemic! Check out what Parents for Peace and Justice is doing to support violence prevention, community healing and strengthening resilience.

Community Ambassadors

About: The Community Ambassador staff focuses on building strong and lasting relationships with communities, providers and city departments. Community Ambassadors assist in recruiting, training and organizing. An ambassador’s knowledge of the community, specific needs combined with the work of ReCAST creates opportunities for positive, sustainable change through community engagement.

Who Can Participate?
The program is funded by 5 youth and adult Community Ambassadors who are hired through a community agency.

The community members age 16 years or older and are individuals who would like to impact the city in a positive way.

What is a Community Ambassador?

1.  Serves as a point of contact at public and community events on behalf of ReCAST
2.  Coordinates local events, community engagement activities, and programs
3.  Shares information about ReCAST and develops messaging
4.  Assists with managing projects based on their strengths, skills, experience, and availability.

Faith Community as Healers

ReCAST in partnership with the Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation fosters loving communities of Faith that are informed and skilled in identifying, addressing and healing individuals and communities.

How can faith communities foster resilience?

– Enhance Capacity to be places of healing

– Build connections with all community members across multiple denominations

– Host a Risking Connection workshop

– Provide opportunities for people to gather to learn, connect and renew so that we can align our efforts, share our expertise and questions, and be as effective as possible.

Listen to Rev. Kirsten Peachey and Apostle Dr. Carolyn Vessel discuss what faith communities are doing to become trauma-informed.

Youth Leadership

Woke Generation as Leaders – Youth Voice, Youth Change, Youth Leaders

Youth leadership is the practice of young adults exercising the influence of change with themselves or others. Youth leadership has been elaborated upon as a theory of youth development in which young people gain skills and knowledge necessary to lead civic engagement, education reform and community organizing activities.

ReCAST works in partnership with youth leadership organizations such as BUILD Chicago & Mikva Challenge to

– Provide youth with authentic and transformative democratic experiences

– Develop agency and future commitment to civic action

– Provide youth with skills and knowledge to be effective citizens and influencers

– Increase exposure, demand, and access to information, education and skills building

Listen to youth from Mikva Challenge discuss how their voice and action creates change within communities.

Schools as Solutions

Promoting Student Resilience:

Promoting Student Resilience (PSR) is a grant funded by the Department of Education to Chicago Public Schools. The purpose of the program is to build and increase the capacity of Local Education Agencies (LEAs) to address the comprehensive behavioral and mental health needs of students in communities that have expressed significant civil unrest through the Healing Trauma Together Project.

Trauma-Informed

Trauma-Informed is grounded by a thorough understanding of the neurological, biological, psychological and social effects of trauma and violence on humans and groups. To further improve health outcomes that are often worsened by exposure to violence, we must work toward making Chicago a Trauma-Informed City.

A Trauma-Informed City

Realizes the widespread impact of trauma and understands potential paths for recovery

Recognizes the signs and symptoms of trauma in clients, families, staff, and others involved with the system

– Responds by fully integrating knowledge about trauma into policies, procedures, and practices

– Seeks to actively resist re-traumatization

Resilient Communities – Trauma Informed Care Workshop

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