Our participatory grantmaking alters the traditional process of philanthropic giving by empowering service providers and community-based organizations to define the strategy around a specific issue area or population.
As Hopeworks began to learn more about the effects of trauma and the power of trauma–informed care, it quickly became evident that just helping youth heal was not enough. Youth could take the lead in training their own community.
Thus the Hopeworks Youth Healing Team was born.
Beginning in June of 2014, Hopeworks staff began training youth about adverse childhood experiences(ACEs) and trauma – and methods for coping and how to train others about these complex issues. So the Hopeworks Youth Healing Team got to work training teachers, educators, and other professionals. By January of 2017, the Hopeworks Youth Healing Team had trained over 1,200 people from across New Jersey. Their work has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Courier Post, SJ Magazine, and NJTV – to name just a few.
The Youth Healing Team’s youth trainers help to develop the curriculum and are paid for their work. And by contracting for paid training sessions with the school districts and youth organizations across the region, the Hopeworks Youth Healing Team is able sustain itself for growth, building opportunities for more professionals to receive critical training in trauma-informed care.