St. Anne’s Annual Summit provides an intersection for our region’s thought leaders and change makers to examine current issues affecting at-risk women, children and families. The goal for the event is to inspire dialogue and action.
“For in every adult there dwells the child that was,
and in every child there lies the adult that will be.”
― John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things
Did you know that early childhood trauma can change the way a child’s brain develops? A traumatic childhood can wire a young brain for fear, leading to problems with anger, addiction and criminal behavior in adulthood. Alternately, quality early childhood education can positively impact a child, boosting academic success, family stability and upward mobility.
St. Anne’s work with traumatized youth in the foster care and probation systems, as well as families in crisis, uniquely prepared us for our expansion into early childhood education. We have long recognized that the earliest childhood experiences impact the trajectory of life success or failure, and this is reflected in our programs’ holistic and trauma-informed approach.
This year’s Annual Summit will focus on the impact of trauma in early childhood. Join us as we gather a panel of thought leaders and changemakers who will discuss the importance of investing in strategies that address the lasting impact of childhood trauma. Together, we can build a generation of resilient children, thriving families and brighter futures.
Nina Shepherd, Chief Administrative and Financial Officer of the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation, will receive St. Anne’s Angel Award. Robert Kovacik, news anchor and reporter for NBC4, will be our emcee and moderator. We are finalizing a panel of engaging specialists in the field, including Kim Belshé, Executive Director of First 5 LA and Carrie Miller, Assistant Executive Director of Los Angeles County’s Office of Child Protection.