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Action to Access 2018 ACEs Conference @ Hyatt Regency San Francisco
Oct 15 – Oct 17 all-day

The Center for Youth Wellness has joined forces with ACEs Connection to host our third biennial ACEs Conference. Our theme “Action to Access” will draw a line from the call to action established by previous conferences to the problem of access—how different individuals and communities are able to get and use the information, resources, and systems they need to reduce children’s exposure to adversity and its traumatic effects.

Learn more here!


ACEs Steering Committee Meeting @ YMCA of the Triangle Association Resource Center
Oct 24 @ 8:30 am – 10:00 am

Assembly Room


Connect Raleigh Featuring Mark Fenton
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The “Connect Raleigh” lecture series features nationally known speakers who engage the community in dialogue about issues and topics related to Raleigh being one of the best places to live, work, and play. These topics may include smart growth practices, placemaking, sustainability, civic innovation, and many others.

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This series is organized by a team of employees from multiple City departments who are part of the City’s strategic planning initiative. The goal of this initiative is to carry out a speakers’ series with national experts to educate our organization and community on strategic and innovative topics.

Learn more about the Strategic Plan.

Connect Raleigh Featuring Mark Fenton

Mark Fenton

Join the City of Raleigh and WakeMed on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m. for a lecture featuring Mark Fenton, a public health, planning, and transportation consultant/professor and former host of the PBS series “America’s Walking”. Mark will share easy steps that you can take to become more active and put your health first while living in an urban environment.

A panel discussion highlighting related city, county, and non-profit initiatives will follow the lecture. The discussion will be moderated by Betsy Gaskins-McClaine, Executive Director of Patient Navigation & Transitions for WakeMed. Panelists include:

  • Regina Pettaway – Director, Wake County Human Services
  • Ken Bowers – Director, City of Raleigh Planning
  • Ken Hisler – Assistant Director, City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources
  • Sara Merz – Executive Director, Advocates for Health in Action

Refreshments and an opportunity to speak with local agencies about public health resources will be available after the lecture.

Questions about this lecture? Email

No RSVP required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Kaleidoscope Connections: Do You Want Me to Paint You a Picture? How Participation in the Arts Positively Impacts Kids’ Social and Emotional Skills @ Sertoma Arts Cenhter
Dec 11 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Tuesday, December 11, 9 – 11 am

Do You Want Me to Paint You a Picture? How Participation in the Arts Positively Impacts Kids’ Social and Emotional Skills

This session will highlight the benefits of arts participation and share ideas for integrating more creativity into programs and promoting community arts participation. There will be an emphasis on inclusion of kids with disabilities and other vulnerable populations. Join us for an interactive experience.

  • Host: Betsy Ludwig, Executive Director, Arts Access
  • Co-host: Julia Medor, Director, Sertoma Arts Center
  • Location: Sertoma Arts Cenhter, 1400 W. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC 27612

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