Trauma in the Village: Saturday

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COSEBOC Annual Gathering of Leaders
May 18-21, 2016
Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY

Special Saturday Session: TRAUMA in the Village
Location: Wyndham New Yorker

The proverbial statement, “It takes a village to raise a child” is well-known by most. For those who are elders, this proverb might easily be interpreted differently from a millennial, or maybe not. COSEBOC is proud of the “village” it has convened over the span of a decade. It is dedicated to achieving the work of framing and claiming a positive narrative for boys and young men of color. And, we are especially proud and honored to convene this 10th annual event, which is purposely intended to bring the Village together to take up responsibility for raising our boys and young men. 

However, we also recognize that in order to bring our best selves and energies to this mission, we must acknowledge an urgent reality. There is Trauma in the Village. Trauma is defined as an emotional response to a terrible event. That event then triggers shock, denial. Trauma has a devastating psychological impact and exerts extreme stress upon a person’s ability to cope. 

In reality, for too many boys and young men of color - and their families and communities -- trauma has become ubiquitous. COSEBOC believes that the Village must acknowledge the elephant in the room and do all it can to acknowledge the tremendous impact of trauma in and on the lives of boys and young men of color and their caretakers. 

On Saturday, May 21, 2016, COSEBOC will host a special session during #COSEBOC10 entitled, “There is Trauma in the Village,” designed to provide a safe space for members of the Village to share, converse, strategize and render solutions that will aid in the healing process. The conversation will be expertly facilitated and highly interactive, ultimately seeking resolutions to trauma and mental well-being via clinical research, school and community based expertise, and the insights of the Village. Invited guests include: David Johns, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans; and Marco Davis, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

This powerful event will also involve members from across the generations who have been impacted by psychological trauma and have been successful in reclaiming their lives and framing a new narrative. COSEBOC believes that it will take the entire Village to heal and raise our sons. There is Trauma in the Village…but the Village can be healed.  

Join us for this special session.