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Somebody Stood Up For Me

May 6, 2014
Skirball Cultural Center
Los Angeles, CA

SOMEBODY STOOD UP FOR ME, an all-day interactive Summit in Los Angeles on May 6, will gather an inspiring group of innovators, leaders, doers, and trailblazers to collaborate on the strategies and solutions that are meeting the challenges of childhood trauma and toxic stress in families, schools and communities.

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Please join 100 creative thinkers who will exchange ideas and share their perspectives from health, education, justice and community-based organizations.  Now is the time to build a roadmap that will advance clear policy goals and expand programs that assure trauma-informed services that will allow children to heal and thrive.

Who stood up for you?  Throughout the day, we’ll hear from youth who will share their personal stories about the “Somebody” who helped them overcome obstacles and build resilience.

The goal is the create shared understanding of the lifelong consequences from exposure to violence and trauma and emerging knowledge about how to promote resilience, healing, compassion and empathy.

Brain science is rapidly advancing our knowledge about brain development and its connection to our children’s health. We know that violence and trauma experienced by children at home, in communities and at school can slow their normal development and cause depression, anxiety and PTSD, as well as other chronic diseases. Hear from three top innovators about the growing body of research documenting the intimate connection between brain and body. What is the latest thinking and emerging practice about the interplay of mental health and toxic stress? What are the latest ideas about how to build services and supports for positive life outcomes even in the face of adversity?

Join this conference for these and many other great discussions:

Call to Action
Tony West, J.D. Associate Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice

How Brain Science Can Change Your Mind
Nadine Burke-Harris, M.D., Center for Youth Wellness
Victor Carrion, M.D., Stanford University
Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, Ph.D, Greater Good Science Center, University of California, Berkeley

The Healing Community
David Bornstein, New York Times
John Deasy, Ph.D, Los Angeles Unified School District
Bob Ross, M.D.,The California Endowment
Robin Saenger, Peace4Tarpon Trauma-Informed Community Initiative, Tarpon Springs, Florida

Performance by Get Lit, a youth literacy organization
Conversation with William Gay, Cornerback, Pittsburgh Steelers

Register now!

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