Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58The Children’s Crisis Treatment Center, where Mr. Valdés is chief executive officer, helps about 2,500 children a year deal with behavioral and mental-health challenges. Mr. Valdés oversees more than 400 employees, most of whom work directly with children and their families. The center has 20 programs at its Philadelphia office, in schools, and in the community. The center’s staff members help children heal emotionally from traumas. For instance, some children have lived in war zones in other coun- tries before resettling in Philadelphia. Others have witnessed or been victims of violence in their neighborhoods. Some have a family mem- ber who’s in jail or is addicted to drugs. Such situations can take a toll on children. They can be harmful to how children feel about themselves and other people. Children will react in different ways, from misbehaving to withdrawing. When they arrive at the center, some children have a hard time talking about their feelings. They may blame themselves for whatever happened to them. They may be afraid or embarrassed. Or they may not have the words to express themselves, Mr. Valdés says. The therapists who work with Mr. Valdés under- stand that children need to trust them before they will start talking about what troubles them. They need to feel that the center is a safe, secure Antonio Valdés Easing the pain after hard experiences Antonio Valdés was interested in why some people are so unhappy. And he wanted to make their lives better. After graduating from college, he started his career as a case manager, which involved helping elderly people who struggled with making doctors’ appointments, getting groceries, and taking their medicines. He also helped them deal with emotional problems such as sadness. Around the time he was 30, he made a decision. If he could help children deal with their emotional problems, he felt, the benefits could last a lifetime. All children can be resilient, Mr. Valdés says. They can learn how to handle sadness, anger, or other feelings that deeply trouble them and make life hard. There’s another advantage in working with children, Mr. Valdés says. They typically live with mothers, fathers, grandparents, or other relatives. These adults can make changes in the family’s life or in their own behavior that will potentially help children thrive. 24