Samuel Simmons

Sam serves as co-convener and change agent for the Mill City Kids Initiative and advises on Lab initiatives involving Historical Trauma, Systemic Racism and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Sam is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has over 27 years of experience as a behavioral consultant specializing in practical culturally sensitive trauma informed work with African American males and their families. For over 9 years Sam has developed and managed a culturally-specific trauma informed project and curriculum that engages African American males to promote healthy relationships to end violence against women and girls and community violence. Sam's work has been acknowledged nationally and locally and he has received the following awards: 2009 Governor’s Council on Faith and Community Service Initiatives Best Practices Award; 2014 Minnesota Fathers & Families Network Excellence in Fatherhood Award; 2016 Healing the Hidden Wounds of Racial Trauma Award; 2016 Black Tear Drop Award; and the 2017 Champions for Children Award.

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