JOHAN Hopes

Journey of Hope Advocacy & Nurturing

Mission


To empower children and their families to create healthy "new normals" after experiencing trauma! 

About Us


JOHAN Hopes was founded in 2019 as a nonprofit community-based organization focused on identifying, minimizing, and preventing the effects of childhood trauma.

My name is Jasmine M Moore, I founded JOHAN Hopes subsequent to the murder of my son’s father in 2018. Soon after the loss, Johan, my son, began to experience the effects of the traumatic event and his behavior started to change. I immediately started self-educating about the effects of trauma and recognized that his school, at the time, was not prepared to provide the necessary support to foster his healing process. The schools lack of resources created an academic disadvantage as we faced difficulties establishing counseling in school and the community as well! Staff and administrators neglected to give him time to grieve or adjust to his “new normal” while continuously focusing the behavioral changes versus the root cause of his actions!

The journey is far from over! However, the roadblocks and difficulties we endured, as a family, to establish services to promote healing, initiated a call to action! Our experiences produced the desire to aid, empower and advocate for the children and families who lack access or are unaware of the supportive services and resources available. Our story has been shared in the community to bring awareness to schools and personally with families that share similar struggles. We look forward to being a part of the healing process!

You never know your passion until you’re pushed to your purpose!
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Quick Fact


"One out of every four children attending school has been exposed to a traumatic event that can effect learning and behavior."  -  National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Trauma


Trauma is an emotional response to an intense event that threatens or causes harm. The harm can be physical or emotional, real or perceived, and it can threaten the child or someone close to him or her. Trauma can be the result of a single event, or it can result from exposure to multiple events over time.

  • Abuse (physical, sexual, or emotional)
  • Neglect 
  • Effects of poverty (such as homelessness or not having enough to eat)
  • Being separated from loved ones
  • Bullying Witnessing harm to a loved one or pet (e.g., domestic or community violence) 
  • Natural disasters or accidents
  • Unpredictable parental behavior due to addiction or mental illness
Signs and indications of trauma may vary depending on a child’s age. Symptoms may include:

  • Irritability
  • Being difficult to calm
  • Frequent tantrums and clinginess.
  • Difficulty paying attention,
  • Being quiet or withdrawn
  • Frequent sadness
  • Changes in school performance
  • Refusal to follow rules
  • Excessive tiredness
  • Risky behaviors,
  • Use of drugs or alcohol
With the help of supportive, caring adults, children can and do recover. Consider the following tips:

  • Identify trauma triggers.
  • Be emotionally and physically available.
  • Respond, don’t react.
  • Avoid physical punishment.
  • Don’t take the behaviors personally.
  • Listen. Help your child learn to relax
  • .Be consistent and predictable.Be patient.
  • Allow some control.
  • Encourage self-esteem.
Trauma may affect a child physically, mentally, emotionally and their behavior in the following ways:

  • Inability to control physical responses to stress
  • Chronic illness,
  • Difficulty thinking, learning, and concentrating
  • Impaired memory
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feeling unsafe
  • Lack of impulse control
  • Fighting, aggression, running away

You Can Help


"By increasing your understanding of trauma, you can help support your child’s healing, your relationship with him or her, and your family as a whole." - Child Welfare Information Gateway

Services


Crisis Intervention

Provide help for children and families during a period of extreme distress. The intervention is temporary, active and supportive.

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Social and Emotional Support

Support children and families to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

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Support Establishing Services

Assist families with accessing community resources and establishing services based on their strengths and needs to help parents enhance skills and resolve problems to encourage the healing process of their child(ren).

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  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Empowering parents to boldly advocate for their children facing trauma!

  •  5/29/2020 09:14 PM

The systematic disadvantages need to be dismantled in order to effectively address the collective trauma the black community has faced and still facing!

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  •  4/26/2020 08:16 PM

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Events


  •  2/7/2021 12:00 PM
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JOHAN Hopes is listed as a Survivor-Led Milwaukee Partner Organization with Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort!

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  •  11/14/2020 08:00 AM
  • Online Event

Listen as Jasmine discusses JOHAN Hopes and how violence affect her family!

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  •  6/8/2019 08:00 PM
  •   824 East Center Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212, USA

MAGV & QuestNation: Jasmine Moore of JOHAN Hopes, D’Lante Allen & Trineka Walker of Stop the Violence 53206

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  •  3/21/2019 06:00 PM
  •   200 E Wells St, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202, USA

JOHAN Hopes' founder, Jasmine Moore, spoke at the Milwaukee’s City Hall and discussed, with the community, about how gun violence affected her life and the lives of her children. Community organizations such as MAGV- Mother’s Against Gun Violence (Debra Gillispie), We Loved and We Lost (Colette Shumpert) and Victims of Milwaukee Violence (Janice Gordan) were in attendance as several individuals voiced how their lives were impacted by gun violence.

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