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.
Did you know…
The prior 3 years to 2015, Montana ranked DEAD LAST in the nation for child health. For this year of 2016 we’re 47th. Montana is well under the national average for overall child well-being, too.
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 is that every community in Montana is 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
After three Elevate Montana Summits accelerating awareness and knowledge of the ACE Study, trauma, and resilience, more than 11,000 people have become change-makers in communities all across Montana to elevate the well-being of our children! We have learned that Adversity Is Not Destiny, that It’s Not The Behavior, It’s The Brain, and that Compassion Is The Beginning Of Restoration. Using this knowledge, combined with our personal stories and passion, we are, together, creating strategies and solutions to mitigate toxic stress in children and build resilience.
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
One of the organizations deeply involved in this movement, ChildWise Institute, is working collaboratively with ACE Interface, has established an ACE Master Trainer Program!
Eighteen ACE Master Trainers have been sent out across the entire state to advance awareness and knowledge of the ACE Study and its implications and are facilitating conversations in creating actions to mitigate toxic stress in children. In doing so, we are avoiding and reducing 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, mentally, emotionally, and fiscally. We are elevating the well-being and futures of our children. Join the movement by clicking here!
IF YOU’D LIKE TO SCHEDULE A PRESENTATION OR TRAINING ON THE ACE STUDY FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION, GROUP OR COMMUNITY, CLICK HERE
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!