We create educational & economic programs for the Roxbury community.
The Cory Johnson Trauma Education Program addresses Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
When healing happens, learning thrives!
Making an Impact!
While the mission of the Social Impact Center (SIC), the non-profit arm of Roxbury Presbyterian Church is to create educational and economic development programs to strengthen the Roxbury community, sadly, we realize our best efforts in these areas will never be totally successful if we don’t address the impact of violence in our community.
Cory Johnson was a promising young church member who was shot to death not far from RPC in 2010. His killer, like so many others, was never apprehended. With help from Cory’s family and a network of health experts, the SIC opens the doors of the church once a week to host trauma-informed community gatherings.
The Cory Johnson Trauma Education Program was developed to focus on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In recent years a growing amount of research suggests the prevalence of PTSD in urban settings rivals that of war veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan or Vietnam.
The program provides a mother’s grief group, a men’s recovery group, a series of mind-body exercise classes, in addition to mental health resources and supports. Since the Cory Johnson program began, more than a thousand people have come through our doors to break bread, work on healing and building community.
Fighting violence involves more than getting guns off our streets. We are convinced it will take community healing to promote lasting change.
Reverend Liz Walker
Please consider donating to support The Social Impact Center!
$25 - Helps with outreach about Common Unity Peace Cafes
$50 - Covers a Tutor stipend for Learning Out Loud
$100 - Buys healthy breakfast food for 1 Learning Out Loud Saturday
$250 - Covers the cost of a trauma training for teens
$500 - Covers the cost of a field trip for Learning Out Loud students
$1,000 - Helps provide professional trauma support at "Our Voices, Our Stories" community conversations on trauma
The Social Impact Center is the non-profit arm of Roxbury Presbyterian Church, with a mission to create educational and economic development programs to strengthen the Roxbury community. Our recent accomplishments include:
- Expanded Learning Out Loud tutoring to 26 weeks, serving Dearborn and Higginson-Lewis schools.
- Secured $72 million for Dearborn 6-12 Early College STEM Academy, groundbreaking on June 19, 2014.
- Created CommonUnity: Nights for Youth Peace a program by and for youth with inspirational speakers, youth employment and a fun, safe space for young people to create together.
- Launched the Cory Johnson Trauma Education Project pioneering a new way to engage the community in providing support for those impacted by trauma and violence.
White House Award Winner!
The Social Impact Center was awarded a “Together for Tomorrow School Improvement Champion” by
The White House Center for Faith-based & Neighborhood Partnerships for our work at the Dearborn School.
This was truly a great honor!
Your Support Helps These Future Leaders!
In response to two daytime shootings in the spring of 2013, including one directly in front of RPC just as we were taking students to the Big Apple Circus, SIC began to work with area non-profits and residents on new ways to stem violence. Meeting weekly with Higher Ground, NAACP, Mothers for Justice & Equality and others, the efforts became known as the Game Changer Group. SIC brought young people to testify at statewide hearings on gun violence prevention, hosted large community meetings well-attended by youth and began to meet with troubled young adults at Warren Gardens.