Welcome to ACEs Matter

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Our Mission: Spread Awareness

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In our own words,

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are toxic stress inducing experiences and events that can negatively influence how the child EVOLVES mentally, physically, spiritually, and financially.

About ACES

And How They Effect Us Throughout Our Lives?

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ACES stands for "Adverse Childhood Experiences," These are traumatic experiences such as: Neglect, Household Violence, Substance Abuse, Racism, Bullying and/or Caregiver Mental Illness that occurs before the age of 18.

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The more ACEs a child experiences, the more likely they are to have: COPD, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Poor Academic and Work Performance, an Increased Risk of Suicide, Significantly Reduced Longevity, and Substance Abuse.

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Without a support system, survivors will experience chronic stress which leads to weakening of our immune systems and the potential of an autoimmune disease, attention deficiencies, low self-worth and low self-esteem.


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Let someone you trust know you are taking the quiz, like a family doctor, therapist, or a friend that listens well.

Answer the questions, and make a note of the total “yes” responses -

that will be your score.

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Next Options:

  • Repeat step 1.
  • Hire a trauma-informed specialist.
  • Hire ACEs Matter to start the conversation for you.
  • Join our First Tuesday of the month movie and wellness community.


ACE Survey


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Prevent future ACEs by knowing your own score!

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WE LOVE OUR VolunteerS

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In the spirit of Nike's timeless motto, "Just Do It," we recognize the power of action in the face of adversity. Many grassroots nonprofits struggle to survive beyond their second and third years due to financial and resource constraints. However, it's thanks to the dedication of volunteers and individual donors nationwide that ACEs Matter reached its fourth anniversary on May 27th.

Our volunteers embodied the spirit of "Let's Do It," choosing to forge ahead even when financial and material resources were scarce. They turned challenges into opportunities, exemplifying that sometimes we must start without worrying about achieving perfection or securing ample funding.

When you donate, we reach more people.

Cendie Stanford, ACEs Matter Founder

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In moments of weakness our unhealed childhood trauma subtly claws its teeth in our heels while whispering reminders of those experiences in our ears.

Cendie Stanford, ACEs Matter Founder

If society can invest in constructing prison and welfare systems to address the needs of individuals affected by ACEs, it is equally feasible to establish nurturing and healing communities.

​Cendie Stanford - Founder

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