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A New Approach to Handling the Unavoidable Trauma of Life

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides President and CEO Trauma is an unavoidable part of life. The critical issue is how to address it in such a way that its potential lingering effects are mitigated. The stories of the children, youth,…

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How One Youth’s Resourcefulness and Resilience Inspired An Entire Room

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides President and CEO Older generations sometimes look upon younger people as aimless and dependent, raising questions about what the future will bring when a younger generation assumes a role of leadership. Just as the skepticism…

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Students Demand an End to the Violence

The statistics are frightening; in the five years since the massacre at Sandy Hook there have been 239 school shootings, 438 children and staff shot, 138 murdered, and countless forever traumatized. It has become a ubiquitous preoccupation for many of…

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Why the Nassar Case Proves We Should Believe the Children

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides President and CEO The notorious case of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of more than 150 women and girls he treated as a USA Gymnastics and Michigan State sports physician has brought the issue of sexual…

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Why Two Organizations are Better As One

By Joseph M. Costa, Hillsides President and CEO Many of our regular funders ask how the affiliation with Bienvenidos has gone, given its significance for both organizations. Integration of two organizations is best-described as a work in progress, and that certainly is…

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