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New Haven Trauma Coalition

Trauma. It can present itself through poverty, violence in the home, divorce, or abuse. United Way believes everyone should be physically and mentally healthy. That’s why we bring partners into New Haven schools to help kids connect with each other and caring adults. These programs help students unwind, make friends, and build confidence and resilience.

We’re talking about yoga, dancing, storytelling, animal therapy, high ropes courses, and mindfulness programs. Students who need clinical support can also receive it.

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, working to broker effective partnerships between schools and community-based organizations; collect data on the impact of programs; and raise awareness about the importance of trauma-informed care among community providers.
  • The New Haven Trauma Coalition is a partnership with Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic and the City of New Haven.

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