April 2016

Adverse Community Experiences and Resilience: A Framework for Addressing and Preventing Community Trauma

This report offers a groundbreaking framework for understanding the relationship between community trauma and violence. Until now, there has been no basis for understanding how community trauma undermines both individual and community resilience, especially in communities highly impacted by violence, and what can be done about it. Funded by Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit in Northern California, and based on interviews with practitioners in communities with high rates of violence, the report outlines specific strategies to address and prevent community trauma—and foster resilience—using techniques from those living in affected areas.


Trans Youth Leadership Summit (TYLS)

Trans Youth Leadership Summit Logo

Trans Youth Leadership Summit (TYLS) is a collaborative fellowship-style program providing young transgender people the opportunity to work toward liberation through collective organizing for solidarity, advocacy, and empowerment. TYLS fosters the skills of dozens of emerging trans leaders and puts them at the forefront of critical issues transgender people face. We are bringing together revolutionary young trans leaders to heal from transphobic violence, build communities, learn how to enact restorative justice, and create direct action. TYLS looks toward root causes rather than simply covering up the effects of anti-transgender violence.


Applications to attend the July 22-25 Summit in Los Angeles, CA are now open!


Eligibility requirements:
1. You are trans, two spirit, Hijra, genderqueer, intersex, or nonbinary (please contact us if you feel your identity should be included on this list)
2. You are located in the United States
3. You are available to go to our Summit on July 22nd-25th
4. You are a youth (under the age of 26)


TYLS hopes to be as transparent as possible in the signup process. TYLS is able to cover all expenses incurred during the summit for our participants (travel, food, etc), so please consider applying even if you are not able to pay for them yourself. You can learn more about selection and sign up using Google Forms here.
To make TYLS as accessible as possible, they also have an essay-optional video application. If you cannot apply but know someone who can, you can also nominate them!


STAR Center in Action - April, 2016

We are thrilled to offer the April issue of the STAR Center e-newsletter!

 This month, I would like to call attention to a fantastic person and organization I had the pleasure of meeting while presenting at the Youth Power/Families Together of NYS Conference earlier this month!
Chaku giving a speech behind a podium

Alex Frisina- STAR of the Month

The STAR Center will feature young people every month from across the country who are making a difference in their communities and demonstrating extraordinary leadership that you need to know about! Help us make sure young people in your community are recognized and valued by nominating someone today!