In 2018, I became a mentor at an elementary school in the Metro Atlanta Area. Coming in, I had to follow a Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, and as a mentor, I had to retrain the SEL mindset. The more I worked with the curriculum, the more I realized the students needed more. Don’t get me wrong, SEL is great, but students dealing with trauma need a more simplified version that would allow me to dig deeper.
So you may be wondering, what type of students do I work with? Let me tell you about these resilient young people! I deal with students whose parents were incarcerated and homeless. I deal with students who need love because their parents have abandoned them in some way. These are just a few challenges that my students faced at 5-12 years old. Traumatic life experiences can be difficult at any age, but especially in adolescent years. How would you navigate if you were in their shoes?
At this point, my passion is now on fire to help my students. So, I turned to my fellow teachers to seek guidance on what this group truly needed. The teachers provided great feedback, and so I began to create my social-emotional lessons. My lesson went very well, and I received great feedback from teachers, students, and counselors. Still more needed to be done, but we did cover a lot of ground.
Fast forward to 2020; we changed our program name from Expanding Social-Emotional Learning to Navigating Trauma Through Social-Emotional Learning because, at Agape Life Prevention Center, this is one of our purposes. We are helping children between the ages of 5-12 years to navigate their trauma and not carry those experiences into adulthood.
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In 2018, Tiara Bracey wanted to change how abused and neglected children are overlooked and under-supported in our educational system. I'll share essential and life-changing stories so you can better understand children who deal with trauma.