For children in New Haven, early exposure to traumatic experiences can take a heavy toll on their social development, their emotional and physical well-being and negatively impact their chances at success in school and in life. Recent events in Newtown highlight the devastation a community can face when mental health disorders are ignored and untreated. The social and financial cost of ignoring childhood trauma is enormous.
Fortunately, this course can be corrected. Research has shown that a child who is exposed to trauma but who receives treatment may not only heal, but thrive. Simple interventions and treatment can make a huge difference. Based on this knowledge, a working group was put together to develop a plan to address the lack of screening of and treatment for the trauma in New Haven’s children and young adults.
The working group partners included the New Haven Public Schools, the City of New Haven, Boost!, the Yale Child Study Center, The Foundation for Arts and Trauma, Clifford Beers Clinic, the United Way of Greater New Haven, Comer School Development Program, the New Haven MOMS Partnership, the New Haven Family Alliance and more.
Today, I joined Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro and State Senator Toni Harp to announce the result of the group’s work: The Community Resilience Initiative.
Briefly, the Community Resilience Initiative aims to:
• screen children and young adults for trauma
• provide treatment as necessary
• educate the community about the lifelong negative impacts that can result from untreated trauma through a public health media campaign
• train families and key providers in trauma-informed care
We know about the negative impacts of untreated childhood trauma. We know that it can lead to an increased risk of violence, of dropping out, of incarceration and physical health problems. But we also know that with relatively simple interventions, these negative consequences can be significantly reduced or eliminated. It is our responsibility as a community to make this happen.
The full description of The Community Resilience Initiative is posted in two parts on the City’s website.
For part 1, go here
For part 2, go here
Calling All Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs: Project Storefronts Wants You!
The City of New Haven’s Department of Art, Culture & Tourism is seeking new creative talent for Project Storefronts – and for its newly created window art installation program VIEWseum: Look, Learn, Shop!
Artists who work in all mediums are encouraged to apply. For more information about Project Storefronts and VIEWseum and to learn how to apply, go here
The Grid Opens in New Haven’s 9th Square Innovation District
Last week, I attended the grand opening—or launch—of The Grid. The Grid is an innovation hub that provides support for start-up companies and entrepreneurs with resources such as space, talent, capital, education and a supportive entrepreneurial community to help the companies grow and succeed. The Grid administered by the Economic Development Corporation of New Haven, serves New Haven and Middlesex Counties.
The Grid is housed in The Grove 2.0 at 95 Orange Street. The Grove is a co-working space and idea that was originally tested as a Project Storefront. Both are located in the City’s 9th Square Innovation Hub that is home to other creative entities including the Boarse, another co-working space and Make Haven, which bills itself as “a gathering place and workshop for makers, creators, tinkerers and dreamers.” Make Haven supports development and collaboration on a wide variety of projects, including mechanics, electronics, crafts, digital art, biology and woodworking.
For more information about services provided by The Grid, visit their website here
For more information about the 9th Square, go here
The Youth@Work application deadline is Friday, March 28, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. For more information, go here
New Haven Public High School Seniors: the New Haven Promise application deadline is March 31st. For more information on how to apply, go here
Eastview Terrace Leasing Opportunities Are you or someone you know presently looking for a comfortable place to live that will offer you a sense of community and features created for a comfortable living lifestyle?
If your earnings are between 50% to 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), then we invite you to consider Eastview Terrace townhouses, which are located in a revitalized neighborhood.
Deluxe apartments featuring 1, 2, 3, and 4, bedroom units at an affordable price. It’s all about living well in a home that you will love with the convenience of easy access to shopping and other amenities.
The first 150 Applications will be selected by first come— first serve basis and will be used by Eastview Terrace to construct a lottery. The applications will be accepted postmarked by March 12, 2013 for the Low Income Public Housing Program ONLY. Please return all application to PO BOX 8745 New Haven, CT 06531.
To apply, please contact our office at 203-468-5608 or visit our website at www.elmcitycommunities.com.