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Hispanic Youth: Reversing the Damage of Adverse Experiences

Image result for children in traumatic circumstancesCan you imagine what it would be like to grow up in an area of armed conflict?  How it might feel as a child to deal with a constant threat of death, the stress of being surrounded by violence and loss?

What if I told you that almost one in four children in the United States today are in home situations just that stressful? That almost 50% of our children will experience at least one adverse childhood experience that impacts their ability to learn?  Children that have these experiences have higher risks of long-term diseases, such as diabetes, depression, asthma and high blood pressure due to the impacts of stress hormones on developing bodies.  It isn’t hard to understand that children in a constant stressful situation have higher rates of discipline issues, and are more likely to be diagnosed with ADD and ADHD or Oppositional Defiance Disorder.  To top it all off, the disciplinary systems in today’s schools will then re-traumatize the same child dealing with the behavioral issues spawned by the uncontrollable environment.

While these numbers are dire, Hispanic children in the United States are 38% more download-1likely to experience these adverse circumstances, according to a 2016 study in The American Journal of Preventative Medicine, when you add in the fact that more than 17.9 MILLION Hispanics are under the age of 18, this is a group that needs additional focus now to reduce the long-term impacts of trauma.

According to the last census data, Hispanics are the fastest growing group in the United States, and in Texas.  TGIM Digital Publishing understands how a Trauma Informed approach is imperative; this is why we are focusing our outreach efforts in Hispanic populations, ensuring a unique support approach to begin healing and empowering the next generation of Hispanic youth, through Writing for the Soul Workshop™.

Launch Our Workshop in Your Community

Many of the stories we collect through the workshop are written in Spanish, and we’re working to offer Writing for the Soul Workshop™ in Spanish, creating a multi-lingual support and mentoring system to support this population of at risk youth. We need your help to ensure that students here in Texas and around the world maintain access to Writing for the Soul Workshop™, and all of the wow factors available. Offering our program in Spanish helps to ensure youth in your community continue to access a program that offers better educational outcomes than school alone.  Through our Trauma Informed Approach, these youth will have access to the tools they need to reverse the damage of their adverse experiences and empower them to achieve the outcomes they dream of. Click here for more information on Writing for the Soul Workshop™, or use the Contact Form below to schedule a phone call to discuss implementing our program to your community.

 

10 Reasons Why We Will Never Franchise Our Programs Part 2

Last week in Part 1 of this two part series, we talked about how many small businesses and entrepreneurs create business expansion through franchising their product or service allowing others to bear the cost of their business expansion. In Part 1, we focused on key reasons that we would never franchise our Writing for the Soul Workshop™ programs. Those reasons were based on how franchising impacts the organizations operating the franchise -from the restrictiveness of the operating procedures, to cost. This week, we’ll focus on how all of the different groups that benefit from Writing for the Soul Workshop™ would be impacted if we offered the program as a franchise instead. Last week we mentioned there are thousands of reasons that we wouldn’t franchise, each with a face and a name. How our program impacts individuals and empowers communities are the focus points for the last 5 reasons we won’t franchise our program. Continue reading “10 Reasons Why We Will Never Franchise Our Programs Part 2”

10 Reasons Why We Will Never Franchise Our Programs Part 1

2014-04-12 17.32.40Almost every small business reaches a point where they search for ways to quickly grow their brands and business. As a business owner, you feel like you have a great business model, and want to expand that model quickly to help reach more customers, so you might evaluate the option of offering your business as a franchise. Franchising could mean quickly expanding your brand and reach, plus, receiving franchise fees and having others incur the cost of starting the expansion of your business. At different points during the development of Writing for the Soul Workshop™, TGIM explored the best ways to offer our program and expand our impact, including the concept of franchising Writing for the Soul Workshop™. After re-evaluating the pros and cons of franchising, we have thousands of reasons why we would never offer the program as a franchise …and all of those reasons have a face, a name, and a story. But for now, here’s five:

Reason One – Restrictive Operating Plans

Most new business owners decide to franchise because they want to own a business, but don’t necessarily have their own product or service to offer. The customer base of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is very different. Our businesses and organizations are already established, and have a mission to impact their communities in various ways. Writing for the Soul Workshop™ was developed specifically to complement what organizations offer today, and to help them continue in that mission. As a franchise, these organizations would be required to follow our specific operating models for Writing for the Soul Workshop™ within their entire organization, which could change how they operate today. We respect that our organizations have unique procedures and processes, and our goal is to compliment the organization, not dictate how they should operate. While many of the operating strategies used in Writing for the Soul Workshop™ are best practices for any mentoring organizations, we want to empower the organizations we serve, not dictate their operating procedures. Continue reading “10 Reasons Why We Will Never Franchise Our Programs Part 1”