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Connections Matter is designed to engage community members in building caring connections for youth and families to improve resiliency and wellbeing. The Connections Matter initiative is a collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse Iowa and was brought to WV by the ACES Coalition of WV. 


Jessica Dianellos & Michelle Baranaskas, Team for WV Children

Dr. Barb Brady, Inspiring Dreams Network


We are excited to offer a new opportunity for our partners... mini info sessions or COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHTS that feature people, programs, and resources to improve youth development in WV. Anyone is welcome to tune in, including youth, families, and the adults who serve youth. Our goal is to support our network to build stronger, more connected communities that engage and inspire youth to reach their potential.  


There are so many great programs and resources offered in our service area, but we often don't know how or who to connect with to learn more about them. Our new Community Spotlight series will feature people, programs, and resources you can engage with to better support WV youth.



We've all heard of BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS, but where are they in WV, and how can we connect? This week's spotlight will answer those questions.

BIG BROTHERS of the Tri-State has expanded to Kanawha and Putnam Counties. Where else can we find them in WV? Our speaker will discuss the history and mission of the organization and how you can help youth benefit. Our speaker, Lori Conn, will talk about the role and recruiting "look fors" in "BIGS" and how you can refer "LITTLES" to get them connected to mentors. Join us on Zoom on November 3rd to learn more!


Mental Health 101: Understanding and Taking Charge of Mental Health - Oct. 28th, 2022,  11am - 12pm (Zoom)


Since the COVID pandemic, there has been an increased emphasis on improving mental health; but what exactly does that mean? What does good mental health look like? Join us to learn how to have simple conversations with youth about taking charge of their mental health. Durning this lunch and learn, we will discuss the components of mental health and what we can do to improve mental health, including how to support others to build coping skills, resilience, and habits that lead to positive mental health outcomes.


  • To review and understand the WHO and CDC definitions of mental health


  • To discuss components of good mental health and how to access one’s strengths and weaknesses in relation to mental health

  • To identify coping skills, resiliency, and protective factors and the role of youth serving adults in supporting improved mental health

Trainer: Dr. Barb Brady - Founder, Executive Director, Inspiring Dreams Network


LETS TALK ABOUT SELF-CARE  - NOVEMBER 27, 2022 - 7pm (Zoom Meeting)

With the  after effects of the pandemic looming.  many of us are left feeling stressed, anxious even unsure about the future. To get back on track self care is more important than ever.

JOIN John Barton, Inspiring Dreams Network - Leadership VISTA, in a conversation focused on the Seven Pillars of Self-Care and what you can do to improve your own self-care as well as how to support youth and familes in creating a self-care plan.

We want to hear about your self-care strategies!

Come prepared to share and hear ideas from others about self-care. What are you doing to take care of your self and to support youth and families in your work setting and community?

Online Conference


We are pleased to offer three virtual Lunch and Learns for our Clay, Kanawha, and Putnam County Youth Serving Organizations.

ACES 101: Understanding Adverse Childhood Experiences - Sept. 27, 11:00 - 12:30 

ACES 102: Overcoming Adverse Childhood Experiences - Sept. 29, 11:00 - 12:30 

ACES 103: Preventing Adverse Childhood Experiences - Oct. 6, 11:00 - 12:30

Contact Dr. Barb Brady for more info.

We’d like to ask for your participation in this short survey from Prevent Child Abuse WV. The purpose of this survey is to collect information about current offerings and needs for Mandated Reporter training in the state and to learn how our organization can better serve those needs. 


Please send out to your listservs, post on social media, or pass on the survey in any other way that you think would capture the experiences of those having taken Mandated Reporter trainings.

Thank you for your help! Please email with questions. 


 For more information please contact us at 855-558-4296 or at

Coalition Background Information: 

The ACEs Coalition of WV is a nonprofit organization comprised of 400 plus members representing diverse child-serving professionals throughout our state. We focus on helping people understand, overcome and prevent adverse childhood experiences. 


Task Team Information: 

Our Coalition meets every other month with five active tasks teams and the overall Coalition meetings. Task teams include Awareness, Training, Legislative, Research, and Home Visiting and at this time are still meeting virtually. If you would like to learn more about a task team and how you can get involved, please use the survey link below and a task team chair will reach out to you.

Meeting Dates:

Aug. 5th, 2022 @ 12pm

Oct. 7th, 2022 @ 12pm

Dec. 2nd, 2022 @ 12pm

Join the Coalition or RSVP to meetings!

Clapping Audience


TRAUMA 101 - FREE TRAINING - OCTOBER 12, 2022 - 10am - 12pm (Zoom Meeting)

This free online training explores the effects of trauma, different types of trauma, and how to provide trauma-informed care. Participants can expect to learn how trauma affects the brain, how to assess for trauma, and ways to build resiliency. This training is beneficial for professionals assisting people who have experienced severe traumas and especially helpful for those working with children affected by the opioid crisis in WV.


The online registration page typically closes a few days in advance of the webinar or when registration reaches maximum capacity.

Please be sure to carefully enter your email into the registration form, or we may not be able to send you the information you will need for the webinar.

After attending you will be able to:

  • Identify sources of potential trauma and complex trauma for individuals served by child serving systems.

  • Recognize the impact of trauma on emotional and behavioral functioning.

  • Describe principles of trauma-informed systems.

  • List ways to provide trauma-informed care.

2 Social Work CEUs are available for this training

For Questions
Phone Number: 855-558-4296

The PBS Program is funded through a grant with the WV Bureau for Behavioral Health.


July 12:  10am - 11am
Aug 16:  3:30pm - 4:30pm
Sept 27:  Noon - 1pm
Oct 17:  3pm - 4pm
Nov 10:  10am - 11am
Dec 12:  3:30pm - 4:30pm

Join us for the online training Anger Management for Youth. During this free, interactive training, participants will learn strategies to identify and cope with their anger in healthier ways and be the bigger person. No CEUs are available for this training as it is geared toward youth. A certificate of completion will be available.

Training Objectives:

• Identify what it feels like to be angry

• Discuss stress reduction tactics

• Practice relaxation strategies such as progressive muscle relaxation

 For more information please contact us at 855-558-4296 or at

POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM  August Seminar Series: Aug. 16-18 (1pm - 2pm)

West Virginia University Center for Excellence in Disabilities (CED) is hosting a webinar series via Zoom for parents or caregivers, who have children with a disability up to 12 years old interested in general information about promoting their child's development.

In each webinar, a Parent Network Specialist and Triple P practitioner from the Family-to-Family Program will lead the presentation. A behavior specialist from the Positive Behavior Support (PBS) Program will also participate to conduct a Questions & Answer session for tips and strategies. Parenting Tip Packets will be made available to all participants. 

Registration is free but required. Simply click on the ZOOM link provided to register and receive the login info.

Aug 16 - Seminar 1 "Positive Parenting for Children with Disabilities" 

Aug 17 - Seminar 2 "Helping Your Child Reach Their Potential"

Aug 18 - Seminar 3 "Changing Problem Behavior into Positive Behavior"

Using the link below, register for one, two or all three seminars.


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

If you are a youth serving organization and wish to request a training contact