The Role of Community in Creating and Healing Trauma in Kids

When kids live in violence-prone neighborhoods, the environment can enable trauma in their lives. The RYSE Center in Richmond, California, is seeking to change the community’s culture by providing something to young people that’s sometimes missing in their schools and home lives: love and support.

The youth center is intentional about listening to the young people it serves, which means providing services far beyond typical after-school activities. In addition to offering classes, computer labs, recording studios, community garden, free food and a place to hang out until it closes at 8pm, RYSE spreads a culture of caring by showing youths what it  means to care.  

“When we ask, ‘How are you doing?’ we really want to know,” said Kanwarpal Dhaliwal, RYSE’s associate director. “We are a witness and we are validating and we also, when it makes sense, want to push and challenge you with love to think about what could be different and what agency might you have even in a world where everything is sort of forced and you don’t have much control.”

Gemikia Henderson and Dalia Ramos came to RYSE as teenagers about seven years ago. Gemikia came reluctantly for an internship and Dalia was looking for a place to be during the long hours after school. They were assigned to be “balance buddies” who check in on one another on a regular basis. Their experiences with mentors and peers at RYSE helped open them up to the possibilities in their world.

Listen on Apple PodcastsGoogle PlayNPR One or wherever you get your podcasts to hear how the RYSE Center is teaching a generation of young people — and adults — what it means to have a path for improvement for themselves and their community.  

“At RYSE we want to build that with each person but also collectively and in our community so we’re building loving power in a way that really shift the conditions that brought about RYSE,” said Dhaliwal.

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The Role of Community in Creating and Healing Trauma in Kids

When kids live in violence-prone neighborhoods, the environment can enable trauma in their lives. The RYSE Center in Richmond, California, is seeking to change the community’s culture by providing something to young people that’s sometimes missing in their schools and home lives: love and support.

The youth center is intentional about listening to the young people it serves, which means providing services far beyond typical after-school activities. In addition to offering classes, computer labs, recording studios, community garden, free food and a place to hang out until it closes at 8pm, RYSE spreads a culture of caring by showing youths what it  means to care.  

“When we ask, ‘How are you doing?’ we really want to know,” said Kanwarpal Dhaliwal, RYSE’s associate director. “We are a witness and we are validating and we also, when it makes sense, want to push and challenge you with love to think about what could be different and what agency might you have even in a world where everything is sort of forced and you don’t have much control.”

Gemikia Henderson and Dalia Ramos came to RYSE as teenagers about seven years ago. Gemikia came reluctantly for an internship and Dalia was looking for a place to be during the long hours after school. They were assigned to be “balance buddies” who check in on one another on a regular basis. Their experiences with mentors and peers at RYSE helped open them up to the possibilities in their world.

Listen on Apple PodcastsGoogle PlayNPR One or wherever you get your podcasts to hear how the RYSE Center is teaching a generation of young people — and adults — what it means to have a path for improvement for themselves and their community.  

“At RYSE we want to build that with each person but also collectively and in our community so we’re building loving power in a way that really shift the conditions that brought about RYSE,” said Dhaliwal.

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PicLits – Using Pictures to Inspire Creative Writing

PicLits is an excellent site for finding creative writing prompts. PicLits aims to provide inspiration for writing short stories. PicLits tries to reach this goal by providing users with images upon which they can build their writing. To get writers started, PicLits provides a list of words which can be dragged and dropped into sentence form. If you don’t want to use or don’t need a word list, you can select the “freestyle” option to begin free-form writing.

Applications for Education

The idea of PicLits is not to write a full story within the images, but rather to use the images as the inspiration for longer pieces. In that regard PicLits could be a good source of inspiration for the reluctant writers in your classroom.

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ClassTools SMS Generator – Text Messages Between Historical Figures

Last week I wrote about three ways that students can create social media profiles for historical and literary characters. Writing that post reminded me of the Classtools Fake SMS Generator. You could have students use the Classtools SMS Generator to create simple conversations between historical characters as way to get them to think about those peoples’ lives and the conversations that they might have had. In the following video I demonstrate how to use the SMS generator.

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Slides from my CECA/CASL Presentations

Yesterday and today I had the privilege to speak at the CECA/CASL conference in Connecticut. It was an honor to be invited back to speak at a conference in my home state. Thank you to everyone who came to hear me speak. It was a pleasure to meet many of you throughout the conference and I hope that we meet again.

For those who are curious about what I spoke about at the conference, the slides from all of my presentations are embedded below.







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