San Antonio, TX – The AVANCE network is deeply saddened by the tragedies of this past weekend, especially in El Paso, TX where we have served parents and children for 24 years. We are grateful that our staff and families are physically safe. However, the events in their community this weekend have caused emotional pain and increased anxieties and fear. The following is a statement from our CEO, Dr. Teresa Granillo.
“We at AVANCE are heartbroken for all the victims and families directly impacted by the shootings this weekend. AVANCE is providing our parents with resources to support themselves and their children during this painful and difficult time. We would like to encourage other organizations to do the same and offer the following list of resources to the community. Our hearts and prayers are with the families of the victims in El Paso and Dayton, and we stand in solidarity with the communities that have been and continue to be the target of such hateful acts.”
Resources for parents (note all resources listed are available in English and Spanish):
- Sesame Street: Violencia en la communidad
- HealthyChildren.org: Talking to Children after an Act of Terrorism
- National Association of School Psychologists: Tips on how to talk to children about violence
- ChildCare Aware of America: Mass Shooting and Violence Resources
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Established in 1973, AVANCE (Uh-vahn-say) is a leading national non-profit organization working to transform the lives of underserved, under-resourced families. Derived from the Spanish word meaning “advance” or “progress,” AVANCE is dedicated to breaking the cycle of inter-generational poverty through innovative, two-generation education and support for families with young children. For more information, visit www.avance.org.