One-on-One & Groups

Without understanding our past and how it affects the future, youth are 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.

Mentorship sessions provide adults & youth with in-depth problem-solving solutions through prevention education & role modeling, thereby building empathy & trust, strengthening bonds, and feeling supported to change behaviors that are no longer healthy.


Real Talks

As a Speaker, Marcella Maggio prefers to dig 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?


Marcella filters every speech with Tips & Talks for Trusted Adults to shed light on the survivor experience. Her friendly yet straightforward delivery has made her a sought-after speaker.



  • City Heights Weingart Library

  • Mental Health Systems (MHS)

  • University of California San Diego


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1 Hour - Half Day; development, facilitation & evaluation, plus materials. Rates vary.

Marcella was knowledgeable & willing to share personal experiences as examples of ACEs & their impact on a child’s growth/adult’s reality.

A child’s hood, their protection, shouldn’t be limited to guardians. Especially if they’re the ones causing harm. Instead, community members can become Trusted Adults who have the ability to empower & support youth through life’s challenges by mentoring & modeling ABCs in their relationships. ACEs is only half the story. Resilience building practices are a must.

A Trusted Adult: Bring the Hood Back to the Child (One-time: 1-hour & *4-hour options)

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 youth 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. Participants gain knowledge about the biological consequences of ACEs, define the role of a Trusted Adult, and develop, adapt, and share skills to build their own Trusted Adult mentorship program.

*Besides the training, this option offers project management for the Trusted Adult Mentorship Program; follow-up visits with the organization’s executive team, management team, and all-staff to create action items and delegate responsibilities to support and strengthen the program.

Identity Quest: Taking the Road Less Traveled (Series of three (3); 1-hour each)

Youth can feel lost, not wanting to ask for directions. Instead, they guess where they need to be and hope for the best. This workshop will question the purpose of adulthood and discuss the best strategies to navigate the way. Is adulthood universal? While attempting to find out and prove themselves, youth usually travel with an outdated map, one that has relationship patterns set by ideals and opinions from generations long ago. Participants will learn how to engage in conversations about awareness, boundaries, consent and bystander intervention, thereby learning that the best map is their own moral compass.

Tune In & Watch Out: Recognize & Reshape Trauma in Media (One-time; 1-hour & 2-hour options)

While trauma in the media is not the leading cause of violence in society, it does contribute substantially by glorifying violence through fighting, jealousy, and using social status. Traumatized children can potentially view abusive relationships in the media as normal, even inspiring because they want to emulate what they see and hear. The song, Love on the Brain, features lyrics about a lover who beats Rihanna "black and blue". Despite the violence depicted, the singer admits she "can't get enough". When song lyrics, movie scenarios, and reality TV become reality, children often don’t recognize their need to seek help or learn about resilience.

The Consumption of Consumerism: Recognize & Reshape Trauma in Media One-time; 1-hour)

For adults, it is crucial to understand how relationships are portrayed in the media, why unhealthy behaviors start & persist, how advertising has drastically contributed to youth suicide & homicide and which strategies can normalize conversations with youth using the 3 C’s of Consumerism, which encourage media literacy & overall healthier generations. Through interactive learning, participants will identify the impact of trauma in media, from print to screen, commercials and product placement, and will learn 3 Tips & 3 Talks to give in 30 Seconds which help youth understand the differences between fantasy and real-life situations.

Survivor-to-Thriver: Unseen, Unheard, Until Now (One-time; *4-hour)

1 out of 4 people live with trauma impacted by ACEs, sexual assault, relationship violence, and are then re-victimized by organizations who claim to empower survivors, yet offer little to no support to staff who identify as survivors, thereby leading them to continue feeling unseen and unheard. This workshop explores "outside the box" alternatives to bring awareness to organizations to stop re-victimizing staff and start supporting their ongoing success by implementing a Survivor-to-Thriver Peer Mentorship Program. Does your organization claim to be trauma-informed without being informed by trauma survivors?

*This workshop offers project management for the Survivor-to-Thriver Peer Mentorship Program; follow-up visits with the organization’s executive team, management team, and all-staff to create action items and delegate responsibilities to support and strengthen the program.

It's My Life's trauma-informed, resilience-focused services developed & led by trauma survivor, Marcella Maggio. Customized services for youth, professionals & community groups offered.