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Why You Should “Rock Out” for the Girls Conference this Summer!

July 25, 2017 From Sherrelle Jackson, MSW, LCSW, Mom, Stepmom, Event Organizer The Why I Rock Girls Conference happening this summer, August 17 & 18 is the first of its kind. It's the first to specifically target a demographic of young girls of color grades 6-9. It's the first to boast a celebration of historical and current women of color leaders from Portland. It's the first that specifically focuses on young black/African-American girls. And is the first to include such notable women like the Honorable Judge Adrienne Nelson, Senator Margaret Carter, [...]

Youth Engagement in the Emergency Room

July 30, 2017 From Oregon Trauma Advocates Coalition Hello there! This is Trauma Informed Oregon’s youth-led advisory board, the Oregon Trauma Advocates Coalition (OTAC). We are an advisory board comprised of young adults aged 16-26 from all over the state. Although recently formed in the spring of 2016, we have been hard at work completing our goals for the year and developing tools to improve systems that serve youth. We have just finished one awesome tip sheet for use in emergency rooms and have a draft of another being [...]

Access to Effective Care and Support Can Make All the Difference

July 28, 2017 From Tamara Sale, Director, EASA Center for Excellence Every day in Oregon, two to three more people develop psychosis for the very first time. That steady increase in new people translates into about 3 out of 100 people who will experience psychosis in their lives. If the person gets the right support and care quickly, it can be a blip, and if they don’t, it can mean long-term derailment from their life path. Psychosis means that the person has developed changes in their ability to [...]

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 [...]

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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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