WMU: Which States Have the Highest Rates of Adverse Childhood Experiences?

WMU: Which States Have the Highest Rates of Adverse Childhood Experiences?

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New Resource:

Report: Five States Where Kids Suffer High Rates of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Chronicle of Social Change – 3.14.18

According to a new Child Trends report, Arizona, Arkansas, Montana, New Mexico and Ohio are the five states with the highest percentage of children living with three or more adverse childhood experiences (ACES). ACEs are traumatic events that can include losing a parent to incarceration or death, racial discrimination, or parental divorce or separation. Nationwide, one in 10 children experiences three or more ACEs by age 18. In comparison, that number is one in seven across the five highlighted states.

“There is growing interest in understanding the prevalence of these experiences across different communities in the United States, and how to prevent and respond to them,” said the report. “One mechanism responsible for these effects—toxic levels of stress—can be substantially buffered by a stable and supportive relationship with a caregiver.”

Access the full report here.

Upcoming Events:

Webinar: Supporting College Success for Youth and Young Adults with Lived Experiences in Foster Care

Pathways RTC – 4.3. 2018, 10am – 11am PT / 1pm – 2pm ET

This webinar will highlight programs to help young adults, particularly those with mental health stressors and foster care experience, achieve educational success. The online presentation is open to incoming and current college students seeking resources in their educational communities, as well as providers, researchers, and youth advocates.

Register here.

San Mateo County Youth Commission Survey

Young people ages 12 to 25 who live, work, and/or go to school in San Mateo County are invited to take a survey on marijuana knowledge, attitudes, and behavior among young adults. Survey information is anonymous and will assist in the creation of a San Mateo County marijuana education campaign. Participants can also enter a raffle to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

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Youth Advocate Program

WestCoast Children’s Clinic – Spring 2018

The Youth Advocate Program (YAP) is a three-year training and employment program for young adults, ages 18-24, who have been in Alameda County foster care. YAP provides participants with advocacy skills, career training, and opportunities to improve the foster care system.

Interested applicants must attend one of three upcoming information sessions (March 27, March 30, or April 6). See this flyer for more information.

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M Live – 3.15.18

What It’s Like to Lose a Sibling to Suicide

VICE – 3.13.18

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