Researched and closely examined the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Community Schools program and the Buffalo community at large.
Conducted interviews on trauma-informed practices and responsiveness, a hybrid model, tracking engagement, and more.
Developed multiple needs assessment surveys for students and parents with post-crisis questions/considerations.
Wrote a Community Schools guide for reopening schools through trauma-informed and racial equity lenses that has new logic model considerations, steps for conducting a needs assessment, and more.
Nonprofit work is vital.
Helen was a perfect fit to advance this project with Say Yes. Helen is self directed, resourceful, a visionary thinker, and a great thought partner. Helen demonstrated her thoughtfulness in addressing the tasks of her project, focusing on impact and results of programming on children and families and stressing the importance of using a trauma-informed and equity lens. Helen developed two amazing documents that are critical to the post COVID-19 work we will do in Community Schools and Parent Centers. Helen has been a valuable member of the Say Yes Buffalo Team. We are truly appreciative and thankful for her and her work.
–Tanya Staples and Gellenia Smallwood