Giving Compass' Take:

• The 74 highlights a $22 million Multi-Tiered System of Support Initiative in California, which aims to radically shift the way we engage with students affected by trauma. 

• How can donors drive action and inspire other states to give students this kind of support? How can we take a deeper look into this area of education reform?

Here's an article on supporting young people in the face of violence and trauma. 


Twenty years ago, a groundbreaking study by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed the ubiquity of childhood trauma and its long-term impact on health and behavior. I was in my sixth year of college at the time, struggling to focus on my coursework as I recovered from years of watching my alcoholic father physically and psychologically abuse my mother, while worrying that my brother would overdose from drugs as he attempted to cope with the dysfunction in our home.

In the decades since, experts have found that childhood trauma is more prevalent in low-income communities of color and can leave children with disabling forms of anxiety and depression. As any educator knows, these emotional burdens interfere with children’s ability to learn and grow.

Read the full article about California's support to schools treating kids with trauma by Alfredo Rubalcava at The 74