Afterschool Webinar:

Caring for Children and Youth in Crisis, Part I

Thursday, Oct 1, 2020 02:00 PM ET
Caring for Children and Youth in Crisis: Using evidence to support trauma-informed approaches to healing in afterschool

The word “crisis” comes from the Latinized form of the Greek word krisis, meaning "decisive point in the progress of a disease.” It denotes a critical juncture at which change is inevitable, for better or worse. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the civil unrest persists around the country in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, it is well-known that the US is facing a mental health crisis among our children and youth. In partnership with American Institutes for Research & the Forum for Youth Investment, the Afterschool Alliance is excited to announce a series of webinars focused on the why and how of implementing trauma-informed approaches in youth development programs. In a series of three webinars we will discuss the importance of trauma-informed approaches in out-of-school time settings, and the critical role that afterschool and summer program providers and networks can play in helping youth manage and recover from trauma.

This webinar, will feature expert presenters from Turnaround for Children, the Search Institute, and the Forum for Youth Investment. The webinar will illuminate what we know about the effects of adversity on child and adolescent brain development, with an eye toward why trauma-informed practices are so important and practical tools and strategies for programs to employ when working with youth who may be dealing with trauma. Join us for a conversation with experts in the field who will provide perspectives on trauma-informed approaches as a critical lever to ensure educational equity, and discuss the importance of youth development programs in addressing adverse childhood experiences.

- Karen Pittman, Co-Founder, President and CEO, Forum for Youth Investment
Pamela Cantor, M.D. Founder & Senior Science Advisor, Turnaround for Children
- Brigid Ahern, President & CEO, Turnaround for Children
- Kent Pekel, President and CEO, Search Institute
- Nikki Yamashiro, Vice President of Research, Afterschool Alliance