Community violence is an ongoing crisis in society as many youth and families feel the destructive repercussions of peer conflicts, gun and other weapon attacks, gang fights, and public violence incidents. The COVID-19 pandemic and increased police misconduct in populations affected by community violence must be addressed for organizations to provide effective services. In this series, experts provide their perspective on helping youth and families navigate these traumatic stressors for their own health and wellness by examining the links between community violence, COVID-19 and community unrest/protest.
Features a conversation about creating awareness regarding youth responses to community violence, civil unrest, and societal history of marginalization and racial trauma. This webinar shares creative strategies and develops practices to help youth challenge these perpetual traumas through trusting relationships, radical healing, and supported action.
Addresses how "White supremacy" culture has systematically served as the formation, foundation, and expression of institutional racism throughout U.S. history by employing institutional policies and cultural conflicts of “divide and conquer” between different communities. The current and concerning rise in attacks against Asian-Americans reflects an underlying societal problem that requires urgent and radical healing approaches to pull out the roots of racism, dismantle White supremacist structures, and shift toward more pluralistic, mutually supportive, and trauma-informed relationships in society. This webinar also includes subsequent recommendations for forward progress.
The COVID-19 pandemic, along with severe immigration enforcement policies in recent years, and historical and present structural inequities have all had a disproportionate impact on BIPOC communities, including marginalized immigrant populations in the US. This has resulted in increased risk factors, including decreased access to financial, technological, social, educational and healthcare resources resulting in an increasing risk of infection, family separation and loss, trauma exposure and victimization. In this webinar, speakers will focus on current challenges and recommendations for addressing the needs of young immigrant children, youth and families; highlighting the importance of community partnership, early childhood protections; addressing substance use and its effects, as well as faith based supportive approaches.
In this webinar, speakers focus on institutional responses to the current combined crises of community violence during this time of pandemic and unrest. Panelists will represent a range of institutions including law enforcement, juvenile justice, national disaster, public school, and mental health systems.