Meet our youth!
Faces of Resilience
Stockton Faces of Resilience(F.O.R.) is a group of young leaders advocating for a change in policies and practices in the school system that are harmful to students affected by trauma. Trauma in the school system is rooted in racial discrimination and structural oppression. Our Faces of Resilience groups meet to learn about traumatic experiences and different ways to cope with them in their lives and school.
We currently have 3 Faces of Resilience youth groups, F.O.R. Stagg, F.O.R. Marshall and F.O.R. Healing. Stagg and Marshall are school based groups and F.O.R. Healing focuses on the Stockton Unified school district.
F.O.R. Youth speak at PHAdvocates conference
Two members of our F.O.R. healing group, Tim Vaughn and Mackenzie Cook, participated in a panel discussion at the PHAdvocates first ever Rooted in Community: Moving from Trauma to Healing Conference. They courageously shared about their personal experiences with growing up with trauma in their communities and how they’ve learned to heal from it.
Marshall Elementary Listening Session
The Marshall F.O.R. group helped organize a listening session at their school that included participation from 56 students and staff.This listening sessions raised awareness for trauma on their campus and staff learned how to support youth experiencing trauma. Valuable information was collected from this listening session to determine what types of trauma affects the Marshall student population and how they choose to cope with it.
Just Mercy Screening
To start off the new year, Stockton F.O.R. Healing group took a trip to the cinema to watch a screening of Just Mercy. The movie Just Mercy starring Michael B. Jordan depicts the story of Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer who helped exonerate Walter McMillian, a man wrongfully convicted for murder and placed on death row for 6 years. The trauma depicted in this film taught the youth group about the roots of generational trauma that continues to affect them today.