YWCA Book Club news

Board of Directors explores adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)

Suggested by board member and CASA Volunteer Genny Mills, the YWCA board is reading The Deepest Well by Dr. Nadine Burke Harris.

The book explores the groundbreaking scientific research behind adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

Two-thirds of us have experienced at least one ACE, like bereavement, divorce or neglect. The Deepest Well offers a new way of understanding the lifelong consequences.
YWCA Advocates have been working with the effects of ACEs since before they had a name. Dr. Burke Harris’s work describes the tragic cost of ACEs on individuals and to society. Her book identifies ways to help retrain the brain and the body, build resilience, and help kids, adults, and families live healthier lives.

Said Andrea Unck, Board Development Committee Chair, the board chooses a book each year as a way to come together, discuss topics integral to our YWCA mission and work, and build community.

It is wonderful, she said, that we can have an in-person discussion this year.
Past reads include Dare to Lead by Brene Brown, Why Does he Do That? by Lundy Bancroft, and The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates.