Programs and Services

Creative Arts Summer Camp and After School Programs: From Tragedy to Triumph

The affects of gun violence are reverberated within and amongst the members of our communities.  Loved ones are abruptly forced to navigate one of life’s most challenging experiences. The mental and emotional complexities of loss are- too often- suppressed, subdued, and ignored, especially within communities of color.  From Tragedy to Triumph seeks to provide loved ones of gun violence victims with the mental and emotional outlets to start and continue their paths to healing.  


Our Mission is to expose gun violence survivors to therapeutic modalities that may be absent from their current grieving and coping methods.  With a focus on the inclusion of creative arts, equip survivors with strategies to healthily endure the complexities of loss- while promoting community health and solidarity.   


Our Vision is to provide a safe, supportive space for affected members of the community to express themselves- such that it fosters an environment of openness, honesty, and critical reflection of the factors contributing to gun violence in our communities.  By openly addressing gun violence, empower community members to collectively engage in dialogue that will produce viable solutions for gun violence prevention. 


Providing adequate mental, emotional, and spiritual outlets for gun violence survivors is essential to our overarching goal of encouraging grief processing and healing.  The fusion of creative and artistic channels will allow all participants, in addition to those with exceptional needs, the opportunity to access and benefit from the offered therapies.  


Summer sessions will offer full day programming from July 2 to August 10th and afterschool sessions offered Monday- Friday after Labor Day.   The summer and afterschool programming will integrate Arts Education and therapies such as journaling, discussion circles, and meditation.  


The TraRon Center Consulting

While fighting gun violence and healing its survivors is among the TraRon Center’s primary platforms, addressing the host of underlying factors is paramount to its reduction and prevention goals.  Tackling counterproductive policies, integrating supports for at risk youth, and engaging returning citizens are a few ways to produce real change for victims, survivors, and their communities.  


Maintaining the effectiveness of these programs and structures requires support from those who are directly affected.  TraRon Center Consulting seeks to guide community groups/organizations with two sources of support: (1) Provide loved ones of gun violence victims with the mental and emotional outlets to start and continue their paths to healing; (2) Educate, engage, and empower the community through political education and activism.


Our Mission is to provide a model for organizations and community groups to provide victims, survivors, and their respective communities with the structures and supports necessary to healthily endure the complexities of loss.   While promoting community health and solidarity, provide platforms that effectively engage affected individuals in their political arenas such that it fosters and empowers their participation in local and citywide political processes- from policy conception to implementation.      

   

Our Vision is to provide a safe, supportive space for affected individuals, groups, and/or community organizations to seek guidance for creating program models- specific to their needs- that will foster an environment of openness, honesty, and critical reflection of the factors contributing to gun violence.  By openly addressing gun violence, empower community members to collectively engage in dialogue that will produce viable solutions for gun violence prevention; develop community activists, of all ages and backgrounds, invested in participating in varied political processes that result in policy-making that affects them most.


Putting the Act in Activism: Community Engagement for the People, By the People

While fighting gun violence and healing its survivors is among The TraRon Center’s primary platforms, addressing the host of underlying factors is paramount to its reduction and prevention goals.  Tackling counterproductive policies, integrating supports for at risk youth, and engaging returning citizens are a few ways to produce real change for victims, survivors, and their communities.  Maintaining the effectiveness of these structures requires support from those who are directly affected.  The TraRon Center seeks to educate, engage, and empower the community through activism.


Our Mission is to provide a safe, supportive space for members of the community to acquire the organizing and political knowledge necessary to create, support, and endorse platforms that benefit and serve them directly.  By providing supports that affectively engage them in their political arenas, empower community members to participate in local and citywide political processes from policy conception to implementation.  

       

Our Vision is to develop and support a collective of community activists, of all ages and backgrounds, capable of participating in varied political processes- from local neighborhood advisories to citywide representatives.  


With a pipeline of knowledgeable community members invested in re-investing their knowledge, experience, and capital in their own backyards, The TraRon Center hopes to foster the collective power necessary to improve the District’s neediest communities.  Community engagement for the people, by the people seeks to provide the foundation necessary for community members to act instead of react to the policies affecting them most.