Connections Matter

What is Connections Matter?

Connections Matter is designed to engage community members in building caring connections to improve resiliency. The Connections Matter initiative is a collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse NC.

Connections Matter is a community effort.

Connections Matter is a community-based initiative that explores how the connections we make in life profoundly impact the brain’s ability to grow and our own individual abilities to cope and thrive.

Through our workshops and trainings, we educate the public on the intersecting topics of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, brain development, and resilience. We utilize an evidence-informed program, along with real-world and concrete examples, to demonstrate how ACEs adversely affect brain development and health outcomes – and how caring connections serve as a primary buffer in the negative effects of trauma. Connections Matter ultimately strives to promote the building of more resilient, compassionate, and trauma-informed communities – thus allowing all children and individuals to succeed.

learn how you can make great childhoods happen in your community

Learn how you can #BeAConnection today!

learn how to get your own connections matter toolkit

Tools and materials will help you deliver the Connections Matter message.

read on about the different sectors in which be build connections

Learn about the different sectors we work to build positive connections in.

read and share real stories about how others have  made connections in their own communities

One connection can change the outcome for an individual and a community.

learn how to host your own connections matter presentation

Host a Connections Matter Presentation for your workplace, faith community or civic group.

download the connections matter pdf booklet

Connections Matter Booklet

Download this booklet based on the original Connections Matter curriculum.


For more information about Connections Matter workshops and the public awareness campaign, contact LouMecia Staton,


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