The Power of Relationships: Mentoring Youth in Appalachia

Written by Angela McMann //  Mentoring is justice. It’s doing justice to youth who have been lacking positive adult role models for a variety of reasons. There is a lot of research right now about brain chemistry after experiencing trauma in childhood. Much of that research has shown that youth who experienced trauma will experience other … Continue reading The Power of Relationships: Mentoring Youth in Appalachia

A Healing Community: Disability, the Friendship House, and Home

Written by Katie Robinson // I won’t forget the first time James called me his “little sister.” Now our chosen familial bond seems like a given, though he still harkens back to our bond during key moments in our relationship - like when we break even in a game of pool, when we walk around … Continue reading A Healing Community: Disability, the Friendship House, and Home

Refugees, Employment, & a Front Row Seat to Resilience

Written by Dan Peterson //  A collection of things occur both internally and externally when a person is forced to flee in order to secure the safety of both their own life and that of their family. The journey and traumas along the way often lead a person to deeply question their self-efficacy. A primary … Continue reading Refugees, Employment, & a Front Row Seat to Resilience

Recovering a Childhood in a Syrian Refugee Camp

Written by Janice Leung // The wind blows over the hot desert sand. The makeshift tents sway to the rhythm of the unseen source of power. Sometimes nature strikes viciously, sometimes the air stands still. When the storm rages, it sends life into chaos. Chaos of disorder, destruction, and uncertainty.   // Khaled is a … Continue reading Recovering a Childhood in a Syrian Refugee Camp