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[Los Angeles Times] Victims of bullying live with the consequences for decades, study says
Apr 22, 2014 | Article

[Los Angeles Times] Victims of bullying live with the consequences for decades, study says

Victims of bullies suffer the psychological consequences all the way until middle age, with higher levels of depression, anxiety and suicide, new research shows. The immediate ill effects of bullying have been well documented, with experts increasingly seeing it as a form of child abuse. Influential studies from Finland have made the case that people who were bullied as kids continued to suffer as young adults – girls who were bullied grew up to attempt and commit suicide more frequently by the age of 25, for instance, and boys were more likely to develop anxiety disorders.
Apr 22, 2014 | Article

[EdSource] New education funds in Los Angeles Unified must target highest-needs schools

More than 300 students, parents and community members from the Eastside of Los Angeles and South Los Angeles demonstrated during the first week of April in front of the Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters to demand that Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) dollars be directed to schools based on a comprehensive set of needs that includes academic outcomes and neighborhood conditions. Passed by the California Legislature in 2013, the formula provides school districts with additional resources specifically for foster youth, English learners and low-income students. It is an important starting point for closing the achievement and funding gap that has plagued California schools for years. New dollars for high-needs students provide school districts and their respective communities the opportunity to invest wisely.
[Reuters] The right way to help minority boys
Apr 22, 2014 | Article

[Reuters] The right way to help minority boys

The Obama administration recently hosted one of several conference calls with men of color as part of My Brother’s Keeper, a new five-year, $200-million White House initiative aimed at “helping young men and boys of color facing tough odds reach their full potential.” But according to the initiative’s website, as well as the National Center for Educational Statistics, the biggest barrier to their success is already clear: inequitable schooling, not only for boys of color, but also for girls. My Brother’s Keeper — which will bring together businesses and foundations to test strategies aimed at early childhood education, among other issues — is an important step with some promise. But if President Barack Obama really wants to improve the lives of young men and women of color, he needs to stop promoting educational policies like No Child Left Behind, which increases standardization and high-stakes testing, but fails to address racial inequities in schools.
[Reuters] Why not a war on child poverty?
Apr 22, 2014 | Article

[Reuters] Why not a war on child poverty?

President Barack Obama’s recent speeches at the LBJ Presidential Library and National Action Network marking the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty and the Civil Rights Act had a serious omission. While acknowledging “our work is unfinished,” Obama failed to mention this nation’s worst social trend: the stunning increase of children and youth living in poverty. Since 1969, the proportion of children and youth in poverty rose by 56 percent, even as the economic fortunes of the elderly improved under programs like Medicare and Social Security. Today, 32 million American children and youth are confronting poverty — including 7 million suffering utter destitution, another 9 million living in serious poverty and 16 million more in low-income households struggling just above poverty lines.
Raising the Income Prospects of Low-Income Youth
Apr 21, 2014 | Blog

Raising the Income Prospects of Low-Income Youth

Fifty years since President Lyndon Johnson declared war on poverty, America is still vexed by how to move more people up the economic ladder.  Among other challenges, our education and job training systems are typically ill equipped to prepare ...
Sons & Brothers Speak Out on Storify
Apr 21, 2014 | Blog

Sons & Brothers Speak Out on Storify

The Youth Media for Building Healthy Communities (YMBHC) folks have been very busy lately. A collaborative of youth interested in documenting their experiences and reporting on their communities work closely with media experts to produce content which ...
Apr 17, 2014 | Press Release

California Endowment Creates a Healthy Buzz with New Art Mural

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FreshWorks Funded Northgate Gonzalez Marketplace Brings Healthy Foods to South Los Angeles
Apr 15, 2014 | Blog

FreshWorks Funded Northgate Gonzalez Marketplace Brings Healthy Foods to South Los Angeles

Community and civic leaders gathered today to celebrate the grand opening of a new Northgate Gonzalez Market location in South Los Angeles, and to honor the memory of Juanita Tate, a passionate advocate for community development and higher quality of ...
Apr 14, 2014 | Press Release

City Leaders Applaud California FreshWorks Fund and Community Partners for Bringing Fresh Food and Jobs to South Los Angeles

Northgate Gonzalez Market Welcomed as Partner in Effort to Improve Access to Healthy Food
Healing and Resilience: Crime Survivors Speak
Apr 14, 2014 | Blog

Healing and Resilience: Crime Survivors Speak

It takes a special kind of courage to face down the worst experience of your life and turn it into something positive.  I recently had the privilege of spending a day with an extraordinary group of resilient people who have done just that. On April 7, ...
Apr 14, 2014 | Blog

Public Art Serving Up Health

Artist rendering of mural Art serves many purposes in addition to bringing beauty into our lives; it can also educate us about history, tell a story, and promote messages that provide positive benefits to society. The latter is happening at 1414 K ...
Participatory Budgeting Brings Equity and Fairness into School District Funding
Apr 14, 2014 | Blog

Participatory Budgeting Brings Equity and Fairness into School District Funding

A major shift in education funding in CA has created a historic opportunity to bring equity and accountability to districts. Through a new statewide tax passed by voters in 2012, millions of new education dollars are now flowing to California’s K-12 ...
[Huffington Post] Somebody Stood up for Me: We Can Reverse the Effects of Childhood Trauma
Apr 10, 2014 | Article

[Huffington Post] Somebody Stood up for Me: We Can Reverse the Effects of Childhood Trauma

Speaking of his seemingly improbable success in 2007, then-Senator Barack Obama said, "I will never forget that the only reason that I'm standing here today is because somebody, somewhere stood up for me when it was risky." Recognizing those who helped him succeed, Mr. Obama touched on a simple yet critical truth: When faced with obstacles and adversity, we need the dedication and care of others to help us succeed. Last Friday, a committed group of elected officials, public health researchers and children's advocates gathered in Los Angeles to stand up for the children in California who live with a much more stark set of realities -- children who have suffered trauma and who don't have the dedication and care that they need to thrive.
[Bakersfield Californian] Homeless Facility to Transform Warehouse Into Education Center
Apr 03, 2014 | Article

[Bakersfield Californian] Homeless Facility to Transform Warehouse Into Education Center

The Mission at Kern County has come a long way from its humble beginnings at an old train depot in 1952. Formerly known as the Bakersfield Rescue Mission, the nine-building "campus" in east Bakersfield is evolving yet again in response to changing needs in the community....
[SF Gate] Oakland Senior's Mark of Success: Top College Admissions
Apr 06, 2014 | Article

[SF Gate] Oakland Senior's Mark of Success: Top College Admissions

When Akintunde Ahmad walked into the library at Oakland Technical High School to talk to Yale University recruiters making their annual East Bay stop in January, some of the other student hopefuls turned and stared. With dreadlocks draping his shoulders, and his 6-foot-1 frame in the sweatpants and T-shirt he had thrown on after baseball practice, it sure may have seemed like this guy was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
[KPBS] San Diego County Responds To Growing Link Between Childhood Trauma And Health
Apr 09, 2014 | Article

[KPBS] San Diego County Responds To Growing Link Between Childhood Trauma And Health

San Diego County Health and Human Services director Nick Macchione sent a letter to his department last week detailing a sweep of training and programmatic tweaks to get his entire staff, and the services they offer, trauma-informed. Put simply, he wants the people who provide food stamp, unemployment, mental health, Medi-Cal and disability help in the region to be better prepared to work with people experiencing trauma.
[Al Jazeera] Poverty 'ages' genes of young children, study shows
Apr 09, 2014 | Article

[Al Jazeera] Poverty 'ages' genes of young children, study shows

The stress of growing up in a poor and unstable household affects children as young as 9 years old on a genetic level, shortening a portion of their chromosomes that scientists say is a key indicator of aging and illness, according to a study released Monday. The researchers say their findings are the first that document this type of genetic change among minority children and make a strong case for the importance of early-childhood intervention in vulnerable communities. Researchers examined the DNA of a small group of 9-year-old African-American boys who had experienced chronic stress as a result of growing up in families with poor socioeconomic status. They found that the boys’ telomeres were shorter than those of boys the same age and ethnicity who came from advantaged families.
[SF Gate] Therapists, Role Models, Spies: An Oakland school trains students to help mediate campus conflict
Apr 08, 2014 | Article

[SF Gate] Therapists, Role Models, Spies: An Oakland school trains students to help mediate campus conflict

Kyle McClerkins is in a hurry to get to his office. He just broke up a fight in the yard at Edna Brewer Middle School, and he needs to get to the bottom of it. His shirt stained with lunch milk and the sweat and spit of middle schoolers, he leaps down the stairs, runs down the checkerboard hallway, dashes past rows of fire engine-red lockers, out through the yard, into the fluorescent shell of the gym and finally into his hushed office. A dozen students, some of who witnessed the fight, arrive shortly thereafter. They sit behind desks in a big circle. His calm low voice permeating the quiet room, McClerkins soon has the students introducing themselves by passing around a “talking piece” – any little toy or object – that serves as a ticket to speak. Slowly, like a plane making its prolonged descent, they arrive at the fight. “How did it make you feel?” he asks. “What happened?” Their answers are standard middle school fare: vague and vaguely snarky, running the gamut from “I don’t care,” to “I wish they had kept fighting.” After half an hour, he dismisses them back to class in grumbling pairs.
Apr 08, 2014 | Article

[LA School Report] Post navigation Long-term impact of childhood trauma worse for low-income kids

A new study by the California Department of Public Health has found that childhood trauma has a long-term impact on a child’s life, and the consequences are far more prevalent among children from low-income families. It is an especially acute issue for LA Unified, which has among the highest concentrations of low-income students in the state, with more than 80 percent living at or below the
Schools Must Lead the Way in Overcoming Trauma
Apr 08, 2014 | Blog

Schools Must Lead the Way in Overcoming Trauma

The topic of conversation at the LA Central Public Library last Friday wasn’t the fictional worlds we visit when we read books. Instead, it was the all too familiar world California students are experiencing every day and every night in their homes ...
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