Join No More Stolen Childhoods for a Virtual Day of Fitness that Helps #MOVEmaryland Forward

Join No More Stolen Childhoods for a Virtual Day of Fitness that Helps #MOVEmaryland Forward

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In a time when people are finding new ways to connect, and organizations like No More Stolen Childhoods are finding new ways to do our vital work, we are excited to be partnering with MOVE Maryland for a virtual day of wellness to benefit NMSC and move Maryland’s nonprofits forward!

With the unprecedented impact to all aspects of life brought on by COVID-19, No More Stolen Childhoods, like most, has had to be quick on its toes. For nonprofits, figuring out how to safely and effectively serve their constituents has been paramount. NMSC has worked hard to shift our trainings to online platforms, making them accessible to trusted adults across the state, whether they are working from home, caring for kids, or doing both at the same time.

In addition to continuing to fulfill their missions, organizations have had to innovate ways to build and sustain community support. When we learned about MOVE Maryland we couldn’t wait to engage in an innovative and fun way to raise funds and awareness for our mission.

On Saturday, November 7, participants will get access to a day of live fitness classes led by some of the best instructors in Maryland and backed by the tunes of DJ Kopec. Did you know that DJ Kopec has been receiving much-deserved national attention in recent months?  He’s raised over $1 million for nonprofits through his virtual dance parties, all broadcasted with his family from their Baltimore basement!

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Participants in MOVE Maryland sign up to raise $200 or more for their chosen nonprofit. Since it’s all digital, there’s the possibility to raise funds from across the state, the country, or even the world.  Challenge your neighbors to a friendly competition to see who can raise the most money for NMSC and celebrate on November 7 with a community wide Family Boot Camp class.  Reach out to your college friends on social media and invite them to participate from their homes. Miss your workout buddies? Get everyone to raise funds and celebrate together with a virtual Barre Class on November 7. Have teenagers in your life who need some community service hours? Let’s get them raising money for a nonprofit they believe in and then celebrate with their friends for a day of fitness, music, and fun.


MOVE Maryland gives everyone an opportunity to support Maryland communities and keep their fitness routine. Once you’ve raised your $200, you’ll get a virtual ticket for the November 7 event, which means access to all the following classes:

  • Spin – Jami Crist (REV Cycle)
  • Barre –  Charlotte Thomsen (REV Cycle) & Darryl Peterson (REV Cycle & FX Fitness)
  • Tae Bo – Erin Lensky (FX Fitness)
  • Family Bootcamp – Reese and Amanda Ashe (Reflex Functional Fitness)

All the information for MOVE Maryland can be found here and you can register here. To support No More Stolen Childhoods, select us in Step 3 of registration.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be promoting MOVEMaryland on social media and elsewhere. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get reminders and share posts with your network.

Most importantly, thank you for stepping up to raise funds for No More Stolen Childhoods! We can’t wait to meet you in the living room, the workout room, or the backyard on November 7th to join the MOVEment taking Maryland forward!

Advancing Trauma-Informed Legislation in Maryland and Beyond

Advancing Trauma-Informed Legislation in Maryland and Beyond

As a partner and supporter of No More Stolen Childhoods, you are already familiar with the concept of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences). The ACE study, spearheaded by the CDC and Kaiser Permanente in 1995, broke new ground in documenting the long-lasting and compounding nature of traumatic experiences in childhood. We now know these experiences often have lifelong impact and, when not addressed, can lead to significant physical and mental health challenges. While the science driving these insights has continued to refine, translating the science into trauma-informed legislation moves considerably slower.

No More Stolen Childhoods was honored to partner with Maryland SCCAN (State Council for Child Abuse and Neglect, Maryland Essentials for Childhood and The Family Tree to research and produce Toward a More Prosperous Maryland: Legislative Solutions to Prevent and Mitigate Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Build Resilient Communities. We are confident that this will be a valuable and pragmatic guide for Maryland legislators and other readers to understand the science of ACEs and developmental trauma, their human and economic costs, how to foster resiliency, and the range of legislative methods to continue improving the lives of Maryland children and families from generation to generation.

We are delighted to offer this resource to our many partners and allies across the state and beyond. While we at NMSC aim to change the public perception of child sexual abuse and help those who have been abused to find fulfillment, the central finding of the ACE study is that the sexual abuse of children does not occur in a vacuum. That is, where sexual abuse is or has been present, children are more likely to also experience every kind of maltreatment, as well as environmental and social hurdles such as domestic violence, poverty, housing instability, and so on. Adverse childhood experiences, in the home and in communities, often intertwine or operate in tandem.

Just as child sexual abuse does not occur in a vacuum, neither is it prevented nor healed from in isolation. The advancement of child and family welfare in one domain contributes to the advancement of their welfare in others. In order to benefit from the many forms these efforts take, we have included an appendix to the document that offers a comprehensive breakdown of both Maryland’s and nationwide legislative efforts to prevent and mitigate ACEs. Section A presents states’ efforts along five different types of legislative mechanisms, while Section B presents legislative efforts within the CDC’s “Six Research-Informed Policy Strategies to Prevent and Mitigate ACEs”. For those actively advancing the legislative needs of children, these charts represent an immense resource, with summaries and links to over 150 pieces of legislation nationwide. The research on ACEs has been recognized in over 280 proposed bills and 60 enacted statutes in 42 states across the country.

Collectively, we are heading in the right direction, and it is in the spirit of a shared commitment to preventing abuse and strengthening families that we share Toward a More Prosperous Maryland. We look forward to continuing to advance this momentum in Maryland and beyond.