Trauma-Informed Sport Training Cohorts

A four-part training series to support healing and growth for Chicago’s youth

The Center for Healing and Justice through Sport (CHJS) will host free, trauma-informed sport trainings for coaches, youth program providers, teachers, and anyone that wants to learn how sport can uniquely contribute to the mental and emotional well-being of Chicago’s youth. Sport is drastically underutilized as a solution to support healing and violence prevention, and through this four-part training series, participants will learn how to leverage sport to create trust and psychological safety, address the impact of implicit bias, and use tailored, evidence-based regulatory activities with young people.

CHJS will offer six in-person training cohorts and one virtual training cohort between February – June, 2023. The trainings will take place across the city in each of the Healthy Chicago Equity Zones and each cohort will consist of four, two-hour training sessions. Participants are highly encouraged to attend in-person trainings in the community in which they are serving and connected to. 

HCEZ mapCheck which Healthy Chicago Equity Zone makes sense for you on the Healthy Chicago Equity Zone map, and then click on the link below to register. If you cannot attend the training cohort in your area, you are welcome to sign up for a different cohort.

      • Dates: Saturdays February 11, 18, 25, March 4 from 10:00a -12:00p
      • Location: Austin Public Library
      • Dates: Wednesdays February 8, 15, 22, Mar. 1 from 10:00a – 12:00p
      • Location: Discover Customer Care Center
    • Southwest, REGISTER HERE
      • Dates: Wednesdays March 8, 15, 22, 29 from 6:00p – 8:00p (dinner served)
      • Location: Chicago Youth Boxing Club/La Villita Community Church
    • North Central, REGISTRATION CLOSED
      • Dates: Wednesdays March 15, 22, 29, April 5 from 10:00a – 12:00p
      • Location: Pottawatomie Park
    • Northwest, REGISTER HERE
      • Dates: Tuesdays April 18, 25, May 2, 9 from 10:30a – 12:30p
      • Location: Portage-Cragin Branch Library
    • Far South, REGISTER HERE
      • Dates: Thursdays April 20, 27, May 4, 11 from 10:00a – 12:00p
      • Location: Gately Park

Join us for VIRTUAL trainings, available to interested participants across the communities who are unable to attend the aforementioned in-person opportunities.

    • Virtual, REGISTER HERE
      • Dates: Thursdays May 25, June 1, 8, 15 from 10:00a – 12:00p
      • Location: Virtual. 🙂

Participants who attend all four sessions will receive a certificate of completion and will be entered into a raffle for giveaways. For any questions, please reach out to Ivan Ortega at We hope to see you there!


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