What are Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)?
Adverse Childhood Experiences, also known as "ACEs", are potentially traumatic events that occur during childhood. Exposure to ACEs have been shown to increase chronic diseases, mental illness, and substance abuse, and can negatively impact education and economic stability in adulthood. Learn more about ACEs from the CDC.
What’s important to understand is that ACEs is not destiny. Together, we can buffer the effects of ACEs to create communities where every child can thrive.
OUR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Many of our clients have experienced ACEs which have impacted their mental and physical health, and increased stress. Research shows strengthening the protective capacities of parents helps children and families thrive and prevents child maltreatment. With our partners American Academy of Pediatrics, Chapter 3 and SDSU Social Policy Institute, we are committed to building a stronger support system for families.
ACEs Digital Manual
Supporting YMCA Programs
- YMCA Awarded ACEs AWARE Grant (July 10, 2020)
- Inspiring Hope Through Protective Factors (November 9, 2020)
- ACEs Aware: The CAAVE Approach (November 24, 2020)
- Promoting Hope, Healing and Resilience (February 18, 2021)
- Children’s Mental Health (February 18, 2021)
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Need to Know Information
Led by the Office of the Surgeon General, ACEs Aware gives Medi-Cal providers training, clinical protocols, and payment for screening children and adults for ACEs. Detecting ACEs early and connecting patients to interventions, resources, and other support can improve the health and well-being of individuals and families. Learn more about ACEs Aware.
Center on the Developing Child (Harvard University)
Drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity. Discover more at Harvard University.
If you are interested in learning more about the Y 's work with combatting Adverse Childhood Experiences, email us!