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Welcome to In the Arena with NOW

By Ronda Alexander, Vital Village Network Change can begin with anyone, but it is especially powerful when it is designed and led by the people who will be most affected by it. The In the Arena with NOW podcast seeks to celebrate and share the stories of these leaders. The Networks of Opportunity for Child Wellbeing (NOW), an initiative of the Vital Village Network at Boston Medical Center, is designed to create space and conditions for local coalitions to build their capacity to drive...

The Tragedy of Baltimore [nytimes.com]

On April 27, 2015, Shantay Guy was driving her 13-year-old son home across Baltimore from a doctor’s appointment when something — a rock, a brick, she wasn’t sure what — hit her car. Her phone was turned off, so she had not realized that protests and violence had broken out in the city that afternoon, following the funeral of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old man who drew national attention eight days earlier when he died after suffering injuries in police custody. As she saw what was happening...

In California, two proposed laws with one aim: saving lives [csmonitor.com]

The two police officers who shot and killed Stephon Clark behind his grandmother’s home in Sacramento last March recounted their actions in interviews with police investigators later that night. Officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet described the frenzied seconds when they pursued Mr. Clark after responding to a report of a suspect breaking car windows on the city’s south side. As a police helicopter swirled overhead, the officers spotted him at the side of the house and ordered him...

What It Means to Be an Elder Orphan [medium.com]

I’ m an “elder orphan,” a solo ager, someone who is aging alone. That may sound depressing until you learn that the American Geriatrics Society calls me and my ilk “unbefriended.” Yikes. An elder orphan is someone “of an age” who has no immediate family in their life. No parents, spouse, siblings, children, or grandchildren. They may have immediate family, but the relatives live too far away to be of assistance in times of crisis. There’s another scenario, as in my case, where my immediate...

Webinar “Strategic Advocacy: Winning Policy Change without Crossing the Lobbying Line” held March 14

(l to r) Kelly Hardy, Allen Mattison, Jeff Hild _____________________________________________________ The March 14 “Strategic Advocacy: Winning Policy Change without Crossing the Lobbying Line ” webinar covered the fine points of where to draw the line between lobbying and non-lobbying activities but also provided useful tips and ideas for effective advocacy—both under the arc of “being braver because our kids need us,” as framed by presenter Kelly Hardy of Children Now . Because the stakes...

Ask the Community

Hi all - We are wondering if anyone has created a short video (20 -30 mins) for teens and caregivers that provides a general understanding of trauma and the impact of ACEs? We are hoping to find or create a video for teens (ages 13 and older) and their caregivers who are involved with our local Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court to view within the court building. Our hope is to provide an engaging video that includes teens sharing information and covers the basics in a format that is...Read More...

EFT/Tapping

Juliana Parker
Greetings fellow ACEs community members, It is such an honor to be member of the ACEs Connection community. Thank you to everyone for the important work that you do! I am very interested in learning more about EFT/Tapping as a stress relief and healing modality. I am curious to hear more about the experiences of other ACEs community member who might have used EFT to assist their clients/students. If you have used EFT with your clients/students, what have been your experiences? What have been...Read More...
I am a physician looking for a trauma informed/trained therapist, who resides in the South Florida area, with expertise working with children. It is not necessary for this person to be accepting new clients. This is time sensitive. Any potentially relevant referrals would be appreciated!Read More...
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Canadians Unite

Elizabeth Perry
Calling all Canadians! If you are interested in making ACEs knowledge, recovery and prevention universal in our country, we invite you to please join our one of only 2 Canadian communities on ACEs Connection. Let's gather so we can begin to see what we're doing in our different regions and meet others we can collaborate with. Many of us have worked in silos for years. By connecting and collaborating we can propel our momentum exponentially. The time is ripe. Let's do what Scotland is doing.Read More...
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