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Using Storytelling to Build the Beloved Community
Teaching Resilience, Community Collaboration and
Leadership, Creative Problem Solving to Our Youth.
The LLDTP workshop addresses community challenges through performance art and Trauma Informed Care (TIC) facilitation, tackling a variety of social concerns such as incarceration, school violence, bullying, peer pressure, addiction and race inequity.
"There were things I felt but didn't know how to talk about. Learning about trauma through sharing stories with others, listening and standing in my truth, without judgment, helped me to understand my pain. And gave me a way to work through it." - Petersburg High School youth (age 16)
The Virginia Department of Health/ Crater District held the Beyond ACES Summit 2017 in the City of Petersburg. The goal was to engage and inform community about Adverse Childhood Experience and offer ways to deal with trauma. This video captures the AND THEN There's Hope Project that brought together teens and seniors to tell the story of a city struggling with multiple economic hardships and historic trauma. Yet it also reveals the resilience of the generations that call it home.
Youth peace advocates visit Children at Pine Camp Cultural Arts Center in Richmond Virginia as a goodwill gesture to promote peace and non - violence in our communities. These 16 young adults sang, danced and shared heart wrenching stories that echo the lives of children all over the world. This event was co-facilitated by the Peace Culture Club. firstname.lastname@example.org
Therapeutic Art and Creative Storytelling addressing:
Danita Rountree Green (R Satiafa) is an author, playwright and trauma healing facilitator, conducting creative workshops addressing various forms of trauma. Using the art of storytelling, Danita unravels self-defeating narratives, helping people move through personal, generational and historical trauma using Spoken word / Visual Arts and Crafts / Performance Art / Movement
Generations Connecting Through Stories
The collective impact of storytelling promotes cohesiveness in a community, bridging young and old, past and present, the wisdom of long-time stakeholders (seniors) and new community investors (youth). Storytelling as a therapeutic word-based art activity is an innovative means of teaching values, traditions and creative problem solving. The collected stories are workshopped to uncover interesting similarities and unique differences in the lives of the youth and the elders. The elders sharing “how I got over” personal stories that demonstrate resilience. In turn, the teens will perform their ACE stories live with each story revealing what they have learned AND how to move through difficult times, building resilience. Our Senior and Teen Storytellers become performers, therapeutically acting out situations and events shared in their commun
Activities combining cognitive and motor skills always provide a way to tell a more in-depth story.
Leadership and diversity training programs are also available.
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Surry County, Va. youth learn the importance of dealing with trauma and the resilience that comes from TIC training. Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect. They may also include household dysfunction, domestic violence and substance abuse. These teens are learning how to move through their own trauma and be a support to others.