Urban Youth Trauma Center

Urban Youth Trauma Center Promoting Resilience among Youth and Families Affected by Community Violence Through Leadership, Collaboration, and Action The Urban Youth Trauma Center focuses on addressing the needs of traumatized youth and families affected by community violence, with a special emphasis on traumatized youth with co-occurring disorders including substance abuse and disruptive behavior problems.

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PACEs Champion Lynnette Grey Bull spearheads trauma awareness, resiliency for Indigenous peoples


Lynnette Grey Bull (l) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) Lynnette Grey Bull is founder and director of Not Our Native Daughters , a nonprofit created to educate and raise awareness of the missing, exploited, and murdered Indigenous women and children in the more than 300 tribes across the U.S...

Dan Press traces how legal work for Native Americans led to advocacy to uproot trauma


L-R Dr. Mary Cwik, Dr. Tami DeCoteau, Dan Press, Dr. Zach Kaminsky, photo courtesy of Elizabeth Prewitt In 1964, Dan Press was in his first year of law school and was not liking it; he wanted a way out. He applied for a volunteer spot with AmeriCorps VISTA, the domestic version of the Peace Corps, a...

Peer-led organization offers San Francisco's unhoused food, work, dignity and more


He is sprawled out on the sidewalk, motionless, flushed cheeks framed by high cheekbones. He’s slender, probably in his mid-20s, his straight, coal black hair pulled back, and his orange t-shirt twisted up over his stomach. “He’s OD’ing on fentanyl!” shouts a guy holding a skateboard.

UIC announced "land acknowledgement" on Indigenous People's Day: https://medicine.uic.edu/diversity-and-inclusion/land-a...
Land Acknowledgement

UIC announced "land acknowledgement" on Indigenous People's Day: https://medicine.uic.edu/diversity-and-inclusion/land-acknowledgement/

Land Acknowledgement I recognize and acknowledge that University of Illinois sits on the land of multiple native nations. I acknowledge and honor the original peoples of the Chicagoland area – the Three Fires Confederacy, Potawatomi, Odawa and Ojibwe Nations, as well as other Tribal Nations that k...


A new NCTSN resource for working with displaced youth and families:https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/special-resource/pfa-for-displaced-children-and-families.pdf

Gun violence expert says tackling underlying inequities key to prevention


Through the news media, Americans are served an almost-daily dose of violence caused by guns. This year to date, more than 33,929 people in the United States have been killed and another 30,000+ have been injured by guns. The U.S. homicide rate for fi****ms is 22 times greater than that of the Europ...

Reducing Juvenile Delinquency


A growing body of research champions developmentally appropriate strategies for supporting young people who have crossed paths with the juvenile justice system. Instead of promoting surveillance, punishment and intensive sanctions like detention, the latest research supports strategies rooted in…


Mislabeled deaths during police encounters result in significant undercounting of racial gaps affecting Black, Latinx, and Native American minorities

National Academies Release New Videos and Illustrated Stories to Help Kids and Teens Manage Mental Health and Emotions During COVID-19


Social distancing, disrupted routines, and a lost sense of security and safety have made some kids and teens vulnerable to stress, anxiety, and depression during the pandemic. A new set of tools from the National Academies helps kids and adults build skills to cope with stress.


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Chicago, IL

General information

The Urban Youth Trauma Center at the Institute for Juvenile Research is a Treatment and Service Adaptation Center for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network aiming to raise awareness about the needs of youth and families exposed to community violence and increase access to trauma informed services in urban communities. UYTC disseminates treatment programs specifically developed to meet the needs of urban youth and families impacted by community violence exhibiting traumatic stress, who may also be engaging in risky behaviors, including conduct problems and substance abuse. Additionally, the Center provides leadership through national and local collaborations to develop and disseminate resources for consumers, service providers, and policy makers targeting urban community violence and associated problems. Finally, UYTC develops partnerships with numerous community representatives in the Chicago area to share information and resources to improve the local community’s ability to organize and mobilize responses to community violence, as they impact youth and their families.


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