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Unlocking Worker Well-Being: Transforming Youth Justice from the Inside Out

March 24, 2022

The sixth On the Road to Unlocked!: Investing in Our Children and Our Communities event addressed vicarious trauma in youth justice reform work, focusing on the needs and well-being of those who work in the field and exploring the idea of compassion fatigue. In the session, “Unlocking Worker Well-Being: Transforming Youth Justice from the Inside Out,” panelists Shawn Ginwright, PhD; Patricia K. Kerig, PhD; and Rhonda V. Magee (J.D., M.A. Sociology) shared their unique perspectives and provided therapeutic guidance to the group during the presentation and live Q&A. The event raised awareness to help normalize stressors related to fulfilling the responsibilities of transformative youth justice program practitioners and advocates so that they are equipped to give their best and persevere in the work.

The ongoing Unlocked! series highlights how a culturally responsive community-based continuum of care can serve as an alternative to ineffective youth justice approaches that disproportionately harm Black and Brown youth. The series is co-sponsored by National Human Services Assembly, Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., and The Social Justice Initiative at Bryn Mawr College.