Paving the Way to Healing and Recovery: Conversations with Young Men of Color Who Survive Violence

Location: Achievement First High School, 1485 Pacific St., Brooklyn, NY 11216




8:30 – 9:15        Registration & Networking

Coffee and snacks not provided using federal funds.

9:15 – 9:30        Introductory Remarks                           

9:30 – 11:00     For Men of Color Living is A Radical ActWhy?

Donell Penny (Common Justice)

William Evans (Fortune Society)

Derrick Scott (S.O.S. Bed Stuy)

Ray Tebout (Consultant)

Marlon Peterson (Moderator)

11:00 – 11:15  Transition/break

11:15 – 12:20  Breakout Sessions 1

Please select from the following five concurrent sessions.


  • A Terrible Thing Happened: A Trauma-Informed Approach (Music room)

Lisa Good, Crime Victims/Sexual Violence Center

  • Understanding Trauma and Learning How to Manage Stress While Focusing on Personal Goals (Library)

Whitney Rog, Center for Child Trauma and Resilience at Mount Sinai

Unique Responses to Violence

  • Growing Up and Growing Out: Providing Meaningful Assistance to Young People Exposed to Violence (Art Room)

Latania Cobb, Ramid Brown, & Khalif Harris, Newark United Against Violence/CCI


  • Understanding for Healing and Recovery (Gymnasium)

William Evans, Fortune Society

Racism, Intersectionality, and Impacts on Young Men

  • Toward the Understanding and Healing from Institutional Racism and Historical Trauma (Cafeteria)

Onaje Muid, Reality House Inc.

12:20 – 1:35     Lunch

On your own — see list of nearby restaurants. Participants may also bring lunch and eat in the cafeteria.

1:35 – 2:40        Breakout Sessions 2

Please select from the following five concurrent sessions.


  • Addressing Violence, Trauma & Vulnerability in Young Men of Color (Library)

Carolyn Strudwick, Safe Horizon Streetwork Program

  • Language of the Unheard: Digital Stories and Healing From Trauma (Cafeteria)

Linda Rich and Lisa Nelson-Haynes, Healing Hurt People

Unique Responses to Violence

  • Harmful Social Media Use and Violence (Gymnasium)

Stephanie Ueberall & Roberta Liggett, Citizens Crime Commission of NYC


  • A View Inside a Self-Knowledge Circle: Helping Young Men of Color Navigate the Pathways (Music Room)

Shameeka Mattis, Common Justice & Rommell Washington, Crime Victims Treatment Center

Racism, Intersectionality, and Impacts on Young Men

  • Trial and Error: Lessons in Healing and Systems Advocacy from the Movement to End Domestic Violence (Art Room)

Charlene Allen, Common Justice and Wanda Lucibello, Special Victims Unit, Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office

2:40 – 2:55        Transition/break

2:55 – 4:00        Breakout Sessions 3

Please select from the following six concurrent sessions.


  • Resilience, Resistance, and Recovery: Transforming Trauma and Transforming the World (Library)

Anna Ortega-Williams, Social Work Doctoral Candidate, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services

  • Trauma Informed School Counseling Practices: Exploring the Role of School Counselors in Supporting Young Men of Color (Cafeteria)

Dr. Charles C. Edwards, School of Education, Brooklyn College, CUNY & Dr. Kaemanje Thomas, Touro College

Unique Responses to Violence

  • Healing Through Service (Music Room)

Rukia Lumumba & Willard Beale, CASES

  • Theatre of the Oppressed with Court-Involved Young Men of Color (Cafeteria)

Katy Rubin, Theatre of the Oppressed


  • Coming Home and Staying Home: Moving Beyond the Trauma of Solitary Confinement and Incarceration (Gymnasium)

Teresa Hurst, Mariel Gallego, Richard Gamarra, & Iris Bowen, Spencer Cox Center for Health at the Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Institute for Advanced Medicine

Racism, Intersectionality, and Impacts on Young Men

  • Programs Created to Change the Impact of Violence and Trauma on the Brooklyn LGBT Youth and Young Adult Communities (Art Room)

David Matthews, Brooklyn Men (K)onnect; Victoria Frye, Mailman School of Public Health,

Columbia University; & Thanecha Senat, Project Accept LGBTQ Youth (ALY)

4:00 – 4:15        Transition/break

4:15 – 4:30        Guided Meditation & Closing (Cafeteria)

Rommell Washington, Crime Victims Treatment Center

4:30 p.m.           Adjourn