Connections Matter NC

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.


For more information about Connections Matter workshops and the public awareness campaign, contact Suzanne Metcalf, or 828-817-2089.

Learn how you can become a Connections Matter Trainer.

Connections Matter Booklet

Download this booklet based on the original Connections Matter curriculum.

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

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

How do childhood experiences affect social and health outcomes? See the groundbreaking film that explores various professional responses to ACEs.