Illinois Valley Schools and Community Partners is a group of school and community agency administrators who have the goals of
1) collaborating effectively to better serve IV youth
2) ensuring that more intensive services (wraparound) are available to our most at-risk youth
3) training all our organization staff and our community members how to provide trauma informed care
Our group collaborates through quarterly meetings that are focused on updating each other about resources and are focused on our goals. We have identified intensive family wraparound services through Options and the Department of Human Services’ Self Sufficiency program and we support Youth Service Teams at local schools to become more effective in helping students with multiple needs succeed.
We are sharing our skills to educate all about the importance of providing trauma informed care. This type of care reflects information gathered in a survey by Kaiser Permanente that revealed a strong correlation between negative childhood experiences and later health and achievement problems. Trauma informed care is the skills and information needed to interact with people who have faced traumas in ways that helps them calm down, think more clearly, and maintain better relationships.
Allcare is sponsoring monthly trauma informed training for staff at all Three Rivers Schools. Scott Polen, Principal of Lorna Byrne Middle School, is sharing that training with several community partner agencies at the a monthly meeting at the Illinois Valley Family Resource Center Building. Nicole Rensenbrink form Healthy U has also provided trauma informed training at Project Baby Check and the Dome School and is coordinating a trauma informed subcommittee at Allcare’s Behavioral Health Network.
The Illinois Valley Schools and Community Partners group is working together with the ultimate goal that every child will have a safe and successful education.