Summit on Youth
Stronger than Espresso was honored to join with numerous agencies in Collin County for the 6th Annual 2018 McKinney Summit on Youth April 17, 2018. This year's Summit featured speakers on topics that include the latest demographic studies of Children in Collin County, Identifying Suicide Risks and What to Do, Working with LGBTQ Teens, Homelessness and much more. Stronger was able to share their upcoming program on Stronger Teens and begin to connect with individuals, agencies and churches that are interested in helping this population.
Dr. Timothy Bray, UT Dallas shared research on the growth of Collin County and the 'Urban Core' McKinney, Frisco and Plano in terms of our community growth and the impact on youth and their families. Bray shared finding from their 2017 Collin County ABC Report covering research and evaluation of topics of poverty, population, growth and economic impact.
Bray called the area of McKinney, Frisco and Plano the 'Urban Core' and will most likely reach over 1,000,000 in population by 2019 making this area a significant national metroplex.
This growth impacts our community with a strain on resources and McKinney has an increasing level of families below the poverty line. Economic stress is difficult on children and teens as they grow and Bray shared research about the impact of toxic stress on children's brain development.
"Toxic stress response can occur when a child experiences strong, frequent, and/or prolonged adversity—such as physical or emotional abuse, chronic neglect, caregiver substance abuse or mental illness, exposure to violence, and/or the accumulated burdens of family economic hardship—without adequate adult support. This kind of prolonged activation of the stress response systems can disrupt the development of brain architecture and other organ systems, and increase the risk for stress-related disease and cognitive impairment, well into the adult years." Harvard.edu
Knowing a growing number of kids, teens and their families are living with this level of stress, we as a community can begin to discuss ways to offer solutions.
Release the UNHEARD VOICES a collection of poems from students age 12-17. A compilation of raw, emotive, and powerful voices out of the hearts and minds of local youth.