As we finalize our reports of year 1 work, we look to share details of the activities, and how this fits into the community-informed strategic plan from earlier this year (March 2017). Much of this past year was focused on building awareness about trauma-informed work for resiliency, and ensuring there are positive out-of-school activities available for youth throughout the community. We were able to move resources to local groups leading activities in sports, music, opera, and community growth- which are known (with supporting science) to promote wellbeing through social-emotional capacity (self esteem, self-confidence, perseverance) and physical health too- and we view this as a proud next step in defining Flint as a leader in community resiliency.
As we get moving in year 2, we want to ensure there are opportunities for community members to seek, receive, and benefit from our focus on trauma-informed approaches to resiliency. We will make sure there are at least 2 regular trainings available from the ReCAST team. The first info-training focuses on the definitions of trauma, and what it means in a community setting- including how community groups, parents, children, and residents are able to address it and work along side clinical providers. The second info-training shares the Community Resiliency Model- a science-backed approach to control our stress response- but designed by an extremely experienced clinical behavioral health team with more than 30 years experience working with communities (world-wide) managing trauma. This trauma-informed model deliberately seeks to meet the needs of communities (alongside clinical care), and includes skills that anyone can do. We expect these practices (used community-wide) change the trends away from re-traumatizing our community and toward a collective effort to support community change using intentional, non-traumatizing, collaborative strategies.