Afterschool Webinar:

Caring for Children and Youth in Crisis, Part II

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2020 02:00 PM ET

Caring for Children and Youth in Crisis, Part II: How to Create Healing-Centered Environments in Afterschool

About this webinar:

The word “crisis” comes from the Latinized form of the Greek word krisis, meaning "decisive point in the progress of a disease.” It denotes a critical juncture at which change is inevitable, for better or worse. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues and the civil unrest persists around the country in the wake of the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, it is well-known that the US is facing a mental health crisis among our children and youth. In partnership with American Institutes for Research & the Forum for Youth Investment, the Afterschool Alliance is excited to announce a series of webinars focused on the why and how of implementing trauma-informed approaches in youth development programs. In a series of three webinars we will discuss the importance of trauma-informed approaches in out-of-school time settings, and the critical role that afterschool and summer program providers and networks can play in helping youth manage and recover from trauma.

The first webinar in this series provided an overview of what we know about the effects of adversity on child and adolescent brain development, with an eye toward why trauma-informed practices are so important and offered practical tools and strategies for programs to employ when working with youth who may be dealing with trauma. In this webinar, the second of the series, we will dive into the implications of this research for youth development practitioners at both the systems and program level. In this webinar, we will provide concrete examples of how programs are ensuring or can ensure that they are providing safe and supportive environments that are centered on healing.

Join us for a conversation with experts in the field who will provide practical tips and suggestions on how to create healing-centered environments in afterschool programs, ensure educational equity, and discuss the important role of youth development programs in addressing adverse childhood experiences.


  • Shawn Ginwright, Founder and CEO, Flourish Agenda, Inc.
  • Ebony Grace, Chief Operating Officer, NJSACC
  • Salma Villarreal, Program, Community, and Engagement Coordinator, ourBRIDGE for KIDS
  • Deborah Moroney, Managing Director, American Institutes for Research (Moderator)