#SolutionoftheWeek: So we’re gonna heal?

The #Solutionoftheweek is a recent article from the Columbia Chronicle that highlights how school services in Chicago are ameliorating the impact of gun violence by treating childhood trauma.

Bullets don’t only hurt those who are hit by them. Children who witness gun violence usually suffer from a number of mental after-effects such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety. These symptoms often result in impediments that promote a cycle of more violence for the child.

Find out how counselors, mentors, and other caseworkers are helping in Chicago: http://www.columbiachronicle.com/metro/article_567e9a82-faee-11e6-8f43-6b1b760f1e81.html

Philadelphia has its own notable trauma intervention program. Healing Hurt People program at Drexel University also attempts to heal the emotional trauma that result from gun violence. Read more about it here: http://www.cleveland.com/healthfit/index.ssf/2016/06/philadelphias_healing_hurt_peo.html

Data could be key to success for Philadelphia Reentry Coalition

Philadelphia Reentry Coalition wants to solve for the ‘severe lack of data on returning citizens’ – Generocity Philly

That was before we met Aviva Tevah . Tevah is the coalition’s ambitious young director, a subject matter expert with a stacked criminal justice résumé: Nearly two years working at Rikers with a New York-based reentry nonprofit, another two working with reentrants at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Education, a year with New York Reentry Education Network.

Deaf and incarcerated

In Philly, signing a change in reentry narratives

Yes, quite literally, signing. Reentry is suddenly a hot topic. Google alerts for reentry-related articles pointing to individuals and programs grappling with the challenges encountered by the formerly incarcerated fill my inbox every morning. But even amid the din of suddenly hot topics there are noteworthy silences and near silences.

Motivation and self-affirmation help recently paroled women face the past and prepare for the future

Mothers in Charge grads exchange prison uniforms for caps and gowns

North Philadelphia resident Debra Wilson has donned various forms of attire to signify where she was in life. Her first was the military camouflage of a drill sergeant. Her next was the uniform of a prison inmate. On Wednesday, Wilson joined 11 other women in royal blue caps and gowns for the fourth annual Women Working for a Change graduation ceremony.

Attorney in Kensington helping to expunge criminal records and protect victims of wage theft

This young lawyer is expunging records and fighting wage theft in Kensington – Generocity Philly

The United States was founded on the restoration of rights, and Americans have historically taken pride in the civil liberties and individual freedoms we offer the people who live here. But the country hasn’t always done a great job of making sure people know how their rights can protect them.

Mentorship as a tool to prevent re-offending

Could this one simple idea stop the revolving door to prison?

At age 35, Jermaine Myers has spent most of his adult life incarcerated. The cycle started when he was 16, charged with armed robbery as an adult. He got out at age 21 with the idea of getting a commercial driver’s license. Instead, he said, “I went back to drugs and guns within two months.”