On October 17th, Civicorps hosted a one-day health summit where guest speakers spoke to our students about different ways that we experience trauma and then each group brainstormed ways to cope with stressors at both a personal and community level.
Dr. Darlene Hall, our keynote speaker, spoke about inter-generational trauma. Afterwards, students attended two break-out sessions led by a Civicorps student leader and one of the following guest speakers.
- Physical Health: Jerrell Peters and Brian Burrell, Young Invincibles
- Psychological Trauma: Dania Sacks March, At the Intersection Wellness
- Healthy Relationships: Mauro Sifuentes, Family Violence Law Center
- Substance Abuse: Robert Faltisco, MA, CADCA
- Trauma-Informed Care at Civicorps: Harris Cox, Mindfulness Coach
The student leader from each break-out session then presented their group’s brainstormed lists of:
- Personal and community impacts of trauma, and
- Tools and strategies to mitigate the negative effects of trauma.
Some student reflections from the summit were:
“I plan to take time to breathe, plan ahead, and stop stressing.”
“This Health Summit makes me want to eat healthier and to walk away when upset.”
“It showed me that health is really important to me, my family, and my community.”
“I am looking forward to changing my life for my own good.”
After the presentations, Civicorps hosted a resource fair where students could speak with local providers and access resources.
Each student received a travel hygiene kit for participating in the Health Summit, which was proudly sponsored by a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board.To see more pictures from our Health Summit, check out our Facebook Page.