The Truth N’ Trauma Project: Addressing Community Violence Through a Youth-Led, Trauma-Informed and Restorative Framework

Troy Harden, Thomas Kenemore, Kimberly Mann, Michael Edwards, Christine List, Karen Jean Martinson

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This paper describes the implementation and evaluation of a youth violence prevention and intervention program on Chicago’s south side. Forty-four high school-age youth from violence-exposed urban communities participated in a nine-month, multidisciplinary, after-school program aimed at supporting their development and positively impacting their communities. Restorative practice principles informed planning, implementation, and evaluation of the program. The youth developed skills in leadership, trauma-informed practice, documentary production, theatre, and participatory action research. This paper discusses the program, an initial evaluation of its impact, and potential practice and research implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-79
Number of pages15
JournalChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014



  • Community violence
  • Mentoring
  • Restorative practice
  • Trauma
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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