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Oakland Elementary School Uses Tupac’s Poetry to Help Children Deal With PTSD

By Jamilah King

Violence pervades many neighborhoods of East Oakland leaving youth subject to its physical and emotional repercussions. This article discusses how many communities – particularly communities of color – suffer from PTSD. This form of constant post-traumatic stress, resulting from day-to-day trauma, has been more specifically coined as CPTSD – complex post-traumatic stress disorder. This stress, caused by poverty, violence, and the overall neglect of a community, place youth at far higher risk of death than those who don’t experience such adverse living conditions.

Oakland Elementary School Uses Tupac's Poetry to Help Children Deal With PTSD
Source: Oakland Tribune

 

Oakland Elementary School Uses Tupac's Poetry to Help Children Deal With PTSD
Source: Kirwan Institute

 

Public schools within these neighborhoods don’t often acknowledge that violence and its impacts on learning and success, therefore perpetuating its existence and negative effects. Roses in Concrete Community school offers the pedagogy and dedicated, well-trained staff to combat those harsh environments and celebrate the tenacity of the children who are forced to live among it; Roses is dedicated to stopping the cycle of violence and growing confident, empowered youth with bright futures.

Oakland Elementary School Uses Tupac's Poetry to Help Children Deal With PTSD
Afeni Shakur visits a fourth-grade classroom at Roses in Concrete Community School in Oakland, California.
Source: Reena Valvani

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