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Telling the Story of Trauma and Resilience: A Thought Leader Conversation with Keith Hefner

February 22, 2018 - 2:00 pm to February 22, 2018 - 3:00 pm
Event Host(s):
The Forum for Youth Investment

There is a lot of good work these days to support adults who work with teens who have experienced trauma. 

But there is a dearth of trauma-informed stories and tools. Keith Hefner, Executive Director, Youth Communication, has made a career out of helping teens who have experienced trauma write their stories through participation in a rigorous writing program. In their stories, the teen writers demonstrate their social and emotional skills and navigate trauma to achieve their academic and life goals. These authentic youth voices are highly engaging and relevant for teens facing similar obstacles. They inspire teen readers to take positive action while also motivating them to read and write.

The stories also engage adults and underscore the strength and resilience of young people in their schools and programs. Hefner and the Youth Communication team are committed to reaching more teens--especially those whose voices and experiences are often missing from mainstream content--and the staff who work with them. This session looked at who is using these new resources and how teens are responding.

View the slides from the discussion.


Watch the recording below.

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