The Fall 2017 round of ReCAST supported initiatives has just been announced, and there will be at least 15 ongoing local programs that will infuse trauma-informed practices into their organizational structure, daily functions, and regular practices with the communities they service. The best part about these partners is that they have committed leadership teams that are invested in the future of Flint.
Much of the trauma-informed work that's commonly addressed is in the clinical context; with this round of support, we are supporting our primary effort of building a trauma-informed community by supporting community-based teams to get trauma-informed training, and collaborate/strategize with the ReCAST team and with each other to share these practices in community settings (to complement the ongoing clinical efforts).
As a collective, the initiatives address multiple community spaces. One partner looks to share trauma knowledge within the faith community; another plans to infuse trauma-informed language and practice into community development. As mindfulness practice continues to become the norm, yet another partner will support the trauma-informed awareness in their network of practitioners. Other teams support wellness through evidence-based family (parents and children) growth oriented programming, supporting parenting activities, and mentoring programs, including staff training about trauma-informed approaches. We're also continuing support of arts/music programs, academic support/tutoring, and after-school youth programming (all with trauma-informed teams on staff).
Coming soon- spotlights on the fantastic work of the these teams, and ways for more (of your) involvement!