Implementing Mental Health, Psychoeducation, and Awareness for Community Trauma

IMPACT is a grant-funded school-based training program to benefit youth and their families by fostering a safe and non-anxious space for exploring and managing the presence of personal and community trauma impacting their lives.

The Impact of Violence on Youth

  • Youth in the United States experience staggeringly high rates of gun deaths and injuries (CDC, 2019).

  • Youth are also significantly harmed, both emotionally and mentally when a friend or family member is killed with a gun, when someone they know is shot, and when they witness and hear gunshots (CDC, 2019).

  • Black and Latinx children and teens are impacted by gun violence at higher rates than their white peers (CDC, 2019).

  • Exposure to gun violence has an impact on children’s and teens’ psychological and mental well-being and affects their school performance, among other factors.

  • Although Black students represent 15% of the total K-12 school population in America, they make up 25% of K-12 victims of gunfire.

  • These statistics highlight the importance of prevention and early intervention regarding psychoeducation for families about mental health and trauma from a communal standpoint.


IMPACT Training Program

  • The overarching goal of the I.M.P.A.C.T school-based training program is to educate youth and their families about the impact of personal and community trauma and to empower them by training them in skills to overcome these traumatizing experiences.

  • IMPACT brings together families and children (grade level 3rd to 8th), specifically minority families,  to discuss, explore, and illuminate psychoeducational information regarding mental health, personal trauma, and community-based trauma.

  • Components of Program:

    • Student Threat Assessments​

    • Safe & Equitable School Assessments

    • Youth-Centered Prevention Services

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If you are interested in receiving more information about how you and your family can be educated

and empowered to address the impact of personal and community-based trauma, complete the below

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