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  • September 6, 2017

    Directors’ Showcase: Jonathan Samuels Advocates for Local Youth

    From a very early age, Jon Samuels witnessed his family’s commitment to the community. “My parents never pushed politics but they were passionate through their work in the medical and mental health fields as well as their broader commitment to the community. They strongly believe in fairness and justice for everyone. That had a big …

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  • August 14, 2017

    Warehouse Concert for Cause

    On July 15th, Taed Cejtin, an Evanston local, organized “Warehouse Concert for Cause” at Hammer & Pixel Studio – a videography studio on Custer Street owned by Taed’s father, Steve Cejtin. The concert – featuring six local performers with music ranging from hip-hop to blues to rap – benefited the Moran Center. Approximately 200 people attended, raising …

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  • July 12, 2017

    Creating Trauma-Informed Space

    June 9th was our annual Moran Center Clean Up Day. Fresh out of Trauma Workshops, we approached our Clean Up Day with an eye toward creating spaces in which our clients could feel safe. We freshened up our conference room, front office, and social work offices with a calming, warm paint color. We rearranged furniture to promote a sense …

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  • June 26, 2017

    Becoming a Trauma-Informed Community

    How can we as a community stop punishing children who have lived punishing lives? Everyone – whether you are a teacher, counselor, coach, parent, classmate, school safety officer, police officer, lawyer, judge, or community member – can benefit from understanding that children who have experienced trauma have learned adaptive behaviors that are “normal” given their …

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  • The Invisible Backpack of Childhood Trauma

    By Moran Center Executive Director Patrick Keenan-Devlin Although the school year has just ended and many students have stashed their backpacks away for the summer, I have been thinking a lot about backpacks and what kids bring to school with them every day. I am not referring to books and school supplies. Rather, I am …

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  • Providing Trauma-Informed Care

    By Moran Center Deputy Director and Director of Social Work Services Kristen Kennard In most cases, the first time the Moran Center lawyers and social workers interact with a child, it is after an incident that resulted in court involvement or school discipline. These first interactions often take place in a courthouse, jail or school …

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  • Understanding Childhood Trauma and ACEs

    Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are stressful or traumatic events, including abuse and neglect. They may also include household dysfunction such as witnessing domestic violence or growing up with family members who have substance use disorders. ACEs are strongly related to the development and prevalence of a wide range of health problems throughout a person’s lifespan, including …

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  • May 4, 2017

    Join Us For Justice!

    The excitement is building as we approach the big event on May 11th. We hope you have already purchased your ticket and plan to join us as we come together to change trajectories by supporting justice for youth in our community. Kim Foxx, State’s Attorney for Cook County, will be our special guest and premium ticket purchases …

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  • May 2, 2017

    Directors’ Showcase: Janet Alexander Davis, an “Evanston-made” Activist and Advocate

    Janet Alexander Davis has been a loyal and active member of the Moran Center Board of Directors for nearly 10 years. Janet first met Judge Moran when he was serving on the Evanston City Council. She recalls that he was, “a staunch supporter of rights for youth, showing mercy and real justice.” A few years …

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  • April 27, 2017

    PizzaFest 2017

    We are grateful to be a beneficiary of the Rotary Club of Evanston’s PizzaFest 2017. Join the Rotary Club of Evanston, and our fellow beneficiaries — Mudlark Theater and The Ridgeville Foundation at PizzaFest 2017! This annual all-you-can-eat pizza and pop extravaganza raises funds to support community projects and initiatives vital to the well-being of Evanston.  …

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