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Growing Resilient Communities: By Popular Demand, a How-To Series in Video

As a result of the pandemic and the national and international awakening to racial justice issues, ACEs Connection has seen an explosion of interest from members wanting to start local, organizational, and state-wide ACEs initiatives . If you’re seeking to bring healing to your communities, we can help you start new or grow existing ACEs initiatives by using our Growing Resilient Communities framework , and we’ve produced a series of videos to get you started or to provide a refresher. After...

Peer Support Groups: Getting Ahead ACEs

Truly believe that engaging marginized voices with positive support groups is an essential ingredient for our collective healing and systems change. Getting Ahead with ACEs Supplement are workbooks that can help guide meaningful conversations (virtual or in-person) and empower individuals and communities. Sample partnership agreement is included in the appendix to facilitate coordination among local partners and operationalize this critical component of a trauma-informed community. We will...

Continuing the Work

It’s sure been a huge change for everyone, especially Family Home Child Care Providers. So much required for providers due to Covid-19. 50% of providers have closed Temporary or permanently in Solano County. We’ve loss staff and our enrollment is low. But cost in supplies and equipment needed to keep the children and providers safe have increased. Something I’ve been working on is bringing more awareness around the importance of early learning and care. Especially since the government has...

Start Your ACEs Initiative!

The information below is a guide for local ACEs initiatives that are just starting out. We’ve gathered do's and don'ts from communities who have launched ACEs initiatives. We want your input so that we can keep improving this guide. In the comments section, please share with us things we have missed, examples of what’s working for you, and any lessons you have learned and would like to share with other members of ACEs Connection. Start! Community ACEs initiatives are often launched by a...

Grow Your ACEs Initiative!

THE FIVE BASICS OF GROWING a city or county ACEs initiative are: Educate. ...every person and every organization about ACEs science, and how people and organizations integrate trauma-informed and resilience-building practices in themselves, their families, their organizations, their systems, and the communities in which they live. Aggregate. ...gather data, such as the number of ACEs science presentations, the number of organizations that are becoming trauma-informed, the resulting outcomes...

Growing Resilient Communities debuts! Thanks to our community, it’s better than ever!

Over the last 10 years, the number of people (millions), organizations (tens of thousands), and communities (high hundreds) who embrace ACEs science can blow your mind. But to solve our most intractable problems, all 34,000 communities in the U.S. need to integrate practices based on ACEs science. The fastest way is to start and grow an ACEs initiative, and we’ve got the tools and guidelines for that in our new Growing Resilient Communities 2.1, which debuts today.

ACEs Connection's Inclusion Tool makes sure nobody's left out

We developed ACEs Connection's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Tool — called the Inclusion Tool, for short — to ensure that ACEs initiatives across the world focus on being inclusive when forming a steering committee, recruiting leaders, providing education about ACEs science, recruiting members, or providing resources and services within their communities. The more inclusive your ACEs initiative is, the more diverse it will be, giving your initiative a real shot at achieving equity and...

Three Reasons to Start a Community Site on ACEs Connection

Attached find a handout about reasons to start an ACEs Connection Community site. You can print and share with community members (see attached). If you want to learn more or get started contact any of us at ACEs Connection or send an email to Grow Your Resilient Community: Start a Community Site on ACEs Connection Build the capacity of your city, town, region, state or nation to prevent and heal trauma and build resilience by establishing a community site...

Helpful Tips for Using ACEs Connection

Attached find a downloadable "Helpful Tips" sheet for information about how to do some common tasks on ACEs Connection. You can download and print this document for reference and share with friends and colleagues! You can also find our complete list of "How Tos" as well HERE. If you think anything else you need assistance with on ACEs Connection, feel free to add a comment below. Thank you, Gail

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