Young Leaders Training Cohort
- Ages 17 – 24
Preparing young leaders to build transformational classrooms
YTLC is a new program of Chicago Freedom School that will develop 12 young leaders into trauma-informed healing justice trainers for teachers, cultural workers and adult youth workers. This work will support youth of color in building agency and power to develop collective strategies and alternatives to oppressive structures and ideologies through workshops, teach-ins, research and personal knowledge.
WHAT IS TRAUMA INFORMED?
Trauma informed care takes into account the impacts on trauma on an individual’s mental, emotional and physical well being. It is incorporated into school programs, juvenile justice centers, mental health programs and more across the country. This framework emphasizes the support and treatment of the whole person, instead of treating specific symptoms and behaviors. Vast research demonstrates that addressing the root of the trauma will significantly change the course of person’s life. (https://medium.com/@ginwright/the-future-of-healing-shifting-from-trauma-informed-care-to-healing-centered-engagement-634f557ce69c)
WHAT IS HEALING JUSTICE?
“Healing justice is the practice of reimagining wholeness at the intersection of intergenerational trauma, current structures of oppression, and a generative and co-created future. We hold that joy and pleasure create possibility to be in right relationship with ourselves, each other, and the land. We strive to demystify medicine and healing and to make them accessible to everyone. We believe that each person is an expert of their own experience, body and needs, and that it is necessary to address the roots of trauma and injustice for individual and collective transformation” (Allied Media Conference 2018 Healing Justice Practice Space and Healing Justice Track Coordinators).
This approach highlights the benefits of collective healing and uses asset-based approaches to empower marginalized bodies, for their own individual healing as well as the healing of a community. This in tandem with a trauma informed care approach allows for holistic model to create awareness and empowerment for young people and future generations.
Youth Leaders Training Cohort
● Willing to master trauma informed practices and responsive to self and others, can demonstrate knowledge base through practice
● Commitment to Healing Justice work
● Interested in learning Intersectional analysis of power structures and system of oppression in urban school settings
● Develop performance skills for body and voice to lead others
● Willing to participate and develop holistic communal healing practices through circle keeping and introspective learning practices
● Familiar with popular education and experiential learning
● Has a social justice and liberation commitment and seeks a discipline of hope
● Can work collaboratively
● Fostering community among the participants and encouraging transformational attitudes throughout the programing and facilitation
● Strong desire to learn through experience and critical pedagogy
● Commitment to cultural space creation that liberates youth
● Flexible – Available for all training dates
WHO: Up to 12 leaders ages 17-24 from Chicago, with an emphasis on young leaders of color and womyn
identified people, but not limited to gender-non-conforming folx and transmen.
TO APPLY VISIT: http://tiny.cc/YLTC2020