BY CASSANDRA ARECHIGA and JULEE BROOKS
Woodcraft Rangers has over a century of service to youth in under-resourced communities, having welcomed all genders and youth of color long before many institutions. Therefore, the agency has deep experience with the impacts of generational trauma. Woodcraft’s current trauma-informed care (TIC) practices, honed over decades of experience, offer many model and practical examples.
Today, the organization focuses on the six TIC principles – safety, trust and transparency, peer support, collaboration, empowerment, and cultural, historical, and gender awareness – for youth and the staff that guide them.