Building a Healing-Centered Future
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Join Us for Trauma-Informed Awareness Month 2023 
The Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative proudly joins partners, advocates, policymakers, and community members across Illinois in commemorating the fifth annual Trauma-Informed Awareness Month! Join us as we reflect on this year’s theme, Building a Healing-Centered Future: Solutions from the Community, and continue to work together to create responsive, trauma-informed systems that support healing and resilience for all communities. Each week in May, we will focus on a specific theme and send an email spotlighting related initiatives, events, actions, and resources so you can stay involved throughout the month. Make sure to check out our Trauma-Informed Awareness Day 2023 Toolkit for an expanded list of resources and sample social media messages.

We will culminate the month with our annual Trauma-Informed Awareness Day event on May 25, 2023.

May 8 – 12 Theme of the Week: Education & Youth
This week’s theme focuses on education and youth. Over a third of Illinois youth have experienced an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), such as abuse, neglect, poverty, discrimination, and community violence. Children exposed to ACEs are at higher risk for short and long-term consequences, including academic challenges, being bullied or bullying others, mental illness, and chronic health conditions in adulthood. Schools and youth-serving agencies have a unique opportunity to mitigate and prevent the effects of trauma by providing supportive, healing environments for all children to thrive.

Check out the actions you can participate in below and follow Health & Medicine on social media this week as we share information to help educators, school leaders, and youth-serving professionals support youth impacted by trauma.

Events, Actions, and Resources for the Week 
Register for the fifth Annual Trauma-Informed Awareness Day! Hosted on May 25, 2023, this year’s event will feature keynote speakers and interactive discussions highlighting solutions from the community for a healing-centered Illinois.


Register here
Check out our Trauma-Informed Awareness Day Toolkit for resources and sample social media posts related to this week’s theme!


Mark your calendars for the Bright Promises Foundation Youth Council’s Trauma-Informed Awareness Day Youth Takeover on Thursday, May 25! Follow Bright Promise Foundation on social media to learn about racial trauma directly from young people themselves and discover how you can take action to promote youth healing and resiliency.

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Youth leaders representing communities across Metropolitan Chicago will share information, resources, and personal reflections about the trauma caused by racism and how it impacts their lives and communities, and offer powerful calls to action for how we can make our communities trauma-informed and healing centered. Learn more at

Register for these summer workshops and conferences!

How to Support Students Facing Trauma: Self-Taught Art and Other Tools (May 20, 2023): Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art invites Chicago Public Schools and Chicagoland educators to a one-day workshop where participants will learn how trauma shows up in the classroom and trauma-informed approaches to support students. Participants will earn CPDUs for their participation. Register here.

Trauma Informed Educators Network (TIEN) June Conference (June 22-23, 2023): The fourth annual virtual Trauma Informed Educators Network (TIEN) Conference will take place from June 22nd to 23rd and offer participants a space to share ideas and strategies to advance trauma-informed education systems. Register here.

PACEs Connection Trauma-Informed School Leadership Institute (July 25-27, 2023): The second annual virtual Trauma-Informed School Leadership Institute will provide school leadership personnel with tools and strategies to transform their schools into trauma-informed, healing-centered environments. Register here.

Using Healing-Centered Engagement to Address Youth Trauma & Mental Health: Watch the recording of the Out-of-School Time Impact Group’s March 2023 convening, featuring Dr. Shawn Ginwright. Dr. Ginwright shares healing-centered engagement strategies to help youth-serving organizations support youth who have experienced trauma.
Tell us what you’re up to! Do you have an event, action, or resource related to Trauma-Informed Awareness you’d like us to feature? Let us know here or email, and we will share on our pages!
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