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Rachel Wax

Rachel Wax
  • Psychiatry Volunteer
Contact Information
  • waxr [at]
  • (312) 355-1293
  • (312) 413-7757
  • Institute for Juvenile Research (IJR)
    1747 W. Roosevelt Rd.
    Chicago IL 60612

Rachel Wax is the Program Manager at the Urban Youth Trauma Center. Rachel is the lead developer, implementer and trainer of the Urban Youth Trauma Centers Youth Violence Prevention Curriculum that was developed around evidence based best practices for violence prevention to address the needs of youth in communities that are heavily impacted by violence, with high levels of poverty, and lack of resources. The program was developed to be facilitated in partnership with Law Enforcement to provide alternatives to traditional punishments for offending youth. In addition, Rachel manages the Urban Youth Trauma Centers contracts and purchases, organizes program implementation and evaluation efforts, coordinates training events, and leads youth engagement efforts in outreach, public awareness, subcommittees, and program adaptation.

Rachel has been an active member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network since 2006 and has worked with multiple agencies on the South Side of Chicago that prominently focus on Youth Engagement, Community Violence Prevention, and Trauma Informed Intervention.  Rachel is a founding member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Youth Task Force, and the founder of the La Rabida Children Hospital, Chicago Child Trauma Center’s “Chi Town Youth Voices” Youth Advisory Panel.  Rachel brings many years of experience in leading youth development programs and supporting providers to engage youth perspectives in their programming.

  • Urban Youth Trauma Center