The Hubb Arts and Trauma Center in Newark, which has existed for 15 years, has just opened New Jersey’s first youth-focused trauma recovery center for children of all ages who may not have access to mental health services but have suffered trauma that may be sustained Have consequences.

When it comes to domestic violence, children suffer from trauma and victimization and no one speaks to them, said Hubb Arts and Trauma Center founder and CEO Al-Tariq Best.

Average childhood experiences tell us that the things that happen as a child influence decision-making as an adult, Best said. Then these adults not only make the same mistakes, but also teach their children the same things that they never recovered from , he added.

Best revealed that he had gone through a lot of trauma in his life and no one had ever asked him if he was okay or if he intervened. So he wanted to create a safe space that focused on the youth. Too often, kids feel like they don’t have a place to talk about problems so they can self-medicate or do catastrophic things, he said.

The youth center offers grief counseling, anger management and community compensation. While it’s important to understand that it’s okay to be wrong, children can’t get stuck in that mindset, Best said. Bringing children into a safe environment to talk about their problems and the art therapies available are ways to break down their barriers, he said.

No child is ever turned away. Four social workers are on duty. The idea is to create positive experience environments so that children can understand and trust that they are in a safe space to be open and vulnerable about the things they want to discuss.

Best said, the center offers “My Thoughts Out Loud,” non-judgmental circles in which children can have non-judgmental conversations with counselors. He said that they usually tell their counselors things they would never tell their parents. This puts the counselors in a better position to help these children as they now understand the problem better.

“In the Hubb Arts and Trauma Center there is literally a site that has the recording studio, radio station, videography, and photography. I use the arts to include them. Once we have them, we train them. So my philosophy was always, entertain, educate, strengthen, “said Best.

Any child interested in seeking help can contact the Hubb Arts and Trauma Center on Prince Street, Newark at or by calling 973-900-6454.

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