“Youth grow to be, what they see. The patterns, the cycles, the learned behaviors.”
One-on-One & Groups
Without understanding our past and how it affects the future, youth are often traumatized by people who want to be Trusted Adults but don’t know how because: 1) They haven’t faced ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) themselves & 2) They never had a Trusted Adult and don't know how to be one.
Adults with ACEs are more likely to deny themselves of regular meals, medical attention & self-care, often teaching youth to normalize these behaviors. Once victim mentality begins, unhealthy relationships develop & persist.
Mentoring sessions provide adults & youth with in-depth problem-solving solutions through prevention education & role modeling, thereby building empathy and trust, strengthening bonds, and feeling supported to change behaviors that are no longer healthy.
It’s not about blaming or shaming our past, but shaping a balanced & resilient future, starting with the present.
Marcella Maggio digs beneath the surface, making every talk real & interactive. She asks questions & uncovers answers, sharing how every ACE has the potential to help or hinder... victim mentality, survivor or Thriver?
Passionate about advocating for change, Marcella shares stories about thriving after victimization and re-victimization, filtering every speech with Tips & Talks for Trusted Adults (informative tips and real talks).
Her friendly yet straightforward delivery has made her a sought-after speaker, educating youth and those who serve them about: ABCs in Relationships, Bystander Intervention, Domestic Violence, Mentorship, Resilience, Sexual Assault & Social Justice.
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence (CPEDV)
City Heights Weingart Library
Mental Health Systems (MHS)
University of California San Diego
1 Hour - Half Day; development, facilitation & evaluation, plus materials. Rates vary.
A Trusted Adult: Bring the Hood Back to the Child
Inspired by Mister Rogers Neighborhood, which understood the importance of community, this workshop defines the role of a Trusted Adult and how rallying together to educate and raise a child not only promotes the youth's safety and wellness, but the neighborhoods. While adults may attempt to help individually, when done collectively, neighborhood youth receive the message that adults care and community matters.
Designed for adults, parents/guardians, professionals who work with youth and families, including educators and administrators, childcare providers, law enforcement, youth-serving organizations, health and human service providers, faith-based organizations, healthcare, and victim advocates.