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A Look at Trauma Informed Care

Thank you to Lila Guirguis for her comments and enthusiasm regarding Young & Healthy’s first Trauma Informed Care training held on October 10 at Huntington Hospital.  Lila wrote:

Yesterday many of the partners of Collaborate PASadena were fortunate to attend Part 1 of 4 trainings on Trauma Informed Care hosted by Young and Healthy at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena and facilitated by Matt Bennett from the Coldspring Center for Social & Health Innovation.
It was a fantastic training, but even better was the diversity of the leadership in the room, from Pasadena Unified School District staff, City of Pasadena, the Pasadena Library, many local nonprofit agencies and nurses and doctors of Huntington Hospital, at least 100 people attended!
So much of what was discussed was about our own personal narrative, what shapes and molds us into the individuals we are today especially looking at the brain science behind our behaviors, our choices and social and emotional health. We were led through conversations that helped us, in our small table discussions, and as a larger group, think about the clients, patients, young children and students and community we work with and reflect “what ways we have seen trauma negatively impact people’s lives and ability to thrive”.

One thing Mary Donnelly-Crocker, Executive Director of Young and Healthy, ended with was let’s make Pasadena a Trauma Informed City! It was a call to action, to policy and especially awareness of this important research. As the new Staff Lead of the Office of the Young Child for the City of Pasadena, I left inspired to support the dissemination of this information to many I have worked with and will be working with.

I leave you with this short video on Empathy vs. Sympathy Published on Dec 10, 2013….In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us what is the best way to ease someone’s pain and suffering? We can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.


Lila Guirguis

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Join the Young & Healthy Alliance

The Young & Healthy Alliance is a newly established group of dedicated individuals who believe in investing in our community’s future by providing all children access to quality healthcare.  Their mission is to offer philanthropic support, community outreach and unique resources to Young & Healthy.  The Alliance is the multi-generational, social wing of Young & Healthy, designed to raise awareness of the vital need for programs and services in a casual, fun atmosphere.  In addition to fun social events, each Young & Healthy Alliance program year will culminate in an invitation to join us for a unique first-hand volunteer experience at the annual Mobile Dental Clinic.

A branch of the Young & Healthy Alliance is the Kids’ Alliance.  The Kids’ Alliance is a volunteer group open to all children of Alliance members.  The Kids’ Alliance is a fun and social way to introduce our next generation of volunteers to the satisfaction associated with service, starting with supporting our Mobile Dental Clinic.  Our inaugural Kids’ Alliance co-directors are Asher and Mia Singla, a 5th grade brother- sister dynamic duo whose enthusiasm sparked the idea for the Kids’ Alliance.

Participating in the Mobile Dental Clinic is transformative.  Each year, for one week, Young & Healthy provides kids in need of dental care with access to comprehensive dental services in a single, convenient location set up just for them.  If you have not seen the clinic in action, there is no better way to experience the vital work of Young Healthy in an up-close, personal and meaningful way.

We invite you to become a member of the Alliance this year.  Annual Memberships are available (July-June).  Please contact the Young & Healthy office at 626-795-5166 for additional information.  Ask to speak to Jan or Teresa.  Or email us at or


Mobile Dental Clinic 2016

The Young & Healthy 2016 Mobile Dental Clinic was held February 5-12 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Pasadena. The USC Ostrow School of Dentistry was there with its dental vans and a crew a fabulous dentists to provide over 110 Pasadena area children with needed dental services. “Many of our visitors, including teens, saw a dentist for the first time,” commented Mary Donnelly-Crocker.  This year, Young & Healthy’s ALLIANCE group, including parents and their children, were on-hand on Saturday to do arts and crafts with the children waiting for appointments and to prepare and serve a brown bag lunch to all in attendance, including patients, their families, and community and professional volunteers. Several other volunteer groups also partnered with Young & Healthy on Saturday, including National Charity League Pasadena, Pasadena Lion’s Club with their mobile vision & hearing van, Pasadena Library, Pasadena Public Health, Los Angeles County Public Health, Huntington Hospital, Charles J. Korth O.D., and the Pasadena HEAR Center. MCF_2408resized MCF_2543resized MCF_2611resized MCF_2833resized MCF_2457resized

Thank you for your support, Pasadena Community Foundation!

Young & Healthy is extremely grateful for a grant from the unrestricted funds of the Pasadena Community Foundation, made possible by generous donors since 1953.

The Pasadena Community Foundation is an advocate for local philanthropy and is dedicated to improving the lives of people in the greater Pasadena area. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1953, the Foundation works with donors to establish charitable funds and supports nonprofit organizations through a variety of grant making programs.