The Providence Children and Youth Cabinet (CYC) was highlighted in a Providence Journal article about CYC's 2015 Annual Report Card and the important work members are doing to help Providence children who have experienced trauma.
Some Providence middle school students show signs of trauma
by Linda Borg
Providence Journal (12/6/15)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The city's children are in the middle of a "trauma crisis," according to the staff manager of the Providence Children and Youth Cabinet.
Of the 80 middle school children screened for post traumatic stress disorder, more than 80 percent exhibited some of the early signs of this condition, said Matthew Billings, project manager for the cabinet, a coalition of 70 organizations committed to improving the well-being of children in Providence.
"We know it's out there," Billings said Friday. "That's why kids are not going to school. We really need to get more information about the level of trauma."
The youth cabinet isn't just gathering data. It is asking its 175 active members to help the district find solutions to some of these previously intractable problems.
"The goal is to get the right resources to the right kids using the right data," Billings said.
The Children and Youth Cabinet (CYC) is a coalition of approximately 70 organizations and 175 active individual members who are committed to using their collective resources to improve outcomes for all children and youth in the Providence Public School District (PPSD). Over the past two years, AISR has provided planning, research, and communications support to the CYC. More information about CYC.