Can you imagine what it would be like to grow up with the constant threat of death in your neighborhood, or the stress of being surrounded by violence and loss?

What if I told you that almost one in four children in the United States today are in home situations just that stressful? That almost 50% of our children will experience at least one adverse childhood experience that impacts their ability to learn?  Children that have these experiences have higher risks of long-term diseases, such as diabetes, depression, asthma and high blood pressure due to the impacts of stress hormones on developing bodies.

Larry Gilmore, Director at West Central Sports Complex understands that a Trauma Informed Approach is imperative; this is why he’s added our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ program as an option for students during Spring Break. Adding our program as a viable option to what WCSC already has in place, ensures a unique support approach to help students learn social emotional techniques that can help them thrive -no matter their situation in life.

West Central Sports Complex Spring Break 2019

Students at West Central Sports Complex accessed our program during Spring Break. Chels (Pictured Left) helped out as a mentor and did an amazing job! Oprah Winfrey said that a mentor is someone who allows YOU to see the hope inside yourself. Mentors like Chels, gives local area youth in her community hope. Sometimes …that’s enough.

My Thoughts by Chels

As a mentor for writing for the soul workshop, I’ve had a good time. I got paid on time and heard great stories. Some touched my heart. One girl who I go to school with said she was experiencing bullying. That made me feel bad because I didn’t know that was happening and I didn’t do anything about it. To help her feel better, I gave her my number.

Lately when I’ve been seeing her, she looks very happy. I think she just needed friends to help her know that she isn’t ugly, and is worth way more than she thinks. Working with this program has been amazing and worth the time. I loved it.

Social Emotional Learning

Using writing as a Social Emotional Learning tool, our program helps youth and young adults to manage the impact of emotions on their relationships with others. Our focus is Emotional Intelligence. Not academic excellence. The thing is: our children need them BOTH to thrive.

The writing program has been effective in schools, churches, Boys & Girls Club, and various other organizations. The impact is the same everywhere we go: many begin the healing process from whatever pain they’re feeling inside. They stop cutting, selling drugs, being promiscuous, bullying, and most importantly, they develop a love of writing to help them process all of their experiences in a healthy way.

Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non‐profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ are tax‐deductible to the extent permitted by law. Who knows. Your donation could be the one that help us to prevent another teen suicide.

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