A Voice From Philadelphia's Youth

Have you ever gone to sleep to the sound of gunshots?  Or woke up to them?  Well, unfortunately I have.

Living in a not so good neighborhood can be tough, especially if guns and drugs are all around you. I am an 18 year old African American woman that lives in the Frankford section of Philadelphia where there is nothing but violence all around. I have lived there for almost 10 years of my life.

Addressing the Suffering of Children

I was recently sent a link to The Mistakes Kids Make website. While taking the quiz, I was reminded of the difference between the negligible costs of my mistakes, from the potentially life-changing payment my black, 22 year old son might face for making the same mistakes.

From Risk to Resilience, From Despair to Hope: Shifting Our Framework for Responding to Harm

I think I will always remember the first time I read the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) studies, which draw a formidable link between experiences in our early lives (including abuse and neglect in the home, parents who suffer from mental illness, and exposure to violence) and our prospects for health and longevity.

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