REVERSE THE EFFECTS OF ADVERSE CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES
Increase understanding of ACES, enhance family capacity to lessen the impact of ACES, and promote early intervention of ACEs through universal screening of Delaware youth and families and the implementation of preventative strategies within Delaware schools.
To ensure that all teens in the metro Delaware area who have experienced ACEs have the tools they need to access mental and physical supports in learning spaces and in their homes.
RACE to Wellness is a campaign developed by Network Connect to Reverse the effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) amongst teens. The CDC defines ACEs as “potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years).” ACEs can include experiences such as: experiencing violence, experiencing abuse or neglect, or a death in the family. ACEs can also include environmental factors such as: drug or alcohol abuse, incarcerated Family Members, mental health issues in the family or separated parents.
RACE kits are monthly mental wellness kits provided by Network Connect to families and youth in the metro Delaware area.
RACE kits provide families and youth with strategies to cope and handle anxiety.
RACE kits contain therapeutic tools for families and youth such as stress balls and journals.
RACE kits put into practice the CDC’s six strategies to prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences: strengthen economic support for families, promote social norms that protect against violence and adversity, ensure a strong start for children, teach skills, connect youth to caring adults and activities, and intervene to lessen immediate and long-term harms.
Network Connect has provided RACE kits to over 225 families in the Delaware Metro Area.
Network Connect partners with local community based organizations to provide social and mental health services when disseminating the RACE kits.
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