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Rochester, NY: Educators call for action on trauma students experience at home

Feb 8, 2018, WXXI NPR Rochester, NY: Local educators discuss building resiliency for youth success http://wxxinews.org/post/local-educators-discuss-building-resiliency-youth-success Local educators packed the Memorial Art Gallery’s ballroom Thursday morning to talk about making youth more resilient to trauma. It’s the latest conversation in an ongoing community discussion about trauma and how it can negatively influence students' success. Using the results of the Monroe County Youth Risk Behavior Survey, Amy Scheel-Jones, Director of the County’s Office Mental Health, spoke to the sold-out session about self-reported levels of trauma among youth. In the survey, students indicate what’s going on at home, discuss interactions at school and overall share how they measure their self worth. … According to the report, 64 percent of local youth have experienced trauma. That could be poverty, incarceration or abuse, for example. And 40 percent have experienced two or more traumatic experiences. … “I think for a long time, as a society, it was something that we kind of maybe turned our heads to and now there’s just really recognition that ‘Wow, this happens to people we know, people in our community, our neighbors, our own family’ and if we can pay attention to it and recognize it and name it there’s things we can do,” she continued. …