Children’s reactions to trauma can interfere considerably with learning and behavior at school. Schools serve as a critical system of support for children who have experienced trauma. Administrators, teachers, and staff can help reduce the effects of trauma on children by recognizing trauma responses, accommodating and responding to traumatized students within the classroom, and referring children to outside professionals when necessary. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has developed tools and materials to help educators, school staff, and administrators understand and respond to the specific needs of traumatized children.
The RESET Toolbox is full of resources to minimize anxiety and build resilience in children and teens. Parents, educators, school/district administrators, students, community members, youth-serving organizations, and collaborative agencies will learn how to help kids and teens cope with stress including social isolation. Our collective goal is to help children and teens in Orange County, California overcome the challenges of COVID-19 and other adversity that they may be facing. The outcomes we’re working to achieve are: Students apply new social-emotional skills that lead to increased classroom engagement, whether virtual, hybrid, or in-person. Staff from schools and youth-serving agencies are supported and empowered to create welcoming and emotionally safe school environments when in-person school resumes. Families learn how to access mental health services available to them and feel confident in the support. Families, educators, school administrators, and community partners support and improve academic achievement and resilience by addressing students’ social-emotional needs. The RESET Toolbox is free of cost to all residents of Orange County, California.
At Hidden Strength, we want to make a difference in the lives of the youth, families, and individuals in our community by providing culturally sensitive individualized counseling services. Our goal with everyone that we work with is to help them utilize their strengths and empower them to use their natural skills to live healthy and functional lives.
Adolescence experience many life changes as a transition from childhood to young adult, these changes include physical, emotional, cognitive, and Behavioral. Although most of us are healthy and experienced normal physical and emotional changes, one in every six in the general population experience a mental health disorder each year. Youth with mental health disorders May face challenges in their homes, school, community, and interpersonal relationships. Hidden strengths Mental Health program is designed to help the youth and family/Caregiver the necessary tools to overcome the challenges of mental illness. Our Youth After School IOP is designed for Youth and families that are looking to learn adaptive skills to support youth who’s symptoms and behaviors are significantly and negativity impacting them in their everyday lives. We utilize the YRAXES* model, an evidence based, individualized, and built upon families culture, values, and beliefs.
Online resource for LGBTQ youth & families launches during holiday season – often a difficult time for LGBTQ youth – to help decrease isolation, family rejection & mental health risks & increase well-being
There is a grant opportunity from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to gather writing submissions from students in terms of their experiences with feeling accepted, inclusion, access to resources, acceptance of identities, bullying, etc. There will be a winning submission chosen every 2 weeks and this winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card. ALL submissions will be published in a newsletter every 2 weeks. Submissions should be 500-1500 words and students can choose to remain anonymous for the publication; they can still be published and are also eligible to receive prize money. Currently seeking submissions as well as students who are interested in being readers (501 c3 organization/service hours provided). If interested, please email MESSAGEPhilanthropy@gmail.com. Thank you!