TraRon Center

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy


2525 12th plWashington, DC 20020 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our Mission is to expose gun violence survivors to therapeutic modalities that may be absent from their current grieving and coping methods. With a focus on the inclusion of creative arts, we will equip survivors with strategies to healthfully endure the complexities of loss- while promoting community health and solidarity.


Through her journey, Ryane Nickens realized that much of the gun violence in her own community springs from the pain of unaddressed trauma. Yet African-American residents of Washington, D.C., are often not well served by traditional mental health services. The TraRon Center, therefore, uses evidence-based, culturally appropriate peer-to-peer approaches to serve this population.In 2018, The TraRon Center launched an Arts & Healing program for school-aged children via after-school programs and a summer camp. We are also developing a series of training sessions on conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, peer pressure, and leadership for the community-at-large.

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