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Game of Life From Trauma to Resiliency

Faiza Jama, a 20-year-old from Somalia, brilliantly explained how the Jenga stacking game of physical and mental skill is "a perfect metaphor for life." She shared her traumatic life story to understand how labels like "dumb," "irresponsible" or "angry" can be emotionally crippling. Eventually, I Am M.O.R.E. taught her how to redefine herself and use her traumatic experiences to help empower and inspire other youth.

"My worst times connected me to the best of people and the best of things," she said. "I started to realize that my trauma has a purpose and I didn't have to walk through this world as a victim anymore."

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