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Teens teach trauma care to Camden schools

  • Sep 15, 2016

Hopeworks 'N Camden's Youth Healing Team, highlighted in our recent Shared Learnings post, Youth Leadership in the ACE and Resilience Movement, was featured in the Courier-Post on Tuesday, September 13, 2016. 


CAMDEN - Gemyra Wynn doesn't need to go into the details of her childhood in Camden.

After sketching out how adverse childhood events can traumatize people and cause lifelong health consequences, the 17-year-old can just offer her ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) score — it's seven out of 10 — and leave it at that. The same goes for her fellow instructors, 16-year-old Aunyay Fussell and 15-year-old LeBaron Harvey. They each survived psychologically trying experiences. But these students are experts at explaining how to deal with its aftermath.

Starting this month, about 1,500 staff in the Camden School District will learn about trauma-informed care from Hopeworks 'N Camden, a nonprofit offering job training and experience for Camden's youth. Teams of young people will teach school workers why traumatized people act out and how to manage negative emotions and stress in healthy ways.

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Read the entire story by Kim Mulford here.