Lead the Fight

Awareness. Action. Advocacy.

Childhood trauma is a pervasive issue that affects countless families, communities, and our nation. The costs of inaction are significant and the need for action is more urgent than ever. By engaging leaders with diverse voices, Lead the Fight aims to bring awareness, action, and advocacy to the critical issue of preventing and mitigating the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and childhood trauma.

Conversations, with local and national experts, are helping to create solutions, mobilize action, and support lasting change.

From ACEs to Safety

Research shows that Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs and childhood trauma are at the root of many crises our communities face today. Gun violence, domestic abuse, overflowing jails, homelessness, child abuse, addiction, chronic disease, and mental illness--compounded by adverse community environments, are often the adult results of early childhood trauma. 

 “As a society, we simply can't afford to wait for children to fall apart emotionally before we do something. From ACEs science, effective strategies have emerged. It’s time to invest in them. NOW.” --Renée Layman, CEO at Center for Child Counseling. 

Upcoming Events

Fritzi Horstman, The Compassion Project

April 19, 6:00pm - 7:30pm EST

There is no cost for this live, online event.

CLICK HERE to Learn More or Register

Step Inside the Circle is a call to recognize the physical, emotional, and social impact ACEs have wrought upon society and to stress the importance of care in the prison system.

"When you study prison populations, you see a preponderance of childhood trauma and mental illness. The two go together. So what we have in prisons are the most traumatized people in our society." - Dr. Gabor Maté

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Go to our Lead the Fight playlist on YouTube to watch previous events.

Simple Actions to Take Your Place in Fighting ACEs


Learn. Become ACEs aware and informed. Sign your place of employment or organization up for training that will change your view of community forever.


Invest. Encourage businesses to invest in early childhood development to grow a future thriving economy with the brilliant minds to lead it.


Donate. Actively engage on a more personal level through your time, talent, and treasure. Host and volunteer at events. Provide  consultation.


Advocate. Send information to policy makers urging them to drive change. Become an advocate at the local, state, or federal level to support legislation.

Every child deserves to grow up feeling safe and loved. You can make it possible.

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