Love Wins: A Conference on Promoting Love, Connection, and Community for Every Child & Family

Ana Grace

Ana Grace Greene

We’re excited to spread the word about the Ana Grace Project’s inaugural event, through its Center for Community and Connection—a day-long conference on December 2 for people concerned with mental health and community well-being, that advances The Center’s goals of preventing violence and promoting recovery.

The Ana Grace Project at Klingberg Family Centers was established in partnership with Jimmy Greene and Nelba Marquez-Greene, parents of six-year-old Ana Grace, whose life was cut short by violence at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year. Built on the strong foundation of trauma-informed work at Klingberg Family Centers—one of our TOP® in CT partners—the Ana Grace Project seeks to promote love, connection and community for every child and family.

Conference attendees will learn about and add to understanding of best practices that foster healthy interpersonal connections and communities safe from violence. Participating community members, parents and guardians, and helping professionals will take away increased awareness of their own roles in preventing violence and promoting recovery. The conference will begin with a keynote address from Dr. Bruce Perry of the Child Trauma Academy on empathy and relational neurobiology, and live musical performances throughout the day will celebrate and honor Ana Grace’s life.

Break-out sessions focus on: using mindfulness practices in schools*; public health treatment of childhood adversity across generations; human costs of unmet mental health needs (panel discussion); creating compassionate learning and living communities; Mental Health First Aid; and Circle of Security parenting.

This conference will take place Monday, December 2 from 8 am to 5:30 pm at the Lincoln Center at the University of Hartford. Registration and payment are due by November 22. CEUs available. For more information, contact Kate Schworm at (860) 832-5503 or visit Ana Grace Project online.

* Interested in mindfulness? Learn more in our Spirituality in Youth Programming series and Inner Resilience report, an evaluation of the use of mindfulness practices in South Burlington, Vt. schools.

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