Exposure to violence and trauma can have lifelong affects on children’s health and wellness and their academic accomplishments. Sharyl Kato, founder and director of the Rainbow Project, describes how she is seeing multiple layers of trauma expand to new arenas such as school shootings or the fear of them, affecting schools, families and communities. 

Creating a safe, healthy and nurturing world for children and families and building life-sustaining skills is the mission of the Rainbow Project. But it takes a village. Community education, support and supportive policies are essential to healing and hope for children and families who have experienced trauma.