Make It Happen helps young men between the ages of 16 and 24 who have experienced violence acquire the tools necessary to overcome traumatic experiences.
Participants meet with the director of trauma support services for one-on-one sessions prior to joining a 10-week workshop. The purpose is to build rapport and trust with participants and to gain a sense of their individual needs based on their histories of trauma. During individual sessions, participants receive guidance and assistance tailored to their immediate needs.
During group workshops, participants are challenged to explore what healthy black masculinity means to them and society at large. Each cohort also has an opportunity for team-building activities to create a sense of camaraderie among the group in hopes that those connections continue past the life of the program.
To learn more about the Make It Happen program view the fact sheet Addressing Trauma in Violence Interrupter Programs.
Take a look at our toolkit, 'Responding to Trauma Among Young Men of Color: Adapting the Crown Heights Approach for Your Community,' to find information and insight for violence interrupter programs and traditional victim services providers.
The Vicarious Trauma Toolkit from the National Center for Victims of Crime provides information on violence interrupter programs and traditional victim service agencies.
Watch Program Director Kenton Kirby presenting on Make It Happen at the Department of Justice: Supporting Young Male Survivors of Violence (begins at 43:15).
Check out the Make It Happen program featured in the NPR article, A New Approach To Helping Men Of Color Heal After A Violent Incident.