Unselfie-ness

December 1, 2014

Beem'sby:  Julie Beem

When ATN joined the #GivingTuesday campaign the idea of members posting their “selfie” photos that communicate why they support ATN really struck a cord. Not only because it is a simple, clever way to tell others about our work over social media. But mostly it was because I get to see the faces of so many people I truly love, even if I’ve never met them in person. Our volunteers are truly “unselfie” folks who have given so much to traumatized children. All ATNers are “unselfie” — our members, whether parents of professionals — have given so much to their children and the children they treat.

Our #UNselfie campaign isn’t about making me smile, though. It’s about the need ATN has for funding to keep increasing our reach to other families of traumatized children and about the unselfish generosity that keeps ATN growing.

2014 was an incredible year for ATN. We reached a record 10,000 parents and professionals with Support, Education and Advocacy — including a wildly successful Educating Traumatized Children Summit to over 3,000 teachers and parents And we did it with such a small budget and tireless passion of many of those “unselfie” faces that you see in this video http://youtu.be/8u7tkR3Iz8E .

I’m so proud that we’re able to highlight the “unselfie-ness” that permeates ATN. This generous passion makes it easy to assure donors that when you donate to ATN, EVERYTHING goes directly to help the children and families.

So please share your #UNselfie and spread the message that ATN unselfishly cares about traumatized children and the families who are raising them. And give generously so we can continue to give HOPE through Support, Education, and Advocacy for our children.

Here’s ATN’s #GivingTuesday donation site: http://givetoatn.causevox.com/.

Julie has been ATN's Executive Director since 2009. She joined the organization in 2004 after finding incredible support from fellow ATNers when she was searching for answers about her own daughter's early childhood trauma and attachment disorders. Julie leads a staff of passionate professionals and acts as spokesperson for the organization. Prior to ATN, Julie was the president of a marketing and communications consultancy, The Epiphany Group, and has over two decades of experience in professional services marketing, strategic planning and communication strategies. As a graduate of Partners in Policymaking and through personal experience, Julie has garnered a great deal of experience in the areas of special education, school issues, and disabilities advocacy. A published author, Julie wrote a chapter in the EMK Press Adoption Parenting book and was the special needs blogger at Adoptionblogs.com for two years. She frequently presents workshops on attachment and trauma to local and national groups. Email Julie. Julie holds an MBA from Avila College in Kansas City and was a Certified Professional Services Marketer. Julie, and her husband Dave, are parents to four (bio, step and adoptive), including their youngest daughter, adopted from China. This daughter’s attachment difficulties and developmental trauma disorder have changed their lives significantly…in amazing ways.

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