ASN Youth Resilience Project

ASN Youth Resilience Project This is the page for The Alternative Schools Network (ASN) Youth Resilience Project. The Alternative Schools Network (ASN) Youth Resilience Project is an initiative that grew from the collective desire to develop and provide additional clinical resources for ASN network schools.

The Youth Resilience Project is dedicated to the cause of bringing knowledge, awareness and support to schools around issues associated with youth psychologica trauma. By providing professional development workshops, trainings, and ongoing clinical guidance and support, the Youth Resilience Project works hand-in-hand with school leadership and staff on ways to bring about institutional change thro

The Youth Resilience Project is dedicated to the cause of bringing knowledge, awareness and support to schools around issues associated with youth psychologica trauma. By providing professional development workshops, trainings, and ongoing clinical guidance and support, the Youth Resilience Project works hand-in-hand with school leadership and staff on ways to bring about institutional change thro

Operating as usual

On May 14-15, ASN's Youth Resilience Project partnered with Albizu Campos and other schools for a student self care conf...
07/22/2019

On May 14-15, ASN's Youth Resilience Project partnered with Albizu Campos and other schools for a student self care conference. Students participated in workshops ranging from hip hop yoga to spoken word.

Alternative Schools Network
07/17/2019

Alternative Schools Network

ASN is happy to announce the following panelists for July 25th:
*State Representative La Shawn K. Ford
*Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli
*Activist Flint Taylor
*Torture Confession Survivor Darrell Cannon
*Social Justice Professional Dr. Elena Quintana
*Returning Citizen/Entrepreneur Yohance Lacour

Register today! www.asnchicago.org/systemicinjustice2019

Adolescent depression is a dire public concern in the United States, and an even greater concern among black adolescents...
12/21/2017
For poor, black teenagers, depression symptoms are different, Rutgers study says

Adolescent depression is a dire public concern in the United States, and an even greater concern among black adolescents where, if left untreated, can disproportionately lead to an escalation of various mental disorders, academic failure, and related issues

http://www.philly.com/philly/health/kids-families/poor-black-teenagers-depression-rutgers-study-20171214.html?mobi=true

For black teens from low income communities, depression may show itself as conflicts with other and physical discomfort.

"the overwhelming majority of girls behind bars had suffered instances of sexual and physical violence."
12/04/2017
NPR

"the overwhelming majority of girls behind bars had suffered instances of sexual and physical violence."

In a time when the U.S. is grappling with issues of sexual misconduct and assault, a murder case involving a teenager who says she was forced into prostitution is back in the national spotlight.

Tomorrow, help us raise funds to keep doing what we do!  Donations will be matched so your money will stretch further.  ...
11/27/2017

Tomorrow, help us raise funds to keep doing what we do! Donations will be matched so your money will stretch further. Thank you in advance!

TOMORROW IS #GIVINGTUESDAY!!! All donations to the Alternative Schools Network will be generously matched dollar-for-dollar. Donate tomorrow through our page and help us continue to CREATE FUTURES EVERY DAY!

11/20/2017
For Harriet

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris' book coming soon, called 'The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-term Effects of Childhood Adversity.' She's such an important leader in this movement. Check out her TEDMED talk here.

Dr. Nadine Burke Harris explains how childhood trauma stays with us for our entire lives

Order Dr. Harris' book: https://goo.gl/1aiioF

Our awesome ASN YES Program representatives attended Kimberly M. Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Juvenile Justice C...
11/14/2017

Our awesome ASN YES Program representatives attended Kimberly M. Foxx, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Juvenile Justice Conversation Series, Keeping Youth in School And Out of the Justice System. Besides providing the space and opportunity for folks to engage in the important conversation, Kim even took the time to snap a pic with the team! Thank you to everyone working to support youth in whatever ways you can.

Restorative practices, done right, teach us how to be in community and to repair harm with empathy.
11/01/2017
Suspensions Don’t Teach

Restorative practices, done right, teach us how to be in community and to repair harm with empathy.

Restorative practices—an alternative to punitive justice—keep kids in school, where they can learn how their behavior affects others.

Our team had a blast today trying out a piece of our new "Creating Self Healing Communities" workshop during the ASN All...
10/26/2017

Our team had a blast today trying out a piece of our new "Creating Self Healing Communities" workshop during the ASN All Staff Meeting. The Youth Resilience Project believes that the notion of self-care does not start and stop with the individual – it is the responsibility of the organization as a whole to create the time, space, and practices for people and departments to come together to reflect, connect, renew, and build resilience as a community. #organizationalselfcare #healingjustice #selfhealingcommunities

It was an honor to represent ASN Youth Resilience Project this morning and to be a part of the panel and conversation wi...
10/24/2017

It was an honor to represent ASN Youth Resilience Project this morning and to be a part of the panel and conversation with such passionate participants and colleagues at Health & Medicine Policy Research Group's Illinois ACES Response Collaborative conference, Community Connections: Pathways to Safety, Healing and Wellness. Thank you for providing space to share knowledge, wisdom and experiences across the communities of Chicago. We need more opportunities like this! #CommConnect

NPR
09/19/2017
NPR

NPR

From KQED News: The intergenerational transfer of trauma was first recognized in the 1960s in the children of Holocaust survivors. It’s since been identified in lots of groups, including children of Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees.

A wonderful opportunity for all you changemakers out there.  Take a  look!
09/13/2017
Obama Foundation Fellowship

A wonderful opportunity for all you changemakers out there. Take a look!

The Obama Foundation Fellowship program seeks to support outstanding civic innovators from around the world in order to amplify the impact of their work and to inspire a wave of civic innovation.

Teaching Teachers About Trauma Helps Kids Learn
08/26/2017
Teaching Teachers About Trauma Helps Kids Learn

Teaching Teachers About Trauma Helps Kids Learn

Liam Rusmisel is a different kid this year. On the first day of kindergarten he walked into the classroom, head held high, according to his teachers. This

This makes a lot of sense and is even more evidence to support the notion that treating trauma has to happen at the comm...
08/03/2017
Kids In Violent Neighborhoods Suffer Sleep Problems, Affecting Learning

This makes a lot of sense and is even more evidence to support the notion that treating trauma has to happen at the communal level, not just individually or even at just the school level. Entire communities, neighborhoods and cities must become trauma informed and trauma responsive. How can we help spread this message?

Researchers say stress affects cortisol levels in children.

A good reminder that mindfulness/meditation may be contraindicated for healing some forms of trauma.
08/03/2017
Expressive Trauma Integration - Dr. Odelya Gertel Kraybill

A good reminder that mindfulness/meditation may be contraindicated for healing some forms of trauma.

"When emotional pain resides in the body, the primary nurturing function of this system is compromised. Anxiety, depression and digestive upsets are common first signs, with a plethora of health issues close behind. But Van der Kolk is hopeful about recovery and draws our attention to heart rate variability as a clue to what is going on in our deeper body system...Psychomotor therapies, which bypass the rational brain and tap into the primitive, could be the way forward. Yoga, dance, qigong, and voice work are just some of the physical practices that can reach the primitive brain to heal trauma where it is deeply embedded in our physiology. This then opens the way for the healing process of mindfulness to take place."

08/02/2017
Alternative Schools Network

It's a goal of ours to employ high school graduates to become future leaders in the world of trauma-informed practice by training community organizations, after school programs, local businesses, churches and political leaders on trauma, self-care & vicarious trauma, community building, and restorative practices. ASN Youth Resilience Project believes that youth empowerment, choice, and voice will help to transform trauma into healing, love, and resilience.

Trauma is a constant weight on the shoulders of youth, and its effects can linger for years to come. The ASN Youth Resilience Project aims to provide resources and support to youth dealing with trauma by paving the way for careers in community-based work including education, social work, counseling, mentoring, and community organizing.

ASN thanks CCA Academy, Association House of Chicago, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School, and Youth Connection Charter School for their help in providing youth with pathways to personal and professional growth, all while benefitting their community.

#ASNYouthResilience

For more information visit www.ASNChicago.org or email [email protected]

Calling all adult caretakers and caregivers!  This is a great article to remind us that we, too, can still build our own...
07/31/2017
How to Build Resilience in Midlife

Calling all adult caretakers and caregivers! This is a great article to remind us that we, too, can still build our own resilience in the face of life challenges.

There are active steps you can take during and after a crisis to speed your emotional recovery.

Fascinating.
07/23/2017
KidsXpress

Fascinating.

Brain function is hierarchical. In order to access the higher order parts that we need working to deliberately manage our behaviour, we need to first calm the survival parts and fight-flight-freeze response in the lower regions. Safety must come first.

“The traditional approach is control through rules, punishment and exclusion, but children with problems have a greater need for a non-punitive approach,” she says. “Most of their ‘naughty’ behaviour is the result of being anxious and stressed. We believe we can help these children by reducing their anxiety and providing a secure base."

FRONTLINE
06/25/2017
FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE

Teen brains are ruled by a "fight or flight" response. Are police trained to deal with this?

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