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Suicide Prevention Resources in Response to 13 Reasons Why

May 30, 2017 Resources compiled by Lee Ann Phillips, Center Manager, Trauma Informed Oregon We at Trauma Informed Oregon want to acknowledge the important conversations around the message and potential impact of 13 Reasons Why, a series on Netflix that depicts a suicide death as well as other difficult topics that youth can experience. Some suicide prevention experts have been concerned about the potential risks posed by the sensationalized treatment of youth suicide in this series. We suggest having a dialogue with youth and the adults who support [...]

Oregon Trauma Advocates Coalition Looking for Young Adults

March 24, 2017 From Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon and Trauma Informed Oregon Are you a young adult or youth between the ages of 16 and 25? Have you experienced systems that did not help you in the best way possible? Have you wanted to get involved in sharing your experiences to improve it for others? If so, Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon and Trauma Informed Oregon have started a youth advisory council called Oregon Trauma Advocates Coalition (OTAC) and are accepting applications. It is an opportunity to get your voice heard [...]

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Former Foster Youth Testifies at the Legislature

March 23, 2017 From CJ Jones, Active Oregon Foster Youth Connection Member Hey everyone, my name is CJ. I am a 20-year-old former foster youth of Oregon’s foster care system for 10 years, as well as an active and enthusiastic member of Oregon Foster Youth Connection (OFYC). I am a new member within the last three months, and loving every little bit of it and every detail that comes with being a part this community/organization. Being new, I had no idea what to expect. I was nervous and [...]

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Strengthening Sibling Connections for Foster Youth

March 21, 2017 From Lisa McMahon, Oregon Foster Youth Connection, Program Director  Importance of Sibling Connections Long-term connections are rare for many children in the foster care system. Caseworkers change and foster parents are often temporary. A Sibling can feel like the only truly permanent relationship for many foster youth. Unfortunately, many youth feel out of control when trying to maintain relationships with siblings over the course of their time in foster care. Maintaining and strengthening sibling bonds was the goal of 31 current and former foster youth [...]

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Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

September 24, 2016 From Debby Jones, CPS, Wasco County Certified Prevention Specialist, YouthThink Director As a Certified Prevention Specialist for Wasco County, I am often asked at what age should a parent start talking to their child about the risks of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. My answer to that question has dramatically changed over the last several years and it has to do with a combination of 6 letters . . . SEL and ACEs. SEL stands for Social Emotional Learning  and ACEs stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. These [...]

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Trauma Informed Service Delivery in the African American Community

July 26, 2016 From Sahaan McKelvey, Program Manager of Family Stabilization Services Self Enhancement, Inc. Self Enhancement, Inc.'s Service Delivery Approach At Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) we provide a wide array of services to increase the capacity of our community to thrive. We provide services to everyone, but as the largest African American service provider in the state of Oregon it is our mission to provide culturally specific services to the African American community. The state of Oregon has a very unique and damaging history with regards to the treatment [...]

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Giving Back to the Community

July 23, 2016 From Isha-Charlie McNeely, BS, Founder, Back-2-School-Fresh, My Life Supervisor Back-2-School-FRESH is Filling the Void of Financial Hardship Back-2-School-FRESH (B2SF) is a non-profit that strives to provide children experiencing adversity and/or at-risk youth with strong and enduring connections to the assets and resources in their community. This is accomplished through an annual fair, which is scheduled for August 28, 2016, that provides free services and donations to all school-aged students. B2SF objective is to help assist low-income and minority families in making sure that each student that is connected [...]

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Implementation, Training & Education Updates Summer 2016

July 20, 2016 From Mandy Davis, LCSW, PhD, Co-Director, Trauma Informed Oregon The Both . . . And While collaborating with many of you around the state, I am having more and more conversations about the relationship between equity and inclusion work and trauma informed care. The tragedies in July validate, yet again, the importance of talking about racism and systemic oppression as we further explore the impact of trauma on families, organizations, and communities. We decided to focus our summer newsletter on topics related to the cultural responsiveness of Trauma Informed [...]

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Young Adult Change Agents Wanted

March 23, 2016 From The Youth Advisory Planning Committee, Trauma Informed Oregon Are you a young adult or youth between the ages of 16 and 25? Have you experienced systems that did not help you in the best way possible? Have you wanted to get involved in sharing your experiences to improve it for others? If so, Youth M.O.V.E. Oregon and Trauma Informed Oregon are starting a Youth Advisory Council and are accepting applications. It is an opportunity to get your voice heard throughout the state, develop social media, create [...]

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Bring Youth to the Table

April 10, 2015 From: Emmie Brunelle, College Student and Foster Care Alumni The idea of having youth at the table of policy work, curriculum development, and any sort of meetings deemed exclusive to professional workers has been both scary to some while exciting for others. While I understand both sides of this, I've come to enjoy the reality that having youth at the table is more than just a body filling a seat. A youth voice that is allowed to speak their mind and be heard while being a catalyst for [...]