May 2016

Trauma Informed Community Building Toolkit

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This toolkit documents strategies that de-escalate chaos and stress, build social cohesion and foster community resiliency over time.

The TICB model is based on five years of BRIDGE Housing’s community building work at the Potrero Terrace and Annex public housing site in San Francisco. The Potrero development is part of San Francisco’s HOPE-SF initiative to rebuild some of the most distressed public housing in the city.

At the Potrero site—as at many other public housing sites across the nation—cumulative trauma results from daily stressors such as concentrated poverty, chronic health and mental health conditions, violence, low levels of education, and structural racism and isolation. The TICB approach takes into account residents’ emotional needs and avoids re-traumatization triggers, which “traditional” models of community building may ignore or exacerbate. 

Racial Equity Assessment Toolkit

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What are Racial Equity Impact Assessments?

A Racial Equity Impact Assessment (REIA) is a systematic examination of how different racial and ethnic groups will likely be affected by a proposed action or decision. REIAs are used to minimize unanticipated adverse consequences in a variety of contexts, including the analysis of proposed policies, institutional practices, programs, plans and budgetary decisions.

The REIA can be a vital tool for preventing institutional racism and for identifying new options to remedy long-standing inequities.

SAALT: Young Leaders Institute

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Apply Now to the 2016 – 2017 Young Leaders Institute!
The 2016 YLI Cohort will focus on “Building Immigrant Justice” in our communities.

Application deadline is May 31, 2016.

SAALT is seeking 15–20 outstanding, diverse young leaders to join the 2016–2017 Young Leaders Institute. Selected candidates will join other young people from across the U.S. at the July 15–17, 2016 training in the Washington, DC metro area.
2016–2017 Institute participants will:

  • Explore key issues affecting South Asians in the U.S. This year’s Institute will focus on building immigrant justice;
  • Develop leadership skills and resources to become agents of change;
  • Design and implement a civic engagement project in collaboration with community partners. Download the 2016 Young Leaders Institute application (Word Document)
    All responses should be typed directly into this document.

The REACH Survey


Based on Search Institute research and reviews of research conducted by others, the REACH Survey is designed to gain insight into middle and high school students’ character strengths that are essential for motivating them to become self-propelled young adults. The survey examines the Relationship supports young people have in school as well as four additional components: Effort, Aspiration, Cognition, and Heart--their sparks and values. It also examines external factors experienced by youth, such as school climate, obstacles to perseverance, and perceived discrimination.

Loren Musgrave- 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!

This month the STAR Center recognizes Loren Musgrave from the Pueblo of Nambé, a tribe in Northern New Mexico. Check out her story and watch her video!



STAR Center in Action - May 2016

Chacku standing amongst the St. Croix advocates

The STAR Center was in the US Virgin Islands for the first time last month. We are grateful to already have a strong and diverse group of people and community based organizations to work with.