We have a plan to ensure that 100% of our students are safe and successful The 100% Community initiative strengthens ten vital services shown to empower students and their families.
Twenty years since the public was introduced to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) through the ACEs Study in 1999, we are launching a radically new, yet simple, strategy to end adverse childhood experiences. It’s called 100% Community. But before we guide you through the process of 100%, we wish to reinforce why a data-driven and cross-sector approach to ACEs prevention is urgently needed.
- lead to substance misuse impacting school, work and family life
- lead to costly negative medical and emotional health consequences
- negatively impact achievement in school and higher education
- diminish work productivity and the workplace environment
- overwhelm the child welfare, law enforcement and judicial systems
The financial costs associated with ACEs are significant in the public and private sectors. The Anna, Age Eight Institute provides the skills and resources to implement a data-driven and cross-sector prevention strategy customized for each county.
If we ensure that all our families have access to ten vital services, we will increase self-sufficient and healthy family households, educational achievement and job readiness.
The cost-benefits of prevention
The positive economic impact of addressing ACEs by creating family-focused and child centered communities is one the Institute will pursue.
Each county in New Mexico is positioned to implement a data-driven, cross-sector and systemic strategy in order to prevent ACEs and childhood trauma – along with the high rates of substance misuse, poor school performance, unsafe families, and lack of economic stability that accompany it.
If we ensure that all our families have access to five survival services and five services that support thriving, we will decrease ACEs, trauma, substance misuse, violence, school dropout rates and underachievement; we will increase self-sufficient family households, higher educational achievement, job readiness, and healthy residents of all ages.
We have crossed sectors and remain connected, not isolated nor working in silos
The 100% Community initiative is designed to bring all county leaders and stakeholders together, in ten key family serving sectors we refer to as survival services and thriving services shown to strengthen families:
5 SURVIVAL SERVICES
- Behavioral Health Care
- Medical/Dental Care
5 THRIVING SERVICES
- Parent Supports
- Early Childhood Learning Programs
- Family Centered Schools
- Youth Mentors
- Job Training and Higher Education
By working on a county scale with buy-in from local elected leadership and stakeholders, a locality can achieve groundbreaking results, raise the quality of family, community, educational and economic life for all residents.