Studies have shown that individuals who witness dangerous and life-threatening situations are at a greater risk of developing PTSD and related symptoms such as depression. Violence in our communities affects us all. However the most vulnerable to the life-long consequences of trauma (witnessed or experienced) are children. This is true to a greater extent when a child experiences the death of a family member (Pine & Cohen, 2002). Children who live in high crime neighborhoods often experience chronic traumatic events as a part of their every day experiences. “Children with past trauma histories and serious traumas may experience a ‘‘retriggering’’ of previous PTSD symptoms upon exposure to a new trauma such as a disaster” (Cohen, et. al, 2009).
In explaining the impact of exposure to chronic violent experiences as part of daily living for some inner-city children, researcher Janine Jones (2007) says the following:
Such violence has the potential to affect their emotional and cognitive development. When community violence becomes a recurring part of day-to-day life, the sense of safety and security needed for normal development can collapse or never fully develop. Additionally, when chronic violence and eminent danger replace safety in a child’s world and are combined with cultural, social, and economic risk factors, the child becomes at risk for developing emotional and behavioral disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD; Garbarino, Dubrow, Kostelny, & Pardo, 1992; Pynoos, Frederick, & Nader, 1987). This disorder has been found to be commonly exhibited by children in unsafe environments (McNally, 1993). Additionally, children exposed to violence tend to exhibit a variety of other emotional and behavioral difficulties (Flannery, Wester, & Singer, 2004; Schwartz & Gorman, 2003).
Jones (2007) further explains that, “Crime statistics have shown that communities inundated with chronic violence are typically those in high-poverty, high-ethnic-minority areas…Thus, the effects of violence are combined with the stress of living with institutionalized poverty, racism, and oppression”.
Motivate 2 Gradu8’s focus is on helping youth succeed beyond the trauma of losing a parent or a caregiver. We focus on providing bereavement support, and motivating them to complete their education.
Sponsor a Child
You can get involved by sponsoring a child by sending financial support, monthly, quarterly or annually. Your financial support will provide needed help for a child in need of help in the way of clothing and school supplies to bereavement assistance.
M2G has volunteer opportunities in many different areas, from providing office assistance/receptionist functions to organizing and hosting events.
We recognize that support can come in many forms, and oftentimes for children experiencing loss of a loved one, just a little bit of encouragement can go a long way. Corporate sponsorships are desired to promote our quarterly “Success Summit” speakers and events. Each quarter we host an event to celebrate achievement and encourage children who have experienced tragedy and loss. We would like to partner with your organization to host an event in your business facilities.
Give a Donation
Donations can be given to provide support to any of the program offered by M2G, or to the individual students needing support. Donations can be made anonymously or publicly, if the supporter desires. Donations can be paid via check, money order or credit card.