Unique Challenges with Adolescent Brain Development

The latest book by renowned neuropsychiatrist Dan Siegel outlines the unique challenges of adolescent brain development. "Brainstorm" explores the science behind changes in a teenager's brain and how this impacts behavior and relationships. As we know, our inner experiences often impact our external environment.

These challenges are exacerbated by psychological trauma from adversity in childhood, as well as socio-economic opportunity gaps. This is especially true for youth of color, who are at disproportionately higher risk of school failure and juvenile justice involvement. The Presidential initiative "My Brother's Keeper," is focused on disparities in education, employment, and exposure to the justice system especially among youth of color. With millions of youth of color struggling to succeed, we have a moral, as well as a financial, imperative to help ALL our youth reach their full potential.


Mark your calendars, for our annual Stress Resilience Conference in Oakland on August 3, part of our Summer Learning Institute August 1-3. 

August 3, 2016 Conference:

  • Keynote addresses by Dan Siegel and Delaine Eastin (former State Superintendent for California Public Instruction)
  • Workshops focused on solutions to chronic stress and trauma,
  • A panel discussion with thought leaders on what our youth of color need to succeed.

You do not want to miss this!

Stress Resilience Conference