All children need a childhood. We bring together and strengthen families, cultivating conditions for children to succeed in life.
We believe that every child has the right to a nurturing, supportive childhood. What happens to us during the first five years of our life – when the architecture of our brain is formed – has outsized influence on who we will become, how we will form relationships, and if we get to determine our path in life.
90% of brain development happens before a child’s 5th birthday. Far too many children experience trauma during this critical first five years. Allies’ children are growing up in historically underserved communities in Los Angeles, largely defined by poverty, homelessness, substance dependence, community violence, neglect and abuse, stemming from generations of structural inequality. When these traumas are experienced during a child’s earliest years, they can sabotage their ability to form secure attachments— a fundamental building block of the developing brain that is foundational to a human being’s sense of worth, their ability to empathize, to regulate impulses and emotions, and to problem solve and learn.