Rev Sanghoon Yoo, MSW, MDiv. with co-presenter: Shomari Jackson, MPA

Systematic School Change to Build Trauma Informed Community

A Breakout Session for the Reclaiming Hope Conference

This breakout session will provide a comprehensive picture of how to build a trauma informed community, working with the stakeholders from twelve sectors in the community. The foundational step of this movement takes place in the school system. The session leader has been working with schools, districts, and community colleges in the local community for years. This grant-awarded project will be illustrated with the nuts and bolts of each phase in building a trauma informed school system that includes awareness training, self-care strategies, environmental scans, and cultural and organizational change strategies.

Pastor Sanghoon Yoo, the founder of The Faithful City (TFC), has led ministries and social services at Arizona State University (ASU) and in the Phoenix metropolitan area for over two decades. He also founded the Arizona Trauma Informed Faith Community (AZTIFC), collaborating with the Arizona ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Consortium where he serves as a board member. He organizes a statewide conference and mobilizes the trauma-informed community movement. With the Arizona ACEs Consortium, he contributed to the authorship of training modules for opioid and substance use prevention and created statewide standardized ACEs training of trainers modules. As a grant awardee, he has been training school systems for years to build a healthy-living and trauma-informed community.

Shomari B. Jackson is an experienced Project Coordinator at Southwest Behavioral & Health Services, where he has developed and facilitates the South Mountain W.O.R.K.S Coalition, a nationally known youth substance abuse prevention coalition. He graduated from Arizona State University, with a BS in Psychology in 2015 and a Master’s in Public Administration in 2017. Shomari is an Adjunct Professor for Northern Arizona University’s School of Applied Human Behavior where he serves not only as a professor but as a mentor and role model for BIPOC students. Since graduating, Shomari has served on several advisory boards including the Watts Family Maryvale YMCA Advisory Board, the African Diaspora Advisory Committee of Arizona (ADACA), and currently serves as an Executive Board member for the Substance Abuse Coalition Leaders of Arizona (SACLAz). Shomari is an experienced trainer in topics of Trauma, Harm Reduction, Substance Use Prevention and Leadership. He is currently leading the Community Health & Resiliency Program, a trauma informed community building project that develops Trauma Informed Communities in South Mountain and throughout Phoenix.   

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