What is PILA and their mission?
Starting in 2021, Project Innovations is a community driven collaborative that cultivates bonds to heal from trauma, promotes emotional wellness, and strengthens a culture of resilience. As a partnership, PILA enhances leadership through building community capacity, instilling agents of change for long-term sustainability, and by fostering communities that are empowered, informed, healthy, and resilient.
Their initiatives are aimed towards two primary groups: 1) local communities and 2) PLN teachers and school staff.
For their community-facing initiatives, PILA partners with community members to foster trauma informed and resiliency-based practices in local neighborhoods to…
Effectively, PILA is reimagining mental health by departing from the traditional direct services model to creating long term collective change through community capacity building. Community members drive and lead their work, and in collaboration with them, PILA started four primary branches rooted in compassion, healing, and community: Neighborhood Leadership Groups (NLGs), Connected Family Playgroups, Community Ambassador Network (CAN), and Trauma and Wellness Coaches.
In regards to PILA’s work at our schools, PILA developed the Coaching Program where Trauma and Wellness provide trauma-informed professional development and coaching to staff at Para Los Niños charter schools identified school sites to mitigate and address the effects of vicarious trauma. Through professional development and addressing the social emotional needs of school staff in one-on-one coaching and trainings, emotional resilient, safe and supportive learning environments are more possible: school staff have more positive interactions with students, gain opportunities for self reflection, and find confidence and ability to provide trauma-informed practices.
A culture of self-care, self-compassion, and social emotional well-being in the classroom starts with emotionally resilient, self-aware, and well-supported school staff!
PLN is excited to see the continued work and long-term fruits of PILA’s vision and work, all of which are in line with the heartbeat of our organization: to see children, youth, and communities thrive. For more information on PILA’s community services and events, visit their virtual office here and follow their Facebook page here.