Created by ChildWise Institute, Elevate Montana is a movement dedicated to elevating the well-being and futures of our children  through awareness & actions based on ACEs and trauma-informed approaches to build resilience in children and families.

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The Problem

Did you know…

For the last 3 years running, Montana has ranked DEAD LAST in the nation for child health, and well under average for well-being.

We also have one of the highest rates for teen suicide, and over 20% of our children below the poverty level.

While many of us are lucky to call Montana home, these statistics are simply unacceptable.

Our Vision

Our goal is to empower our communities so that they are committed to the well-being of our children.

 We believe that all children have a fundamental right to live in safe families and communities, to be emotionally and physically healthy, and to receive the necessary support in order to achieve academic and personal success.
To that end, we are working to provide parents, healthcare professionals and community leaders with tools to make better informed decisions when it comes to parenting and treating youths.

What We Are Doing

We started by presenting two ACE Study Summits. One in September of 2013 in Helena, Montana; and another one in May of 2014 in Billings, Montana. More than 500 people came from all across the state — and even from South Dakota.  On October 1st and 2nd – 2015 we are presenting our annual Elevate Montana Summit in Helena titled “Adversity Is Not Destiny“, which will provide strategies and solutions to mitigate toxic stress in children and build resilience. If you are a parent, teacher, mental health provider, healthcare professional, community leader, or caregiver… this may be the most important event you attend!

The ACE Study (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study) is a scientific study directly linking adverse childhood experiences to negative health and social outcomes in adulthood. It was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Kaiser Permanente. The implications are staggering, but the motivation for change is inspiring! Elevate Montana’s ACE Study Summit is intended to inform, inspire, and motivate community and state leaders toward actions that will reduce adverse childhood experiences in today’s children so they may become healthier adults, which will result in a healthier Montana. Perhaps we may one day truly be a state in which living the American Dream is possible … even for its children.

ACE Master Trainer Program

We’ve done many introductory presentations about the ACE Study across Montana, and have taken our next significant step! ChildWise, working collaboratively with ACE Interface, has established an ACE Master Trainer Program!

More than twenty Master Trainers will be sent out across the entire state to advance awareness and knowledge of the ACE Study and its implications, and will facilitate conversations in creating actions to mitigate toxic stress in children. In doing so, we will avoid and reduce ACEs in our children today so that they will be healthier adults tomorrow. The ultimate result of this work will be a healthier Montana physically, as well as fiscally. We will elevate the well-being and futures of our children. Join the movement by clicking here!


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Our Partners

People and organization from across the state have joined this movement to elevate the wellbeing of Montana’s children. We are collaborating to exchange ideas, help each other, motivate each other, challenge the status-quo, and work with those people of influence, position, and passion to make permanent changes for the benefit of our children.

We are individuals, community leaders, teachers, daycare providers, legislators, children-oriented organizations, universities, businesses, judges, law enforcement staff… and people like you. Come join us!


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