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National Mental Health & Trauma Awareness Month

May marks National Mental Health Awareness Month and National Trauma Awareness Month. This month I reflect on my previous and current work with trauma…

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Honoring the Invisibilities of Women’s History Month  

Content warning: violence against women, physical forms of violence, sexual violence, rape, domestic violence, colonial violence, trauma, bystander    Woman’s History Month was something that…

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International Women’s Day

A few years ago, I worked as an Event Specialist for corporate grocery retail. My job included leading cooking demonstrations and creating department and…

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Support Black Community as an Ally 

Disclaimer: this post is a reflection of a staff member. I do not claim to be an expert on anything, with the exception of…

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Black History Month Highlight: Project Oz

During Black History Month, ICOY invited member organizations to join the celebration by submitting a blog post highlighting a black hero who has impacted…

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Meet the Rising. Elevating. And. Leading. (R.E.A.L.) Youth Initiative

Background of the R.E.A.L. Youth Initiative Rising. Elevating. And. Leading. Youth Initiative (R.E.A.L.) is an unassociated group facilitated by previously incarcerated young people. It…

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Black History Month

7 Ways to Honor Black History Month – ICOY Assistant Executive Director Sarah Daniels While it has been proven time and time again of the…

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Continuing the Conversation: LGBTQIA+ Youth Homelessness

Recently, ICOY’s blog posts have detailed the importance of addressing LGBTQIA+ youth homelessness. This issue is a pervasive one, with LGBTQIA+ youth experiencing disproportionate…

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Meaningful Strategies to Address DCFS/ POS Worker Safety

In the wake of two murders of child welfare workers while on the job, keeping frontline staff and families safe is our top priority….

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Strengthening Practices for LGTBQIA+ Homeless Youth through Trauma-Informed Care

ICOY’s November blog post recognized Youth Homelessness Awareness Month. The post highlighted several demographics of youth which face disproportionate incidences of homelessness. One of…

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