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New Haven Trauma Coalition

Trauma. It can present itself through poverty, violence in the home, divorce, or abuse. United Way recognizes that children have a hard time learning when they are struggling with the impact of trauma in their lives.  As a partner in the New Haven Trauma Coalition, United Way brings partners into New Haven schools to help kids improve their mental well-being and thereby increase their ability to focus and succeed in school.

United Way helps community organizations and schools develop partnerships to bring new services and programs into schools.  These programs include yoga, dancing, storytelling, animal therapy, high ropes courses, and mindfulness programs. Students who need clinical support can also receive it. The purpose is to help kids connect with each other and caring adults. The programs also help students unwind, make friends, and build confidence and resilience.

Students are learning positive strategies to deal with anger, loss, and conflict. This means they will grow into happier, healthier, and more successful adults. And that means a healthier, more vibrant community for all of us.

  • 17 New Haven Trauma Coalition partners held 2,155 sessions in the 2016-2017 school year.
  • ALIVE (Animating Learning by Integrating and Validating Experience) brought 1,523 one-on-one sessions and 321 classroom sessions to schools to address trauma.
  • United Way supports 29 programs in the New Haven Trauma Coalition in New Haven Public Schools.

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