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The Iredell County Partnership for Young Children and SCAN of Iredell invites the community to the viewing of the documentary, ‘Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope’, by director James Redford.

The documentary explores the science behind Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the havoc the syndrome can wreak on the brains and bodies of children.

This film demonstrates how toxic stress increases children’s overall risk of developing diseases, engaging in risky behavior, facing jail time, and experiencing early death. Throughout the viewing, the audience will see the movement that has begun within various sectors to treat toxic stress as a public health crisis, which has led to greater efforts in addressing and combating its adverse effects.

Amanda J. Moreno, Ph.D., researcher from the Erikson Institute, states that “Resilience does not mean that children ‘Get over it.’ It does mean that the caring adults in their lives have a lot of power to buffer, rather than cement, the effects of toxic stress.”

This 60-minute film will be followed by facilitated conversations with Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina about how exposure to trauma affects children and how we, as a community, can come together to treat toxic stress and address its adverse effects. The goal is to foster engagement between grassroots community services and public and private systems to develop a protective buffer against adverse childhood experiences.

All Iredell County community members are invited to attend and be a voice of collaborative support and systems change. To be a part of this opportunity, choose from either Nov. 14 from 5 to 8 p.m. or Nov. 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the NC Cooperative Extension, located at 444 Bristol Drive in Statesville.

The event includes a free meal, a unique learning experience, and community fellowship by registering now at or calling 704-878-9980.

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