ACEs Matter Founder
Location: Florida, United States
“I believe that Adverse Childhood Experiences are generational curses. I also believe that experiences from our childhood have the power to shape how we treat the adult version of ourselves and others. I firmly believe this vision was placed on my heart by our Creator and it is my life’s mission to spread awareness to others.” ~ Cendie Stanford
Cendie’s Stanford has lived experiences with childhood adversities, most of which were experienced in zip code 79403. Unaware that her childhood adversities played a role in how she responded to stressors in her career as an educator, relationships, and even parenting, she sought out the why.
In 2020, Cendie Stanford founded ACEs Matter because she believed three things:
1) Many generational ACEs are passed down because of a lack of awareness, but the cards we are dealt are not our final destination
2) Every person in the world deserves to learn about ACEs
3) Everyone has to experience childhood to get to adulthood
Communities deserve to learn about ACEs and the associated risk and the mission of ACEs Matter is to start the conversation wherever it does not exist. The vision for ACEs Matter is to significantly reduce the number of ACEs that are passed down through generations and increase the number of positive childhood experiences within generations.
Since 2021, Cendie has made several public appearances discussing the impacts of ACEs as a lived experience survivor in underserved and professional communities. Communities are learning that ACEs impact us as a humanity and no one should look the other way.