100% Community Organizer: County Application Being a 100% Community organizer will change your life and the lives of all the residents living in every community within your county.

You are about to make history, joining the nation’s first organization dedicated to using a data-driven, cross-sector and county-focused strategy to end the epidemic of childhood trauma. Unlike some other programs, this one has a direct impact on your local children, students, families, workers and agency leaders.

To begin, let us review where we started and where YOU will go.

The ACEs Timeline

  • May 1998

    ACEs identified

    ACEs identified

    Doctors Felitti and Anda (and team with Federal Centers for Disease Control), introduce the nation to the terms “Adverse Childhood Experiences,” “ACEs” and “ACEs Survey” through their publishing of “Relationship Of Childhood Abuse And Household Dysfunction To Many Of The Leading Causes Of Death In Adults: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study.”

  • 1998 to 2018

    20 years of (near) deafening silence on ACEs and trauma

    20 years of (near) deafening silence on ACEs and trauma

    Warning of ACEs as a public health crisis ignored, as no federal response nor data-driven prevention plan for states is developed. Children enduring ACEs continues to fly under the radar of child protective services and schools. As decades pass, one in eight children become identified as maltreated by child welfare systems across the US.

  • Jan 2018

    Anna, Age Eight published

    <em>Anna, Age Eight</em> published

    Anna, Age Eight: The data-driven prevention of childhood trauma and maltreatment by Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello present a new comprehensive approach to preventing the epidemic of ACEs and trauma informed by the social determinants of health and their work with continuous quality improvement in the child welfare systems of New Mexico, New York City, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

  • May 2018

    Anna, Age Eight becomes a call to action

    Anna, Age Eight becomes a catalyst for creating the new Doña Ana County Resilience Leaders, launched by Las Cruces councilmember Kasandra Gandara.

  • Jan–Mar 2019

    Anna, Age Eight inspires NM Senate Bill

    <em>Anna, Age Eight</em> inspires NM Senate Bill

    Anna, Age Eight Institute proposal developed and becomes NM Senate Bill 370, introduced by State Senator Bill Soules and Rep. Gail Armstrong, proposing the Anna, Age Eight Institute For the Data-Driven Prevention of Childhood Trauma. Institute funded with statewide plan to implement data-driven, cross-sector and county-focused ACEs prevention strategy.

  • Jun 2019

    100% Community written

    <em>100% Community</em> written

    100% Community: Ensuring trauma-free and thriving children, students and families “Advance Review Copy” finalized for statewide review by lawmakers and stakeholders. In their follow up book to Anna, Age Eight, Dr. Courtney and Cappello provide an operating manual for a family-friendly and child-centered state, county and city.

  • Jul 2019

    Anna, Age Eight Institute officially opens

    Anna, Age Eight Institute officially opens

    Institute founded in NM state capital of Santa Fe with co-directors Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD and Dominic Cappello to serve as a technical assistance center for all 33 NM counties, focuses on strengthening local systems of care (coined  the ten “surviving” and “thriving” family services) shown to increase family health, safety and resilience.

  • Nov 2019

    Resilient Community Experience Survey implemented

    Anna, Age Eight Institute supports the surveying of parents, asking to what degree they have access to ten vital services and why access is a challenge. Survey implemented with support of New Mexico State University in the NM counties of Doña Ana, Rio Arriba and Socorro.

  • Dec 2019

    Summit on Trauma-Free and Thriving Childhoods

    Summit on Trauma-Free and Thriving Childhoods

    Summit in Doña Ana County presents findings from the Resilient Community Experience Survey, revealing where gaps in family services exist and reasons parents struggle to access services like behavioral health care, medical care, housing and other vital supports.

  • 2020

    Statewide Campaign to prevent ACEs and trauma grows

    The Institute continues work with NM county coalitions in Doña Ana, Rio Arriba and Socorro—along with Taos Pueblo. Outreach continues to leaders in the NM counties of Santa Fe, San Miguel, Bernalillo, Roosevelt and Grant to widen statewide implementation of 100% Community initiative, strengthening data-driven ACEs and trauma prevention.

Your 100% Community Timeline

The following is a general timeline for the 100% Community initiative. It is a customizable process that can be designed to meet the needs of a specific county. Each county’s progress will unfold based on the collaborative capacity of local county, city and school government, as well as local higher education and non-governmental agencies.

  • Now

    A local champion (you) reads and reflects on the book 100% Community.

  • Year 1

    The local champion connects with the 100% Community developers to explore the county’s capacity to take on the 100% Community initiative.

  • Year 1

    A local champion identifies 2 initiative co-community organizers (you might be one of them) and 10 Action Team Leaders (one for each of our ten surviving and thriving sectors).

  • Year 1

    The potential initiative team (co-organizers and action team leaders) read and discuss 100% Community and conduct a readiness self-assessment (asking, are we ready to launch such a groundbreaking initiative?).

  • Year 1

    Readiness Workshop for the county team facilitated by the 100% Community initiative developers.

  • Year 1

    Team implements a survey of county parents and youth to identify gaps in ten vital services. Results are analyzed by team with support from 100% Community developers. Gaps in vital services are identified, as well as reasons for the lack of accessibility.

  • Year 1

    A County Summit is launched to share survey results with all elected leaders in the county and stakeholders

  • Year 1

    All team members complete the 100% Community Course provided by the 100% Community developers.

  • Year 1–5

    Action Teams implement innovations and projects designed to increase the quality and accessibility of 10 vital services.

  • Year 1–5

    Community organizers monitor improvements in ten vital services (increases in quality and accessibility) by ongoing assessment and evaluation.

  • Year 5

    The work of the 100% Community initiative is institutionalized by the creation of a local government Department of Family Resilience (this supports a collaborative process of the county, cities, schools and higher education). The goal is 100% of county residents have access to ten services, resulting in steep reductions in ACEs, trauma and social adversity.

Time For Change

Being a 100% Community organizer is an experience that’s equal parts visionary, mobilizer, educator and manager. We wish to ensure that you and your core action team leaders are ready to take on the initiative and be set up for success.

A note about time.

We often hear that our book, 100% Community, takes quite some time to read. Yes, it sure does. Creating for you an operating manual for truly family-friendly counties required breadth.

Our first two reviews of the book:

I am now eyeball deep in your magnificent 561 page manifesto, friend! While I must confess that I was initially a bit surprised by the size of it, I now totally understand why it is as long as it is. It is a 100% pure change instruction manual!

100% Community is the solution–the way to end adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The book is an amazing evidence-based “how” to build a 100% trauma-informed and trauma-free community. In honor of all those we have lost too soon and for all those we will save. I’m all in!

Let’s explore a partnership

Below is a list of components of the 100% Community initiative (with responsibilities) for you to review and digest. This content will help you see our vision of the initiative and ensure that your expectations and ours match up. We want to set you and your county up for success.

Before continuing, you might find is helpful to have a print copy of 100% Community next to you with a highlighter, pencil and sticky notes handy (coffee optional).

INSTRUCTIONS: Review the content of each list item by clicking the arrow icon. Opening the next item will close the others for easier reading.

Questions to consider

  1. In your first few months, might convening a series of small meetings, public forums, or 100% Community book club events help you identify your county’s capacity for and interest in the 100% Community initiative?
  2. How might we support you in identifying potential action team leaders for the ten sector action teams (representing the five surviving services and five thriving services)?
  3. Can you identify ten people interested in reading 100% Community and willing to be leaders of action teams?
  4. Can you reach out to higher education leadership to assess their interest in supporting the 100% Community initiative?
  5. Can you schedule a series of informational meetings with local elected leaders to assess their interest in supporting the 100% Community initiative?
  6. Can you identify an organization willing to be the sponsor of the 100% Community initiative with the capacity to provide meeting space and support for networking with county leaders and stakeholders?
  7. If you are invested in implementing the 100% Community initiative can you create a public forum or town hall in your community to share with all county residents the need for and goals of the 100% Community Initiative? This is more than a “kick-off” it’s an opportunity for deep reflection on the costs and impact of ACEs, Trauma and social adversity on the lives of all residents.

Joining the Community of organizers

After you have had time to review all our information about being a 100% Community Organizer, and discussed the initiative’s mission, goals, activities and expectations with colleagues, please use the form below to contact us. We look forward to discussing the start of your groundbreaking work.

Completing the form below is not a commitment to becoming a 100% Community Organizer and does not imply acceptance into the program. This is a first step in getting to know each other.

Note: Community Organizers are local people who have the type of jobs that allow them to take on the 100% Community as part of their job, with approval with all their supervisors.

Contact us to begin