Unpacking the Invisible Backpacks of Youth


At the heart of the social-emotional learning and trauma-informed movements is the goal of teaching students how to connect with others in healthier ways. The road toward healthy relationships involves understanding the multi-faceted identities that our students and teachers bring into the classroom and creating a school culture that honors these identities. These presentations will share strategies for creating a culturally-responsive classroom that maximizes the tools from social-emotional learning and trauma-informed practices to promote healthy relationships in the classroom.

Who Is This For?

Anyone working with or supporting youth who come from culturally diverse backgrounds or have experienced adverse life events.

Key Outcomes

✔ Gain insight into support for building trust in order to advocate or work with youth.

✔ Learn strategies for developing an authentic relationship with young people who’ve experienced adverse life events or have a cultural background different than yours.

✔ Understand more about the intersection of identity, trauma, and mental health