Trauma-informed groups rev up to address race, inclusion.
Article by Laurie Udesky, ACEs Connection Staff Writer
Eighteen-year-old Kia Hanson has always enjoyed her time as a youth leader at the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC). She’s worked mostly with five- and six-year-olds since she began in 2016. Recently, she tapped into new skills, especially if the kids were having a meltdown.
“If they’re off, we ask them, ‘What’s wrong?’ ‘Do you want to talk about anything?’,” she explains. “Basically asking before assuming they’re mad at the world for no reason.”
What made the difference? She learned how to respond to kids who’ve experienced trauma. The training provided by clinicians from the neighboring Youth UpRising also helped the youth leaders hurdle some of their own barriers…