Trauma Across Generations: Engaging the African American Community

  • On-Demand Webinar
  • Recorded on Thursday, July 12, 2018
  • 1.5 hour training
  • FREE for YIPA members
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Learners' Own Words

"The instructor brought a unique perspective and a clear voice to the subject matter."

"This was amazing and very insightful! Lots of lightbulbs and realizations were going off."

"Very powerful and informative; my favorite YIPA training yet. The time flew by. A very important training for everyone working with youth at this time in our history."

Your Training Description

Historical trauma continues to impact communities of color everywhere. Having a big picture perspective of the many factors at play will help you be more aware of your own biases. You will then be able to more effectively engage in authentic and meaningful conversations surrounding race, trauma, and inequality with the youth you serve. Increase your awareness of the link between historical and intergenerational trauma, community challenges, and effective engagement with the African American community.

Your Learning Objectives

  • Gain a better understanding of the link between historical trauma and the challenges faced by youth in the African American community
  • Learn about culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed best practices
  • Understand the importance of challenging your own conscious or unconscious perceptions and biases that could have unintended consequences

Your Trainer

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Sam Simmons, AA, LADC, is a behavioral consultant with over 28 years of experience specializing in practical, culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed work with African American males and their families with a focus on addressing chemical dependency, interpersonal violence, and historical trauma. Sam is the co-creator of the African American Community of Practice (AACP) which aims to increase culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed resources for the African American community by increasing the capacity and number of African American professionals and paraprofessionals. For over 9 years Sam developed and managed a culturally-specific, trauma-informed project and curriculum that engages African American males to promote healthy relationships to end violence against women and girls and community violence. He is an Adverse Childhood Experience Interface Trainer in the state of Minnesota. He was awarded the 2009 Governor’s Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives Best Practices Award for his work with MN Department of Veterans Outreach Services, prison reentry, and the African American community. Sam received the 2016 Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma Award and the Black Tear Drop Award for his vision and leadership in culturally-sensitive, trauma-informed work in the community and around the country. In 2017, Sam received the Champions for Children Award from the Minnesota Communities Caring for Children for his work in making the world a better place for children. He is co-host of “Voices,” a radio show on KMOJ FM that addresses issues of the urban community. Sam is co-creator of the groundbreaking and visionary conference, Community Empowerment Through Black Men Healing.

Your Competency Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around a broad framework of eight youth work competencies. The competency focus of this training is: INTERCULTURAL ENGAGEMENT.

You'll raise your awareness to embrace diversity, foster equity, ensure inclusion, recognize and address bias and prejudice, and cultivate respect for all cultures.

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