Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation strives to nurture the whole child in an educational environment.
Renee Oldham, Executive Director for the Mt. Vernon Education Foundation (MVEF), states, “Mt. Vernon is prioritizing a trauma-informed initiative to address childhood adversity and its effect on students’ academic, social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes. Roughly two-thirds of our Mt. Vernon Community School Corporation students prior to COVID-19 would have experienced at least one significant trauma before graduating high school. We are anticipating and preparing for elevated issues of trauma experiences due to the pandemic, and the impact it has had and will have on our students, families, and community in the foreseeable future.” MVEF recently received $12,000 from United Way of Central Indiana to fund the TBRI initiaitive at MVCSC.
TBRI stands for Trust-Based Relational Intervention. This therapeutic model focuses on using the principles of empowerment, connection, and correction to soothe trauma that children may have. Once educators meet the basic needs of their students, including adequate food and water during school, the groundwork for a more personal relationship is present. Overall, students will become more engaged, regulated, and aware while also maintaining a boundary-controlled, trust-based relationship with their teacher and peers.