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Promoting Resilience among Youth and Families Affected by Community Violence
Through Leadership, Collaboration, and Action

Urban Youth Trauma Center

The Urban Youth Trauma Center (UYTC) is a SAMHSA funded Treatment Service Adaptation Center and a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. The program is meant to promote and disseminate comprehensive, integrated, and coordinated care for multi-problem, high-risk youth affected by trauma and community violence.


UYTC aims to:

  • Increase awareness about the needs of traumatized youth who are affected by community and domestic violence, youth with co-occurring substance abuse, disruptive behaviors, and those who are involved with court, juvenile justice, and law enforcement systems, while emphasizing the enhancement of community resources and service system collaboration.
  • Disseminate trauma-informed intervention models designed for multi-problem youth experiencing traumatic stress, violence exposure, and co-occurring substance abuse (using Trauma Systems Therapy for Adolescent Substance Abuse or “TST-SA” and disruptive behavior problems (using STRONG Families); and
  • Provide training and consultation to facilitate service system and community resource collaboration, using a socio-ecologically based and trauma-informed model of collaboration developed by UYTC, called YOUTH-CAN (Youth Overcoming Urban Trauma and Healing through Community Action Network), which promotes the use of best practices for trauma-informed violence prevention among youth service providers within targeted communities.