The Story of Your Number, the first national awareness campaign about ACEs and toxic stress, has been spreading information and promoting healing and hope since May 2021.

Number Story

ACE Resource Network developed and launched the first national awareness and education campaign and its accompanying resource hub, and, on ACEs, toxic stress, hope, and healing. In the campaign’s first year, we reached tens of millions of people across the country through partnerships, celebrity and influencer engagements, radio, TV, social media, and other strategies and platforms.

Partnerships and Collaborations

The heart of our work is connection, and partnerships and collaborations have been central to raising awareness of the impacts of childhood adversity and toxic stress through “The Story of Your Number,” or Number Story.

If you’re interested in exploring a collaboration or partnership with Number Story or ACE Resource Network, we welcome you to email Joy, our Communications and Engagement Manager, at [email protected].

These selected partners and projects from the first year of the Number Story campaign highlight a diverse array of collaborators with a unified vision of sharing about the potential impacts of our childhood experiences, preventing and addressing childhood adversity, and promoting strategies for healing and resilience.

American SPCC​

ACE Resource Network and American Society for the Positive Care of Children partnered to develop a toolkit for parents and caregivers of babies and young children. “We All Have a Number Story: Your Child’s First Chapters” is unique in its framework around the lasting impacts our own childhood experiences may have on us as parents and caregivers – how our children may be affected, how their early years count, and how we can help provide a strong start for our kids and families even through tough times and challenging situations. Launched during National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April 2022, our partnership also included shared social media outreach and a co-hosted virtual learning session for caregivers on ACEs, toxic stress, healing, and prevention.

Compton Unified School District

In the fall of 2021, we teamed up with Compton Unified School District to help promote ACEs awareness and build resilience. Our leadership provided virtual training on preventing and addressing ACEs and toxic stress in educational settings to Compton Unified School District educators. All educators received a copy of What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing by Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey, courtesy of the Oprah Winfrey Foundation. Number Story sponsored a family wellness festival, “Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover,” with Levar Burton at a Compton middle school, designed to provide access to strategies and resources for healing and prevention, while celebrating community, promoting literacy, and creating opportunities for positive experiences.

GetLit: We All Have a Number Story​

We partnered with Get Lit, an LA-based arts education non-profit that works to increase literacy, empower youth, and inspire communities through a spoken word poetry curriculum, using the power of storytelling to raise awareness about ACEs.
Six youth poets wrote pieces about childhood trauma and ACEs. Each poet was paired with a celebrity who met with them, learned about their story, and recorded a few introductory lines that were posted, along with the spoken word performance, on the celebrity’s social media to help extend and amplify the reach of the message. The entire series is available to view on our Get Lit Spotlight.

Kaiser Permanente of Southern California: What Is a Number Story?

We partnered with Kaiser Permanente Southern California to increase awareness and understanding of ACEs and toxic stress among their patients and staff. This initiative was part of a pilot program to screen for ACEs in pediatric settings.


Launched in May 2022, #MyArtStory brought awareness to the transformative power of art in preventing, addressing, and healing childhood adversity and trauma. Artists of all genres collaborated to share their creations and their stories, including director and filmmaker Emil Nava, singer/songwriter Laura Jane Grace, and tattoo and visual artist Young Bae. To launch the campaign, we co-hosted a themed salon at Art of Elysium in Los Angeles, to explore and celebrate the intersection of the arts, healing, and well-being.

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