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Understanding the Impact of Death, Dying, and Bereavement Among Urban Youth Populations

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Death, dying, and bereavement in urban communities is an almost daily headline. Rarely is there any discussion on a national level as to how this impacts the lives of children and teenagers living in urban communities. However, death in the family and in the community has a huge impact on the daily lives of urban youth. This presentation will provide insight into the challenges faced by urban children and teenagers grieving the death of people in their lives and in their communities. Education, Mental Health, Funeral Service, Religious and Bereavement Professionals have a unique opportunity to provide support and understanding to youth in the urban community. Our panel of three professionals living and working with children and teenagers in high need urban communities will share their personal experience working with this population. They will share information about the impact of grief on the lives of urban youth, and provide insight into how to help bereaved youth in the urban community in culturally informed and sensitive ways.

This course is based on the , Understanding the Impact of Death, Dying, and Bereavement Among Urban Youth Populations created by Leon J. Henry, Alesia K. Alexander , MSW, LCSW, CT, and Kaaren Andrews, MA in 2016.

Journal/Publisher:

NAGC

Publication Date:

November 3rd, 2016

Course Material Authors

Leon J. Henry

Leon Henry is the Violence Reduction Manager for Operation Cease Fire. Mr. Henry brings over 25 years’ experience working in underserved communities, with an emphasis on addressing community responses to violence in their neighborhoods. Most recently he served as Director of Outreach & Community Engagement for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake, where he was responsible for coordinating partnerships, developing strategic plans to address community needs and service delivery. Prior to that, Mr. Henry worked with low-income fathers who were attempting to overcome barriers such as criminal backgrounds, lack of employment and poor support networks in order to re-engage themselves with their families and community.

Alesia K. Alexander , MSW, LCSW, CT

Alesia K. Alexander , MSW, LCSW, CT is the founder and Executive Director of Project KARMA, Inc. Project KARMA Inc. is a 501 ©3 non-profit organization created to support at-risk young people aged 5-18, facing loss and possible gang involvement. The work of Project KARMA Inc. seeks to empower and celebrate the potential of young people in a positive and affirming way that promotes self-esteem, validates the impact of loss on social development, and offers an alternative to gang involvement and activity.

A licensed clinical social worker in Florida, and Georgia, she is the former Coordinator of The Caring Tree Program of Big Bend Hospice, Inc. in Tallahassee, FL., and has served as consultant to grief and loss centers across the nation. She is a former member of the board of directors for The National Alliance for Grieving Children. Ms. Alexander is a regular presenter and trainer regionally, nationally and internationally on grief, loss, inclusion, and at-risk youth development.

Kaaren Andrews, MA

Kaaren Andrews earned her bachelors from Princeton University in 1993 and went on to earn her masters in educational policy from Stanford University in 1999. Currently, Kaaren is the principal at the Interagency Academy and was the recipient of Crosscut’s 2015 Courage Award for public service in Seattle for her work in steering an alternative high school through tragedy and loss.

Course Creator

Tyler Gibson

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors and social workers. It is appropriate for all levels of participants.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss how death in the family and/or community impacts the lives of Urban Youth.

  2. Describe the challenges faced by Urban Youth grieving the death of people in their lives and communities.

  3. Provide culturally informed counseling and support to bereaved Urban Youth.

  4. Recognize the importance of incorporating inclusion and restorative perspectives on diversity and inclusion as a central part of all family support and community outreach efforts.

  5. Identify at least three personal barriers that are a challenge when working with populations of difference and identify barriers to inclusion in programming and staff development.

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