Wake Up Watauga program sparks discussion on role of business in a trauma-informed community

Tuesday morning, over 40 local business leaders attended Wake Up Watauga, a community forum hosted by the Boone Area Chamber of Commerce and Danl’ Boone Inn. The program was also simulcast on WATA 1450/96.5 through a partnership with High Country Radio.

Denise Presnell, a school social worker with Watauga County Schools, spoke on the role of local business in creating a trauma-informed community. Discussion included statistics on the behavior of employees that have experienced some type of trauma during their formative years. There were also examples given of how local businesses could utilize youth in job shadowing, internships, and other types programs that combine training and mentoring.

Tuesday’s discussion comes just more than a week before State of the Child, a day long program that will see over 400 members of the local community meet for a discussion on childhood trauma, its long term effects, and how awareness can lead to earlier intervention.

Presnell offered a preview of the discussion topics to the business community along with some opportunities for local businesses to champion programs, funds, and scholarships that will aid the overall effort.

A full archive of the program can be heard at the link below (Photo Credit: Jan Todd).

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