Reliable Hearts offers promising and personalized services for youth and families to buffer the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and break the cycle of transgenerational trauma. ACEs can impact well-being, and can have long-term affects on health and wellness throughout adulthood. They can even have consequences that affect entire families, communities, and our whole society.
What are ACEs?
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Adverse Childhood Experiences or ACEs, are potentially traumatic events that occur in childhood (0-17 years) such as experiencing violence, abuse, or neglect; witnessing violence in the home; and having a family member attempt or die by suicide. Also included are aspects of the child's environment that can undermine their sense of safety, stability, and bonding such as growing up in a household with substance misuse, mental health problems, or instability due to parental separation or incarceration of a parent, sibling, or other member of the household.
Traumatic events in childhood can be emotionally painful or distressing and can have effects that persist for years. Factors such as the nature, frequency and seriousness of the traumatic event, prior history of trauma, and available family and community supports can shape a child's response to trauma.
Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to:
As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk of these outcomes.
risky health behaviors,
chronic health conditions,
low life potential, and
Reliable Hearts provides services and opportunities for youth and families to heal from their ACEs and prevent future ACEs by creating and sustaining safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all youth and families to develop the capacity to grow and break the cycle trauma passed down through generations.
According to the CDC's 2019 report Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): Leveraging the Best Available Evidence, an estimated 62% of adults surveyed across 23 states reported that they had experienced one ACE during childhood and nearly one-quarter reported that they had experienced three or more ACEs. ACEs can have negative, lasting effects on health, well-being and opportunity. These exposures can disrupt healthy brain development, affect social development, compromise immune systems, and can lead to substance misuse and other unhealthy coping behaviors.
The evidence confirms that these exposures increase the risks of injury, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, mental health problems, maternal and child health problems, teen pregnancy, involvement in sex trafficking, a wide range of chronic diseases and the leading cause of death such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and suicide. ACEs can also negatively impact education, employment, and earnings potential. The total economic and social costs to families, communities, and society is in the hundreds of billions of dollars each year.
Draw the Line/Respect the Line
Sexual health education is an essential component of a youth's physical, social and emotional development. Sexual health education is a lifelong process of acquiring information and forming attitudes, beliefs and values about such important topics as identity, relationships and intimacy. At Reliable Hearts, our focus is to equip youth with medically accurate information so they can make informed decisions.
High Priority Youth Program
Reliable Hearts life skills program helps youth develop sound judgement and good habits for long-term stability, wellness and success. Beginning with communication, decision making, and goal setting skills we teach more than 25 additional skills to meet the social and emotional needs of youth.
Strike Out Stigma (SOS)
Reliable Hearts strives to prevent alcohol and drug abuse by offering evidence-based prevention and education programs for youth and families. Our programs and campaigns help youth and families develop the skills they need to maintain healthy lifestyles. Our proven programs have a real impact on a wide range of at-risk behaviors including, alcohol, tobacco, and other drug abuse; crime and delinquency; violence; vandalism; school failure; school dropouts; teenage pregnancy; mental health problems; depression and suicide. The goal of
High Priority Parenting Program
Single parents face multiple challenges today that may inhibit their ability to meet their responsibilities and to raise and support their children. The goal of High Priority Parenting Program is to reinforce parental practices which promote development and provide alternatives to harmful non-productive practices. Parent education and support programming helps parents to provide appropriate nurturing and guidance as they acquire a greater understanding of child development and children's needs. All parents need support from family, friends and the community. Reliable Hearts is here to help.
Spirituality means different things to different people but takes into account a belief in a higher power or something bigger than ourselves along with a search for greater meaning. Some people may regularly attend a church, synagogue or a mosque. Others may meet to walk outdoors or take part in community action projects, seeking inspiration from nature or humanity. Whether you consider yourself religious or spiritual, there are health benefits associated with both. Reliable Hearts help youth and families develop a spiritual support system as part of cultivating a new and improved healthy lifestyle.