Building Trauma-Informed Communities for Youth

Event Date: 
August 31, 2016 - 02:00pm to 03:00pm EDT

Recent events have demonstrated that incidents involving significant civil unrest in our communities can disrupt schools and adversely impact the learning environment. These experiences can traumatize students, and this trauma can have lasting adverse effects on the mental, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth.

To address this reality, the U.S. Department of Education (ED), in coordination with the National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) hosted a Webinar on Building Trauma-informed Communities for Youth on Wednesday, August 31, 2016

WHAT: Building Trauma-Informed Communities for Youth

WHEN: Wednesday, August 31st at 2:00 p.m. EST

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During this Webinar, you have an opportunity to learn how trauma affects all youth, including boys and young men of color, and to gain insight into trauma-sensitive approaches to ensure all young people can reach their full potential. This online event will inform participants on the:

  • types and prevalence of trauma among youth;
  • impact of trauma on youth, families, community providers, and educators; and
  • core principles of instilling a trauma-informed approach across youth-serving systems. 


The Webinar will feature Dr. Gwendolyn Willis-Darpoh, Senior Technical Assistance Specialist, National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE) and Ms. Kathleen Guarino, Senior Technical Assistance Specialist, National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments (NCSSLE). Welcome and closing remarks by a White House Special Assistant.


Trauma is a significant public health issue with far-reaching consequences for our youth, families, communities, and the nation. Building healthy communities means acknowledging and addressing the prevalence and impact of traumatic experiences such as violence in communities and families; traumatic events such as chronic violence (shootings, robberies, drug trafficking, etc.); poverty and related stressors that include, homelessness and lack of basic resources; natural disasters and dislocation; and the cumulative and historical impact of racism, discrimination, and oppression. Awareness of trauma and its impact on the development of children and youth, family functioning and stability, social and emotional well-being, as well as community health has led to a cross-sector call to build “trauma-informed” schools, organizations, and communities that understand the causes and consequences of trauma to promote healing and resilience.