It's My Life

If you don’t trust YOU, how can youth?

Adults are often too overworked or stressed to be the encouragement & support youth need.

Invest in self-discovery, youth mentorship & collaboration with other Trusted Adults.


Marcella Maggio closing out California’s 20th Annual Denim Day Rally, hosted by California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) & California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV)... the perfect Partners in Preventing Crime.

Stand in solidarity with survivors by signing the petition and telling Governor Newsom to work for not against us!

Bring the hood back to the child

A child’s hood, their protection, shouldn’t be limited to parents. Especially if they’re the ones causing harm. Instead, people can join forces and share resources, becoming Trusted Adults in order to prevent and respond to trauma in their neighborhoods.

Trusted Adults have the ability to help youth through life’s challenges by mentoring & modeling ABCs (Awareness, Boundaries, Consent) in their relationships. How do you show up for YOUth?



teach identity,

Learn Resiliency &

STRENGTHEN communities

by being a Trusted Adult.

It’s My Life promotes Community Engagement with the goal of sparking conversation about ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and how having a Trusted Adult during youth is key to prevention.

Since 2008, Survivor, Preventionist & Speaker, Marcella Maggio has provided keynote speeches, interactive-workshops, and mentoring sessions to communities and policymakers throughout California, sharing trauma-informed, resilient-focused strategies with adults and youth-serving organizations to prevent and respond to ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences).

For decades Marcella had no awareness that her childhood trauma contributed to victim mentality; blaming others, shaming herself, and modeling unhealthy behaviors to the youth she lived and worked with until she took accountability of her life!

Passionate about advocating for change in ACEs, domestic violence and sexual assault prevention education, Marcella is an award-winning activist, graduate of Mid-City CAN’s (Community Advocacy Network) Resident Leadership Academy and currently serves on CPEDV’s (California Partnership to End Domestic Violence) Survivor Advisory Committee.


Debut episode: What is a Trusted Adult?

Show up for YOUth:

Facing ACEs & Finding ME Podcast

3 survivors. 10 questions. 1 per episode.

With guests, Host & Survivor Marcella Maggio sheds light on the CDC’s (Center for Disease Control) darkest study… Facing Adverse Childhood Experiences & Finding Mindful Experiences.