Racism can cause significant and chronic traumatic stress in BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) children and youth. Racism-based trauma has been linked to psychological distress, physical health problems, depression, anxiety, and children’s ability to succeed academically and socially.
Healing racism-based trauma is challenging because racial wounds occur within a broader sociopolitical context and on a continuing basis. Yet, and still, children and youth experiencing racism-based trauma can develop coping skills, heal, and become resilient.
Research shows that an important aspect of healing from trauma caused by racism is to engage in empowerment through resistance, as racism often causes youth to have feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, avoidance and fatigue.
By helping youth to exercise their own agency and supporting youth to feel empowered to bring about equity, we can promote healing from racism-based trauma in youth and help give rise to the change we need as a society.
On Tuesday, December 7 at 11:00am, join Bright Promises Foundation for a panel discussion with leading experts in the field of race-based trauma, gain understanding about how to recognize youth trauma caused by racism, and learn how you can help empower youth and support their healing.
During this event you will learn:
-- How to help youth (and yourself) combat feelings of hopeless and helpless caused by racism
-- What you can do to help youth feel empowered
-- How youth-led activism can promote individual and community healing
Featuring Expert Panelists:
Nadiah Alyafai, Youth Organizer, Arab American Action Network
Tony Alvarado-Rivera, Executive Director, Chicago Freedom School
Carol Sharp, Director of Programs, Girls Inc. of Chicago
Moderated by: Dr. Colleen Cicchetti Ph.D., Executive Director of Center for Childhood Resilience and Clinical Psychologist at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago